May VCA Auction Featuring The Mel and Anne Getlan Collection Hits The Jackpot in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada hosted the May 4th 5th and 6th 2012 VCA auction that saw 1500 lots cross the block. Among them were 350 lots that belonged to Mel and Anne Getlan. Mel grew up in the coin-op business and started collecting in the early 1970's.
Peter Sidlow, President of VCA Auction, predicted that this auction would provide some of the "Best of the Best" machines to come to market in many years. The results proved his prediction to be true.
Guest auctioneer Tim Luke, with his clear and concise bid calling, did a great job of keeping the auction moving along quickly and fun.
There were plenty of live bidders on hand along with numerous phone, internet and absentee bidders to keep the bidding hot.
A few bargains managed to slip through the cracks, but for the most part the great selection of coin-op and other collectables brought even greater prices.
All prices quoted in this article reflect the HAMMER PRICE and do NOT include the 12% buyers premium for floor bidders. (20% buyers premium for internet, phone and absentee bidders)
- Select results of note with web links include:
A Caille twin musical upright slot machine (lot#595) found a new home for $75,000.
Another feature machine, the Caille Cast Iron Globe trade stimulator (lot#700) achieved $85,000.
Lot #542 Watling 50₵ Roll-A-Top 3 reel slot $5,500
Lot #559 Cupids Post Office Penny Arcade machine, $4,250
Lot #560 Mills 20th Century Musical Upright Slot machine, $32,500
Lot #600 Caille “Little Roulette” slot machine, $30,000
Lot #625 Pace “Kitty” 3 reel slot, $8,000
Lot #643 Caille Play Ball cast iron trade stimulator, $10,000
Lot #679 Mills Perfume Vendor, $9,000
Lot #699 White Vending Co. peanut vendor $13,000
Lot #833 Sun Bicycle trade stimulator, $17,000
Lot #866 Pope Cigar vendor, 27,500
Lot #920 Continental Bull Head Perfume Vendor, 10,000
Lot #952 Watling Big Six OK trade stimulator with side vendor, 26,000
(Most of the feature items are in session 2, May 5th)
You can still purchase a hard cover copy of the Auction Catalog for $40 post paid from VCA.
The next VCA Vegas auction will be held on Oct 12th, 13th, &14th, 2012