LAS VEGAS – Featuring 1,700 lots of rare and unique collectibles, Victorian Casino Antiques (VCA) hosted another fast-paced, fun-filled live auction Oct. 11-13, seeing bidders from around the world participate both on-site at VCA’s Las Vegas showroom and remotely via the phone and internet. The three-day auction saw plenty of vintage toys, advertising materials, art, cash registers, and a terrific selection of VCA’s signature coin-operated machines go up on the auction block as more than 2,100 bidders competed to claim their favorites.
One of the highlights of the auction was an ornate, cast iron Dayton candy store scale by the Computing Scale Co., of which only six are known to exist. These very rare scales from the early 1900s were awarded as trophies to corporate officers and top salesmen, and this model in excellent original condition sold for $15,600 in the fall auction.
The heavyweight of the auction was a 10-cent M.L. Dohan countertop cigar vending machine from Richmond, Quebec. This ornate coin-op with copper detail and beveled glass from the early 1900s rated a top bid of $23,400, demonstrating the continued popularity of cigar collectibles from this era.
Other notable lots from the three-day event included a five-cent Mills novelty “The Operators Bell” slot machine circa 1910, which sold for $9,200; a wood-mounted automatic fire alarm from the Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Co., with beveled glass door and brass bell, rating $3,000; and a one-cent Browning handgun shooting arcade machine in early wooden cabinet, which garnered a high bid of $16,200.
The next major VCA auction will take place Jan. 18-19, 2014, and will feature a significant selection of rare coin-operated arcade and slot machines, vintage toys from around the globe, and antique handguns and firearms. The entire auction catalog will be available online at vcaauction.com, where bidders can also register for live or absentee bidding. On-site previews prior to the auction dates will begin Jan. 2, 2014 at VCA’s Las Vegas gallery (4520 Arville St. #1) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, or on an appointment basis by calling 702-382-2466.