EARLIER THIS YEAR, Stanton’s Auctioneers of Vermontville, Michigan, had the pleasure of offering the Michael Meiselman Estate, one of the largest private representations of top quality phonographs and music boxes sold in recent years.
The fantastic estate from Atlanta, Georgia, served up more than 1,500 high-end pieces which were combined with other fine collections to generate sales of more than $2,000,000 over four days while drawing crowds and interest from around the world.
The first-rate Meiselman collection ran the gamut, including phonographs, music boxes, Coca-Cola vending machines, brass candy registers, and reverse painted and stained glass lamps. Several other estate collections, rare fans, radios, nickelodeons, cabinets and nearly everything imaginable, helped to comprise the remainder of the more than 3,000 total catalogued lots. The two, 2-day sales attracted bidders from across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Mexico and Japan. In addition to those who drove or flew in to attend in person, many individuals also participated via phone and email bidding prior to and during the auction.
Perhaps the most spectacular highlight from the sale was an Edison Ajax (Class M Electric) 5″ cylinder phonograph in a curved glass floor model cabinet, which brought $45,000 plus the 10-percent buyer’s premium. In addition, a fantastic Regina 15-1/2″ Model 67 floor model disc music box with a mint-condition Rookwood decorated cabinet sold for $16,000; a Victor A disc phonograph garnered $9,500; a very rare Columbia red celluloid
horn with nickel bell (14″) brought $3,250; and a Pathe le Menestrel cylinder phonograph crossed the block at $1,950.