This 1,700+ lot auction follows closely on the heels of the company’s blockbuster coin-op sale in October, 2016 and features many world class machines consigned directly from the Barry Goldfarb collection.
Las Vegas, Nevada, December 20, 2016 – Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is pleased to announce this multi-million dollar sales event to be held on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th, 2017 starting at 9am PST both days. All lots from this auction are on display in Morphy’s Las Vegas auction gallery and available for preview now.
Let’s take a gamble and start off by reviewing this sale’s remarkable selection of countertop slot machines. Lot #155, a Charles Fey Liberty Bell slot machine and shipping crate, rings true with its $150,000-250,000 estimate. This 1895 example, in working, all original, untouched condition, is considered the apex of all coin-op gambling machines ever manufactured. Lot #903, a circa 1905-1910 5¢ Caille Liberty package gum slot machine, believed to be the only known surviving example, is estimated at $120,000-$225,000. It was designed to sidestep the gambling laws of the time by dispensing a pack of gum with every play; unlike other machines with a vending element, this model has the gum vendor on top of the machine. Lot #156, an early 1900’s 1¢ Caille Hy-Lo poker machine, takes the high road with its $20,000-$40,000. This royal flush example is in working, untouched, all original condition, including the marquee with its paper award card. Lot #5, a late 1930’s 5¢ Mills Novelty Co. Hoke Snake slot machine estimated at $25,000-$50,000, features a distinctive serpentine motif on the upper and lower castings along with the skill element. To the best of our expert’s knowledge, this is the only known example with this amazingly eye-catching detailing. And it’s a grand slam with lot #6, a 1910 1¢ Caille base-ball slot machine, estimated at $10,000- $15,000.
Enthusiasts will also want to drop a dime on this sale’s amazing offering of antique floor model gambling machines. Lot #306, a circa 1905 5¢ Mills roulette slot machine, would be a head-spinning addition to any collection. This extraordinarily rare example, in phenomenal, all original condition with nickel plated iron castings and a handsome quarter sawn oak cabinet, is estimated at $150,000- $300,000. Lot #154, an 1899 5¢ and 25¢ Mills “Double Dewey” musical slot machine, is worth a double – or even triple – take. This outstandingly constructed and decorated machine features an oak cabinet with recessed panels, carved appliques, fluted columns, ornate cast iron claw feet, and reliefs of Admiral Dewey and Mozart. It is well in tune with its $60,000- $80,000 estimate. Any jury would find lot #304, a 5¢ Mills “The Judge” musical cabinet slot machine, guilty of being remarkably desirable. This unusual example, featuring an oak cabinet with recessed panels and carved applique details and ornate cast iron elements, is estimated at $15,000-$30,000. Lot #103, a circa 1901 5¢ Caille New Century musical Detroit slot machine can play up to six coins at a time and is estimated at $20,000- $30,000. And there’s gold in the hills with lot #307, a 1949 life-sized carved wooden 5¢ Pace “8” Star Bell Frank Polk miner slot machine, estimated at $20,000- $30,000.
This sale’s amazing selection of over 300 trade stimulators leaves nothing up to chance. Lot #253, a 1920’s era 10¢ Lukat “The Lucky Cat” trade stimulator, will have collectors feline groovy with its $20,000-$40,000 estimate. It rewards winning players with a gumball and cigars. Lot #191, an early 20th century cast iron 5¢ Watling “Color Match” trade stimulator, is noteworthy for its condition as well as its original side vendor. It is estimated at $20,000- $40,000. Lot #937, an early 1900’s 5¢ Mills Bulls Eye Counter Wheel trade stimulator, is certain to hit the mark with its $15,000- $25,000 estimate. This example, in excellent, unrestored, all original condition features ornately detailed castings affixed to a matching cast iron rotating base and a near mint tin litho color wheel. Lot #1049, a circa 1935 5¢ Superior Vendomat cigarette vender trade stimulator, will meet its match with its $8,000 – $15,000 estimate. And it’s all hands on deck with lot #341, an early 20th century 5¢ Mills Novelty “The Pilot” nautical themed countertop trade stimulator, estimated at $15,000- $20,000. This beautifully detailed cast iron example has a 6-way coin head and one reel with images of spades, hearts, clubs, diamonds, an anchor, and a sailor; winnings are paid out in trade checks ranging from 10¢ to $2.
According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, “Morphy Auctions enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence with antique coin-op machines, and this sale only cements our leadership position in this important category. This event, featuring many outstanding examples from the Barry Goldfarb collection, will undoubtedly tempt collectors with its phenomenal offerings of antique arcade, vending, and gambling machines. The 1905 5¢ Mills roulette slot machine is truly in a class by itself and we are delighted to be able to offer it to our collectors through this sale. We welcome you to visit our gallery in Las Vegas to view these exceptional machines in person, or of course check them out online anytime at www.morphyauctions.com.”
About Morphy Auctions:
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collectibles, is located in Denver, PA. The company also has an office in Las Vegas, NV. A full service auction house, the company presents over 30 premier auctions annually, as well as monthly discovery sales. Morphy’s team of specialists includes the nation’s finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, automobilia and petroliana; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; and jewelry. Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories. Morphy’s has been in business since 2004 and has grown from two to over 65 employees in over a decade.
Morphy Auctions, Las Vegas is located at 4520 Arville Street, Las Vegas, NV 89103. We can be reached by phone at 702-382-2466, by fax at 702-382-6513, and by email at email@example.com. Our Las Vegas gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. For more information on Morphy’s, please visit www.MorphyAuctions.com.
President, Morphy Auctions
|5||5¢ Mills Novelty Co. Hoke Snake Slot Machine||$25,000||$50,000|
|6||1¢ Caille Bros. Base-Ball Slot Machine||$10,000||$15,000|
|153||5¢ Caille New Century Musical Detroit Slot Machine||$20,000||$30,000|
|154||5¢ & 25¢ Mills “Double Dewey” Musical Slot Machine||$60,000||$80,000|
|155||5¢ Charles Fey Liberty Bell Slot Machine & Shipping Crate||$150,000||$250,000|
|156||1¢ Caille Hy-Lo Poker Machine||$20,000||$40,000|
|191||5¢ Watling “Color Match” Trade Stimulator||$20,000||$40,000|
|253||10¢ Lukat “The Lucky Cat” Countertop Trade Stimulator||$20,000||$40,000|
|304||5¢ Mills “The Judge” Musical Cabinet Slot Machine||$15,000||$30,000|
|306||5¢ Mills Floor Model Roulette Slot Machine||$150,000||$300,000|
|307||5¢ Pace “8” Star Bell Frank Polk Miner Slot Machine||$20,000||$30,000|
|341||5¢ Mills Novelty The Pilot Countertop Trade Stimulator||$15,000||$20,000|
|903||5¢ Caille Liberty Package Gum Slot Machine||$120,000||$225,000|
|937||5¢ Mills Bulls Eye Counter Wheel Trade Stimulator||$15,000||$25,000|
|1049||5¢ Superior Vendomat Cigarette Trade Stimulator||$8,000||$15,000|