DENVER, Pa. – On Sept. 3, 2011, the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, Morphy’s will be transformed into an arcade of color and sound as the central Pennsylvania company auctions the late Bob Levy’s revered personal collection of gambling and coin-op machines. The painstakingly amassed collection of 350-400 antique and vintage machines will be off ered unpicked and in its entirety.
Bob Levy was a renowned expert on coin-ops who bought and sold only the rarest and best examples. For many years he based his antiques business “The Unique One” in a Pennsauken, N.J., showroom, but his clientele was a global one, with regular customers throughout the United States, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. He was a fountainhead of coin-op knowledge and such
a presence in the hobby that collectors far and wide referred to him as simply “the slot machine guy.”
In October of 2009, Levy joined the Morphy Auctions team and was put in charge of the consignment, cataloging and sale of antique gambling machines and other coin-operated devices.
“When Bob passed away in February of this year, Morphy’s staff members lost a talented colleague and a great friend,” said the auction company’s CEO Dan Morphy. “It was such an honor to learn that in his estate planning Bob had chosen us to auction his collection. We are making every effort possible to put Bob’s prized machines – which he called his ‘keepers’ – in the hands of others who will appreciate them just as much as he did.”
Perhaps the most important piece in the collection is the Superior 5-Cent Horse Race slot machine. Described in the catalog as “the best of the best,” it earns its position as one of the most coveted machines in the coin-op collecting world. Standing 26 inches tall with a confection-vending feature and gold medal designation, it carries an estimate of $20,000-$25,000.
A Caille Centaur upright slot machine, 65 inches tall with black-oxidized, finished cast-iron trim, is expected to make $16,000-
$20,000; while a Mills 5-Cent Deweyupright slot in all-original condition with earlier paneled oak cabinet is estimated at $14,000-$18,000.