365 quality, fresh lots will be sold at Fontaine's Auction Gallery on Saturday, March 29th, in Mass. 365 lots of fresh, quality lots in a host of diverse categories – musical items, coin-op, advertising, toys, country store, banks, gaming and more – will be sold March 29 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery
Soda collectors will be treated to a VMC model 81 7-Up cooler and vending machine, circa 1950s, made by Vendolator Mfg. Co., 58 ˝ inches tall (est. $3,000-$5,000); a cast-iron Coca-Cola bottle fence post topper, circa 1900-1910, in the form of a Coke bottle (est. $2,500-$3,500); and a Vendo Junior Cooler Coca-Cola coin-op spin top machine (est. $1,500-$2,000).
Highlighting the tobacco signs category will be a U.S. Segars Company cigar trade wood sign with the original paint, reading “U.S. Grant Segars” (est. $1,500-$2,500); a Napoleon Cigar self-framed repousse sign with a portrait of Napoleon (est. $1,500-$2,000); and a nicely painted Prince Albert Tobacco tin sign showing a portrait of Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (est. $700-$900).
The auction will also feature a pressed steel American National Pedal Car kid’s barber chair, convertible form, with long running boards and fenders (est. $4,000-$6,000); a Gouldings Manures advertising clock, signed New Haven (Conn.) Clock Co. (est. $1,500-$2,000); and a cast-iron nutcracker depicting a standing male hobo, made circa 1890-1900 (est. $1,200-$1,500).
Rounding out some of the day’s expected top lots will be a Folies Bergere deco movie poster, by the artist Picard Pico, in a gilt and ebonized frame (est. $4,000-$6,000); a set of three cartoon animation production cels, of Sylvester, The Little Mermaid and the Smurfs (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a William Proll double tower display case with curved glass (est. $1,500-$2,500).
For those unable to attend the auction in person, internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com, iCollector.com and Invaluable.com (formerly Artfact.com). Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held on Friday, March 28, from 10-5, and on Saturday, March 29, auction day, from 8 a.m. until the first gavel falls, at 11 a.m. (EST).
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 worldwide. Cataloged lots receive nationwide exposure to the firm’s expansive database of over 18,000 qualified buyers. Seven times Fontaine’s Auction Gallery has been voted “Best Antique Auction Gallery” by the public.
Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is actively seeking quality consignments for future sales. The firm also buys antiques and entire estates outright. To consign an item, estate or collection, call (413) 448-8922 and ask for John Fontaine. Or, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the upcoming March 29 auction, log on to www.FontainesAuction.com.