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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Mechanical Memories

Jerry Chattenton assured me on Sunday that John Hayward's Mechanical Memories Penny Slot Arcade on Brighton Seafront is fully up and running. It was the other vintage arcade a few hundred yards away that was undergoing renovation when I visited in April.

Australian Auction

There were a couple of noteworthy prices at Malcolm Jones auction held on May 14th by Bonhams & Goodman in Sydney, Australia. A Matthewson Automatic Sports Company cast iron "The Football Game" sold for 26,290 AU (about £11,000) and an Ahrens Ltd. "The Firefighters" working model sold for 9,560 AU (about £4000).

Monday, May 23, 2005

Chartres Mechanical Music Sale

If you didn't spend all your money in last Sunday's Salisbury auction, there's another chance to do it at the Chartres mechanical music and automata sale which includes a number of fine French, British and German slot machines on 29/05/05.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Christie's Mechanical Music Sale

Lots 284 to 296 in Christie's Mechanical Music Sale on 26th May 2005 are jukeboxes and slot machines. A few quite nice items, but with the high estimates plus Christie's whopping 17.5% buyers premium, most of us will be keeping our hands in our pockets.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Deserted Mill Reclaimed

The Deserted MillNot all the traffic is one way fortunately. A British collector just bought The Deserted Mill, an important English working model, from the recent Reno Casino sale (see below) for $2,500. Reworked by the Dennison sisters from a clockwork model their father made, and catalogued by them, it has long been considered a lost machine.