ANN ARBOR, MI – A C/B a la Spirite corset display with the original box, original etched and gold leaf on the front of the display case and even a mannequin inside (with a price tag of $1 affixed to the sample corset) sold for $17,100 at a three-day auction held April 12-14 by Showtime Auction Services, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The display measured 23 ½ inches by 42 inches by 20 inches and the mannequin was in very good original condition, except for some minor staining. The lot was typical of many other country store and general store displays that contained actual product, driving up their value and desirability as a collectible. Most of these displays had not been on the market for 30-40 years.
They came from the collection of the auction’s headlining consignors – Bill and Kathie Gasperino, known in antique circles for having one of the finest country store and advertising collections in the United States. Also offered was Part 2 of the Robert and Harriett Potter fire fighting collection and Part 3 of the Ed and Christy Ramsey collection of toys and pedal cars.