C/B a la Spirite corset display with mannequin fetches $17,100 at Showtime Auction Services A C/B a la Spirite corset display with the original box, original etched and gold leaf on the front of the display case and a mannequin inside sold for $17,100 at an auction held Apr. 12-14 in Michiga
News-Antique.com - May 02,2013 - (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) – A C/B a la Spirite corset display with the original box, original etched and gold leaf on the front of the display case and even a mannequin inside (with a price tag of $1 affixed to the sample corset) sold for $17,100 at a three-day auction held Apr. 12-14 by Showtime Auction Services, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The display measured 23 ½ inches by 42 inches by 20 inches and the mannequin was in very good original condition, except for some minor staining. The lot was typical of many other country store and general store displays that contained actual product, driving up their value and desirability as a collectible. Most of these displays had not been on the market for 30-40 years.
They came from the collection of the auction’s headlining consignors – Bill and Kathie Gasperino, known in antique circles for having one of the finest country store and advertising collections in the United States. Also offered was Part 2 of the Robert and Harriett Potter fire fighting collection and Part 3 of the Ed and Christy Ramsey collection of toys and pedal cars.
In all, over 2,400 lots came up for bid in an auction that grossed about $2.2 million. “It was one of our best spring auctions ever,” remarked Mike Eckles of Showtime Auction Services, based in Woodhaven, Mich. “Over 500 lots were rare and unseen country store and general store displays and products from the Gasperinos. I can’t stress enough the quality of their collection.”
The auction featured merchandise from over 30 categories (fairly typical for Showtime Auction Services, which only conducts two auctions a year, spring and fall sales that are mega-events). Approximately 2,200 people registered to bid online, via LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com. There were also over 300 phone bids and more than 250 absentee bids recorded.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a buyer’s premium of between 14-20 percent, depending on how people bid and the method of payment.
The sale’s top lot was an extremely rare Campbell’s Soup embossed tin sign (“6 Plates for 10 Cents – Just Add Hot Water and Serve”). Measuring 40 inches by 27 ½ inches, it is one of the most sought after advertising signs by advertising and folk art collectors. Some nail holes around the perimeter and light rusting didn’t deter bidders, who drove the final price to $60,000.
Following close behind, at $57,000, was a 1917 La France automatic aerial ladder truck, professionally restored and in excellent running condition. “In our opinion, this is the finest hook and ladder fire truck ever offered at auction,” Mr. Eckles said. The truck (Reg. #352) came with a period braided life net and equipment, and said on the side, “Martin’s Ferry Hook & Ladder.”
A Bellingham Bay Beer reverse glass sign in the original frame, in mostly excellent condition and 19 ½ inches in diameter, soared to $31,200; an outdoor sand sign for Walden