Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

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Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

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Topic split, moved and merged from Re: Elephant House Auctions - Site Admin.
treefrog wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 5:28 pm and one particular machine listed today :shock: if you have very deep pockets ;-)
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Yes, it's a lot of lolly, but it would certainly be a keeper.
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Thought the Gresham stuff left UK? Where is this auction pls?
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It was yesterday and on all the online bidding sites, lots of bids, apparently 100 lots, but not many machines. See below discussed here and link to saleroom. Look at end of auction. About a dozen machines.......

The deep pocket machine mentioned I don’t think is related and I think I would bother to go and view just to say I had seen one ;-)

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Following on from Treefrog's post, seems I'm going to have to declare my interest in this!
A long drive to collect, but suppose I could have a couple of short stops. A safe bet it will sell for a lot of lolly, however, I'd give my right arm to own one of these. I think I'd only bale out if it went over the very high reserve. If it sells for more, well fine, kudos to those bidders. Prices are on the up for similar machines, particularly this maker's name. No doubt of course there will be all and sundry at the auction.
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aristomatic wrote: Sat Apr 24, 2021 1:33 pm No doubt of course there will be all and sundry at the auction.
Sundry's definitely going; I haven't heard from All.
As this cat's already out of the bag: A LATE 19TH CENTURY PAINTED CAST IRON 'PENNY IN THE SLOT' CRICKET ARCADE
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Re: Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

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How many of these are left in this country? Only hope it stays here. Not sure about the colour, would of thought cricket pavilion green (darker) would be more appropriate. !OMFG!

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I put the above images through a Photoshop filter which made the colour more palatable. It's more lime in the original pictures - definitely not my favourite shade of green. Still, if you can afford the machine, you can afford a can of paint. Or maybe not by the time you've paid the commission. :lol:
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I thought a history of this machine may be of interest. The first record of it is in some old photos, I think from the 1950s. These are black and white pictures from the Holloway family - note the altered coin entry.

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The next two were taken with the owner's consent and copies given to me about 15 years ago. I had known of this machine for more than 20 years; other collectors even longer. Many tried to buy it, but never for sale at any price. It was then owned by an accountant or solicitor, I do not remember which. He was a cricket fan, not a coin-op collector. I can only assume he must have died.

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The last time a similar machine was sold was in 2001 at Christies South Kensington (see copy of auction catalogue below). It differed from the current one for sale with a crest instead of the three cricketers on the roof. I know of four other machines similar to this one in America and three in Australia. The one sold in 2001 had an estimate of £3/5,00, plus the then buyers premium of 17.5% plus vat rate? It sold for a hammer price of £18,000 and went to America. I know of only one machine in this country similar to the one in the auction and it is unlikely to come on the market. It is interesting to note the batsman is W.G. Grace; the bowler is possibly Lord Hawke.

I would suggest taking this opportunity to see this machine, if you missed seeing the last one twenty years ago, if you can. I also suggest buying a lottery ticket or two, as I think the upper estimate may well be exceeded! Good luck to everyone. Remember it's only money, and if you have it you cannot take it with you when you go, but what a wonderful thing to own till then. I agree a repaint would improve it if you buy it.
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Re: Automatic Sports Co. Cricketer at HutchinsonScott

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Let's see how close we can guess the sale price. I think it will make 25k
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