Museum-quality wax figures, Coke collectibles, old toys, much more to be sold May 13th in Gettysburg An exceptional collection of about 60 life-size wax figures, including a one-of-a-kind figure of Albert Einstein that was signed and inscribed by Einstein himself, will headline a May 13th auction.
his trickiest acquisition. It was for sale on eBay, with bids topping $100,000. But when the winning bidder came up short with the cash, Evans quickly stepped in.
“I knew I didn’t have that kind of money for it, but I did have some things to barter,” he said. And they struck a deal. In exchange for the Einstein figure, Evans gave the seller a 1940s-era 4-cylinder motorcycle (worth about $50,000), around 40 vintage trains (including some by Lionel), two Batman arcade games, music boxes and phonographs, “and a small amount of cash,” he said.
Additional items in the auction will include a Chase & Baker Wurlitzer Nickelodeon pulled from an Oklahoma cowboy saloon and in excellent working condition; a presidential partner’s desk; a lovely stained glass window executed and signed by the renowned American stained glass artist Mark Bogenreif; an old barber pole; antique clocks; advertising pieces; Coca-Cola advertising; movie posters; Vogue picture records; antique toys; a Wurlitzer speaker and more.
Also sold will be music boxes, to include one cylinder plate and two tin disc players; lighting; a large Oriental vase; porcelain Pennsylvania license plates; antique beaded purses; and more, to include baseballs signed by U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and John F. Kennedy.
Even items from the home of Mr. Evans and his wife, Lauretta, in Newnan, Georgia will come for bid. These will include vintage pocketbooks, miscellaneous inkwells, baby carriages and dolls, period furniture, antique lamps, vintage World War II-era long guns and other items. Many of the wax figures are clothed in period costume, which only serves to enhance their desirability.
The auction will be held in the ballroom of the Eisenhower Hotel & Conference Center, located at 2634 Emmitsburg Road in historic Gettysburg, which is about an hour’s drive from Baltimore-Washington International Airport and the Harrisburg (Pa.) airports. Call the Eisenhower Hotel and inquire about the discounted room rate for auction attendees. For info, call (717) 334-8121.
An auction preview will be held on Friday, May 12th, from 12 o’clock noon to 7 pm Eastern time. Doors will open on the date of sale at 7:30 am. For more information about this auction, call Randy Dickensheets of Pa. OnSite Auction Company, at (717) 630-9349 or (717) 451-5999.