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
Eddy Plows (Greenwich, N.Y.), in very good condition, 59 inches by 24 inches, brought $20,520; and a rare Kelly Tire round tin sign in good original condition, 24 inches in diameter, made $17,100.
“The Happy Jap” coin-operated gum vendor, made circa 1902 and in good original condition, hammered for $28,500; and a National Cash Register Model 442-E-L cash register with reproduction top sign (“Try Our Oysters”), professionally restored by Peter Warns, whose grandfather was a repairman at NCR when the brass machines were first made, rose to $6,600.
A bronze sculpture by the Egyptian-born American artist Maher Morocos (b. 1946), one of only 20 cast, changed hands for $15,960. The sculpture, 34 inches tall, depicted an American Indian brave leaning down from his horse and handing a canteen to a wounded, thirsty cowboy. Titled The Only Good Indian, it was designed as a 73rd birthday present for Pres. Ronald Reagan.
An authentic Sioux Native American beaded baby cradle in a geometric pattern, made circa 1890 from sinew, sewn supple cowhide, 21 inches tall, garnered $7,500; a circa 1930s Steelcraft Auburn Super Charge pedal car, fully restored, with pneumatic tires, 55 inches long, sped off for $4,560; and a J. Chein Popeye bag puncher tin toy, near mint in the box, hit $3,600.
Showtime Auction Services’ next big auction will be held Oct. 3-5, also at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, Mich. It will feature the lifetime advertising collection of Don and Diane Sayrizi, plus consignments from over 100 advanced collectors, in the many categories that have made Showtime Auction Services renowned in the industry.
These include petroliana (gas station) and automobilia, general store, country store, toys, pedal cars, barber shop, tobacciana, fire fighting antiques and memorabilia, veterinary, hardware, advertising signs, store tins, soda fountain, Coca-Cola, Western, Native American, farm signs, whiskey, breweriana, match safes, drug store, saloon, post office, coin-op, arcade, scales, gambling, cash registers, folk art, department store, millinery, showcases and store fixtures.
Showtime Auction Services is always accepting quality items for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or an entire 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 and the upcoming Oct. 3-5 auction, log on to www.ShowtimeAuctions.com. Updates are posted often.