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Wurlitzer Model 71 tabletop jukebox, circa 1940-41, brings $14,750 in Miller & Miller online auction
The June 9th auction was dedicated entirely to toys and grossed $141,541 (Canadian); the June 10th sale featured petroliana, advertising and coin-ops and grossed $531,531. Online bidding was via LiveAuctioneers.com and MilllerandMillerAuctions.com.
By: Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
All prices quoted include an 18 percent buyer's premium and are in Canadian dollars.
Headlining the two-day event was a pair of important collections, both offered on Day 2. One was the Linden Johnson collection, featuring a treasure trove of petroliana and general store advertising. The other was the Dr. Don Gutoski collection, which included a fine assortment of Kuntz Brewery advertising, rare Wurlitzer jukeboxes and speakers and assorted coin-ops.
"This sale was proof that the rule of investment collecting persists – condition is the foremost predictor of price," said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. "While mature market segments such as pre-1950 breweriana and toys fell somewhat beneath expectations, mid-century soda signs, particularly vertical signs and push bars, were on fire. Attendees hoping to build their advertising collections at yesterday's prices took a walk down the boulevard of broken dreams."
The Wurlitzer Model 71 tabletop jukebox on a stand was the overall top lot of both days. It was a mechanically functioning and nicely restored example with original toned catalin inserts and a refinished case and trim. It sat on a rare, restored original Wurlitzer model 810 stand. The wood base was painted with designs that simulated mixed wood inlays.
The top two lots of the June 9th toys auction were a Marx Indian motorcycle with sidecar, made in America in 1940, 6 ¼ inches long, boasting original lithographed tin ($2,950); and a Canadian 1950s Lincoln Trans-Canada Air Lines pressed tin model airplane with four propellers, rubber landing gear and nice T.C.A. decals, 9 ¼ inches long ($2,950).
Following are additional highlights. The June 9th toys auction, 272 lots, grossed $141,541 and attracted 230 registered users who combined for 4,439 bids. The June 10th petroliana, advertising and coin-ops auction, 377 lots, grossed $531,531; 429 bidders placed 8,852 bids. Online bidding was via LiveAuctioneers.com and MillerandMillerAuctions.com.
To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the firm's calendar of auction events, visit www.millerandmillerauctions.com.