Rare antique Pepsin Gum tin dispenser and fortune teller coin-op brings $57,000 at Showtime Auctions A rare antique Pepsin Gum coin-operated tin dispener, accepting one cent for both gum and fortune, sold for $57,000 at an auction held Oct. 4-6 by Showtime Auction Services in Ann Arbor Michigan.
Two lots posted identical selling prices of $7,200. One was a 19 inch by 25 inch Prince Albert tin sign depicting Chief Joseph, Nez Perce, compliments of R. J. Reynolds Co. American Art Works (Coshocton, Oh.). The other was a Peerless Shoe Repair outdoor trade sign, two-sided (“Satisfaction Guaranteed – Work Done While You Wait”), 56 inches by 32 inches by 1 inch.
A Watling five-cent “Rol-A-Top” cherry front slot machine, professionally restored and in good working condition, complete with keys, went for $6,600; and a 1937 Steelcraft Auburn Super Charger Deluxe pedal car, colored Honolulu blue and silver, with chrome exhaust pipes, windshield and upholstered seat, professionally restored, 50 inches long, charged off for $4,680.
A hard-to-find Sykes After Shaving Powder tin with barber shop image and a scene titled “Next”, made by The Comfort Powder Co. (Boston, Mass.), 4 ½ inches tall, breezed to $3,420; and a “St. George” fishing reel made by Hardy Brothers, Ltd. (England) topped out at $1,260.
Showtime Auction Services’ next big auction is scheduled for the weekend of April 4-6, also at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor. Featured will be the Robert and Janet Staub lifetime collection and Neil J. Frick antique store collection. Quality consignments for this and all future auctions are actively being sought. To consign a single item or a collection, you may call Mike Eckles at (951) 453-2415; or, you can e-mail him at MikEckles@aol.com.
Specific categories for which Showtime Auction Services has become renowned in the industry include petroliana (gas station collectibles) and automobilia, salesmen’s samples, general store and country store, match safes, advertising signs, trays, cast-iron toys, pressed steel toys, tin toys, pedal cars, barber shop, tobacciana, cigar lighters and tip cutters and hardware.
Additional categories include telephone, store tins, Coca-Cola, Western, Native American, guns, whiskey, primitives, lamps, bronzes, drug store, saloon, post office, coin-op, arcades, scales, gambling, cash registers, fishing, folk art, clocks, fine art, firefighting antiques and memorabilia, slot machines, breweriana, displays and showcases, firearms posters and more.
To learn more about Showtime Auction Services, and the upcoming April 4-6 auction, please log on to www.showtimeauctions.com. Updates are posted frequently.