Morphy’s June 20-21 Coin-Op & Antique Advertising Auction Hits $3 Million

J.P. Seeburg Orchestrion leads spectacular array of mechanical
music, gambling & vending machines, selling for $83,025

The top lot of the sale was a J.P. Seeburg Style “H” Orchestrion, whose richly harmonious instruments include a piano, bass and snare drums; a rank of flute and violin pipes; xylophone, cymbal, castanets and more. Made during the first quarter of the 20th century, the versatile music-maker spent most of its life at the famed Crystal Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada. Against an estimate of $60,000-$90,000, it sold for $83,025.

The demand for antique music machines continued with a 5-cent Encore Automatic Banjo from the turn of the 20th century. Playing tunes realistically by means of tiny mechanical “fingers,” the rare entertainer of yesteryear had spent approximately half a century in the Deansboro (N.Y.) Musical Museum collection before passing to private hands. Estimated at $40,000-$70,000, it was claimed by its new owner for $61,500.

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