Showtime Auction Services has huge three-day event planned for Apr. 12-14 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Over 2,400 lots from three major collections of country store, pedal cars, toys and firefighting memorabilia will be offered the weekend of Apr. 12-14 by Showtime Auction Services in Ann Arbor, Mich.
soda fountain front and back bar, plus many other desirable turn-of-the-century store fixtures.
Vintage cars will roar off with new owners at the wheel. These include a fresh-to-the-market 1948 Pontiac “Woody” 8-cylinder 4-speed station wagon with Hydramatic transmission, mechanically sound and ready for a road trip (est. $30,000-$40,000); and an eye-catching 1947 Fleet Mfg. “cabin car” wood tear-drop travel trailer, 14 feet in length (est. $3,000-$5,000).
If cash registers are your collectible of choice, this auction features more than 15 rare National Cash Registers, ranging from $1,000-$7,000 in value. One is sure to stand out, though. It's a National Cash Register Model 6 (commonly known as “the barber shop model”) and it has been fully restored to its original condition, with an extended oak base (est. $3,000-$4,500).
Native American items will include an 1890 Sioux beaded horse saddle blanket in excellent condition (est. $2,500-$4,500). The early saddle blankets are some of the more rare beaded pieces available for collectors. Also being sold will be many other beaded Native American artifacts, to include moccasins, gauntlets, pipe bag, a complete suit and a baby's cradle.
Many rare store displays and products will come under the gavel, such as a Munsingwear tin die-cut store display in excellent condition, with 9 ½ inch square base and 45 inches tall (est. $2,000-$4,000). It is one of four Munsingwear tin displays to be sold, along with other makers.
The first day of the auction – Friday, Apr. 12 – will be for the live audience only (no phone or Internet bidding). The hours will be 10-6 (EST), with previews on Thursday, Apr. 11, from noon to 5 p.m and Friday from 8-10 a.m. The next two days – Apr. 13-14 - will feature live, Internet, absentee and phone bidding. Auction hours are Saturday from 9-6 (with a preview from 8-9 a.m.) and Sunday from 10-6 (with uncataloged items for live bidding only from 8-10 a.m.
The host hotel for this auction is Weber’s Hotel, located at 3050 Jackson Avenue in Ann Arbor. For reservations, call (734) 769-2500. Room trading will go on each evening after the auction. Catalogs will be mailed out around Mar. 7. To order a full-color 208-page catalog, call Amy at (734) 675-6265.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Showtime Auction Services and the upcoming Apr. 12-14 auction, please log on to www.ShowtimeAuctions.com.