This Thursday there is a very special auction happening at Keys auction house in Aylesham, Norfolk. A stonking collection of automata, robots, toys. Browsing the catalogue it seems that everything that moves by itself is worthy of inclusion.
There are also delights such as the lampophone (below), a combination lamp and gramophone, with the turntable hidden in the ‘cake’ base of the lamp and the speaker tube being the lamp’s column, the opening concealed by the shade. Although it also works as an ordinary lamp, so as not to give the game away.
Bids can be made by phone and over the web as well as in person, although with no estimates or guide prices on the website I suspect we might be in the ‘Collectors Only’ end of the price range.Special Collectors Sale Thusday March 19th 2009. To Feature the Arthur Windley Collection of 100+ Lots of Automaton 75+ Lots Japanese Robots, 300 + Vintage and other Toys, 75 Old Radios, Arcade Machines, Model Thursford Wurlitzer Organ, Juke boxes inc Wurlitzer, Rock Ola, Seeburg, Gramophones, Quantity of Lps & 45′s to include some rare Elvis Presley. Also to include 1970′s Taito Space Invaders Arcade Game, Sega Afterburner, Konami Track & Field Video Arcade Game. Viewing Wed 18th March 9am to 7:30pm and from 9am the day of the sale. Sale starts from 11am Thursday 19th March 09 Keys Aylsham Salerooms
Off Palmers Lane
NR11 6JA +44 (0)1263 733195 Maps and directions here. Catalogue here. NB If you’re interested in reading more about art, design and culture in East Anglia, please do follow the blog to its new home at http://flatlanders.co.uk/ – you’ll find more posts on everything interesting happening in the area.