1905 Wurlitzer PianOrchestra plays a sweet tune for $120,000 at Showtime's Oct. 5-7 auction A rare and desirable 1905 Wurlitzer Style 17 PianOrchestra in excellent working condition soared to $120,000 at a huge three-day sale held Oct. 5-7 by Showtime Auction Services in Ann Arbor, Mich.
glass corner and beveled mirror, 120 inches long, in very good original condition, made $55,000.
Two lots posted identical prices of $15,400. One was a rare Campbell’s Soup porcelain thermometer, one of only two known, 7 ¼ inches by 12 ½ inches, in good condition except for some minor paint loss. The other was a dolphin cigar lighter with sterling silver trim and horn body. The piece was purchased from a museum and was in excellent, all-original condition.
A 1925 American National Packard coupe kids’ pedal car, 57 inches long, one of only three made and in excellent condition, sped off for $11,865; a Pairpoint Rose Puffy boudoir lamp with 13 inch by 22 inch shade, in excellent condition, lit up the room for $11,300; a Beard Mfg. Co. salesman’s sample windmill (Model “M,” Angola, Ind.), 19 ½ inches tall, brought $10,200; and a Polar Bear tobacco tin store bin (the rare version with the word “SCRAP” on it) hit $4,200.
Showtime Auction Services has moved its spring auction from the usual last weekend in March to the weekend of April 12-14, 2013, so as not to collide with Easter. Featured will be the lifetime, 40-year collection of Bill and Kathie Gasperino, collectors in many categories, Part 2 of the Robert and Harriet Potter collection, and quality merchandise from over 100 other consignors. It promises to be a diverse sale.
Showtime Auction Services is based in Woodhaven, Mich. The firm is always accepting quality items for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call Michael Eckles at (951) 453-2415; or, you can e-mail him at MikEckles@aol.com. To learn more about Showtime Auction Services, log on to www.ShowtimeAuctions.com. Updates are posted often.