This outstanding event featured premier selections of Black Americana, vintage toys and games, fine 20th century coin -op machines, and antique advertising.
CHICAGO, IL, OCTOBER 1, 2019 – Potter and Potter Auctions’ signature early fall sale caught the eye – and the bids – from collectors worldwide. When the hammer finally fell silent, 37 lots realized $1,000-1,999; 41 lots made $2,000-$9,999; and three lots broke five figure mark. Prices noted include the company’s 20% buyer’s premium.
Rare and spectacular antique coin-op machines did extremely well in this sale, with two vending examples rising to top lot status. Lot #19, a c. 1910 working Goo Goo Gum one cent vendor, was estimated at $10,000-15,000 and delivered $24,000. This rare and desirable piece was one of only a handful extant. Lot #16, a c. 1920s Sunny Boy countertop gumball vendor and slot machine combo made by Field Manufacturing was estimated at $5,000- 7,000 and made $21,600 – over four times its low estimate. According to Potter’s President Gabe Fajuri, “The result on the Sunny Boy machine was a record-setter, for sure.”