Coin-ops, music-related items, gaming lots and more all do well at Fontaine's September 21st auction A pair of antique Mills Novelty Company coin-operated machines – a Violano-Virtuoso and a Perfect Muscle Developer – shared top lot honors by realizing identical prices of $15,930 at Fontaine's.
opens to reveal an animated band beginning to play music once the jukebox is turned on, with a banner reading “Strike Up the Band,” fetched $7,670; and a J. Krejci & Son cylinder organ in fine playing condition, housed in a restored walnut case, playing eight tunes, hit $5,605.
A Seeburg “Shoot the Bear” arcade game, in which the player fires a laser at a display of a bear running around a cluster of trees with a hound dog chasing it, 20 shots per turn, housed in a 3-foot-tall by 3 ½-foot-wide target cabinet, garnered $7,139; and a 1940s advertising carousel for Indian Motorcycles, designed to be placed on a merry-go-round, two seats, brought $4,720.
Get your peanuts! Get your popcorn! A Salted Peanut Man coin-op peanut dispenser, one cent, with a large cast metal head of “Sam” with his tongue sticking out, the user inserting a coin, pulling Sam’s tongue and out pours a handful of peanuts, made $3,835; while a Popperette popcorn maker and dispenser, made in the 1950s and in good working condition, rose to $6,195.
A Swiss-made B.A. Bremond inlaid cylinder musical mandolin Organcleide bell box, the rosewood box having inlaid borders and an ebonized panel on the lid with flowers, filigree and a scroll, playing ten tunes (airs) breezed to $5,900; and a Criterion mahogany 15 ¾ inch disc music box with mahogany case and on an original mahogany stand, with 73 discs, commanded $5,605.
A Mills Special Award 7-7-7 25-cent high top reel style slot machine with black painted case, silver escutcheons and mounts, and a standing wood carved and painted figure of Al Capone smoking a cigar and holding a Tommy gun, went for $5,251; and a floor model, 5-cent “The Quartoscope” view machine with quarter sawn oak case, showing 12 slides, made $4,130.
A Green River Whiskey tin advertising sign with a figure of a black man standing by the side of the Green River Inn beside a horse, made by Chas. W. Schonk Co. Litho. (Chicago) 30 inches by 40 inches, knocked down at $4,720; and a Glasco Model GBV-50 Coca-Cola cooler and vending machine, accepting dimes or two nickels, a red painted floor model, rose to $3,363.
Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s next big sale is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m., also in the Pittsfield gallery. Offered will be over 400 lots of fine furniture and accessories, lighting, bronzes, art glass, cameo glass, paintings, porcelain and more. Headlining the event will be the David Marshall Collection. For over 30 years, Mr. Marshall operated The Antique Room in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he sold only the finest museum-quality, 19th century American antiques.
With over 40 years in the auction business, Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is a name that has earned the trust of collectors, investors and gallery owners around the world. Cataloged lots receive nationwide exposure to the firm’s expansive database of over 15,000 qualified buyers. Seven times Fontaine’s Auction Gallery has been voted “Best Antique Auction Gallery” by the public.