Charles & Marianne Sebastian and Alan Bitterman Collection Auctioned October 1-3 by Showtime
ANN ARBOR, MI – Two major lifetime collections comprising about 1,800 lots in a dizzying array of categories will be sold the weekend of Oct. 1-3 by Showtime Auction Services at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, Mich. “Our auctions just keep getting better and bette,” said Mike Eckles of Showtime Auction Services. “It’s quite remarkable.”
Headlining the event will be the collections of Charles and Marianne Sebastian, who amassed hundreds of items over the course of a lifetime before Mr. Sebastian’s passing in 2007. Also offered will be candy and gum collectibles from the estate of Alan Bitterman, whose father founded the Bitterman Candy Company distribution firm in Kansas City, Kansas in the 1920s.
The collections will feature music boxes, player pianos, juke boxes, country store, advertising, fire fighting, tobacciana, coin-op, saloon, barber shop, soda fountain, petroliana, vintage toys, breweriana, Western, brothel, automobilia, gambling, arcade, Coca-Cola items, showcases, store fixtures, Wave Crest and much more.
Two lots are expected to fetch $50,000 or more. One is a circa 1880s Daniel Pabst symphonium music machine, one of only two known, in excellent condition. The piece is signed in three places by Pabst. The other is a gold badge, watch fob, watch and chain in the original box for the president of the Cheyenne Club in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his photo (circa 1900).
Following are more anticipated top lots of the auction, with sale estimates given for each. Other expected top achievers include a Mills Novelty Company (Chicago, Ill.) Virtuoso Violano (circa 1910), in excellent working condition (est. $35,000); a 1947 Harley Davidson Knucklehead motorcycle in excellent condition and with just 9,000 miles on the odometer (est. $30,000); and a nice Wurlitzer Model 71 juke box in excellent playing condition (est. $12,000).
Four lots are expected to realize $10,000 or more. These include a cast iron Mutoscope with rare American Indian décor; an extremely rare slave trade tin sign for Hudson Rye in the original frame and shadow box; a Holcomb & Hoke popcorn machine with the original peanut roaster; and a jockey’s scale, as seen on Antiques Road Show, appraised at $12,000-$15,000. A Frank Polk slot machine with cowboy figure, one of two in the auction, should fetch $15,000; a Lucky Strike cigarette
bubbler sign, the only one known in excellent working order, is expected to garner $7,500; a 1924 American National Paige, in all-original as-found condition, is estimated to hit $5,000, and a circa 1930 Capital Fairy Lamp/Phonograph should also hit $5,000.