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Coin-ops primed for Victorian Casino Antiques auction May 4-6

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Written by Auction House PR   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:55

Caille Bros. 5-  and 25-cent Centaur/Eclipse twin double-wheel upright slot machine, circa 1907. Eclipse side has music. Image courtesy Victorian Casino Antiques.

LAS VEGAS – Melvin and Anne Getlan have spent more than 40 years meticulously building perhaps the finest collection of coin-operated devices in America. And 350 of their items will comprise much of the Victorian Casino Antiques Auction in Las Vegas on May 4-6. will provide Internet live bidding all three days of the sale.

The fact that the Getlan Collection features the very best in coin-operated gambling, vending, arcade and amusement pieces, has collectors seeking one-of-a-kinds and other sought-after machines, making plans for this special opportunity.

These items are currently on display at VCA’s gallery. A more formal preview will be available on May 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific. The auction itself will commence at 9 a.m. on each of the following three days.

Auction flyers are available free to those contacting Victorian Casino Antiques. For those seeking a more complete array and description, a full-color, hardbound catalog is available for purchase at $40. Additionally, all of the items can be viewed on the website:

Special hotel rates are available to attendees at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, by calling 800-675-3267 and providing the reservation agent with code 2VCA03.

Featured auction items include:

  • Lot 595 – 5-cent/25-cent Caille Bros. Twin Double;
  • Lot 597 – 1-cent “Chicago” vending machine;
  • Lot 700 – 1-cent Caille Bros. Globe Poker machine;
  • Lot 954 –1-cent Simplex “Electricity is Life” shock machine;
  • Lot 712 – 1-cent “Blinkey Eye” Soda Mint Gum vending machine;

"There’s a good chance that there will never be another coin-op auction of the size and quality of this one," said Daniel Sidlow of Victorian Casino Antiques. “But if another should occur, it will likely be conducted by Victorian Casino Antiques.”

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View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to


Caille Bros. 5-  and 25-cent Centaur/Eclipse twin double-wheel upright slot machine, circa 1907. Eclipse side has music. Image courtesy Victorian Casino Antiques.

Rare 1-cent ‘CHICAGO’ vending machine, circa 1908, patented by B.M. Davis and assigned to the Coleman Hardware Co., excellent original condition with keys. Image courtesy Victorian Casino Antiques. 

 Caille Bros. ‘Globe’ Poker Hand five-reel card machine, circa 1906, cast-iron case, 14 inches wide x 15 inches high x 7 inches deep. Image courtesy Victorian Casino Antiques.

One-cent Standard Gum Machine Works ‘Blinkey Eye’ Soda Mint Gum vending machine, circa 1907, embossed cast-iron case. The eyes blinked each time a piece of gum was dispensed. Image courtesy Victorian Casino Antiques.    

One-cent Caille Bros. Simplex ‘Electricity Is Life’ shock machine, circa 1906, oak bottom, cast-iron case with marquee, in excellent condition. Image courtesy Victorian Casino Antiques.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 16:31

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