Just like buses, after a bit of a lull, three auctions come at once. Well not quite - it's just that they all came to my attention within a few weeks.
The annual Victorian Casino Antique Auction, being the first (October 15-16), doesn't contain much for the British collector, but is nevertheless a significant sale of vintage American machines and related items.
Saturday the 12th of November brings Gerry Cottle's SALE OF THE LAST CENTURY (viewing on Friday the 11th). This will include a number of "Old Slot Machines, Early Video Games, 50 Original Pinball Glasses, Circus and Fun Fair Items including a Complete Vintage Model Funfair and many other Architectural Fittings and Antiques."
It will be run by Southern Counties Auctioneers but held at Wookey Hole Caves.
We should be able to bring you full details next week.
Looking a bit futher ahead, there will be an auction of antique amusement and coin-operated machines and vendors on the 19th of January, 2006 at Christies, South Kensington.
These are the remaining items from Nic Costa's collection (over 120 lots in total), comprising some working models (Laughing Sailor, Laughing Policeman, Charlie Chaplin, etc.), a number of one arm bandits (War Eagle, Roll-a-Top, etc.), electric shockers, three mutoscopes, five stereo viewers, and many early wall-mounted machines (Airship Profit Sharer, R100 Airship, allwins, etc.) plus some gumball and other vending machines. (Entries from other vendors are not being solicited).
Again, Christies have promised to send some sneak preview details shortly, which I'll publish here.