Pourquoi pas?jimmycowman wrote:why do people bid that much for dolls??? ......you can't play with them...
There was a bit of gamesmanship. The live internet bidding system was very slow at times, making the whole auction slow. A bidder, well known to many of us, tried to chivvy the auctioneer into skipping some bids.jimmycowman wrote:it sounds like someone got thrown out of the building, over internet bidding?
Auctioneer: "I can't continue until the internet bids come through".
Bidder: "I thought this was an auction".
Auctioneer: "If you don't like it, the door's behind you."
Buyer's premium aside, I thought the lots were well displayed, staff helpful, venue comfortable and auction well run, with each item under the hammer clearly displayed on a big screen. The auctioneer did warn bidders at the outset that many of the machines had been extensively reworked.
Lessons I took away from this sale:
The market for vintage slot machines hasn't collapsed yet. In fact, in these times of austerity, (especially in view of the premium), it looks pretty healthy.
TV and newspaper publicity brings in "new blood" willing to pay more for certain machines than most serious slot machine collectors would.
Machines that "came from a museum" may generate buyer confidence.
In Arne, Dorset, surrounded by beautiful heathland reserve and wild horses. You had to seek it out and it was probably not enough of a tourist trap.jimmycowman wrote:Anyway, where was this toy museum located at in its day? Was it a good one?