Antique gambling machines up for grabs at Morphy Auctions

A selection of rare antique gambling machines will lead a Morphy Auctions sale in Las Vegas later this month.

The bright lights of Vegas will provide the perfect backdrop for the annual auction, which features a wealth of antique slot machines along with other rare coin-ops, arcade games, jukeboxes and collectible advertising.

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 This rare 25¢ Mills Roulette Floor Model Slot Machine has a $250,000 high estimate

According to Larry DeBaugh, Morphy's coin op and gambling expert, "this auction just might be the finest and most well rounded coin op sale we have ever put together."

The most valuable lot of the sale is a 25¢ Mills Roulette Floor Model Slot Machine, one of the world's last surviving examples. Built in 1901, the machine sits in its original hexagonal wooden case with nickel claw feet, and remains in perfect working condition more than a century after it first began paying out.

Described by DeBaugh as "absolutely amazing and one of the rarest and outstanding machines we have had the pleasure of handling", the roulette machine is estimated to sell for $150,000-$250,000.

Further notable gambling lots include a 5¢ Mills Duplex Upright Floor Wheel Slot Machine and a Multi-Coin Mills Double Dewey Slot Machine With Music, each valued at $60,000-$80,000.

A 50¢ Caille Eclipse Floor Wheel Slot Machine, estimated at $40,000-$50,000; and a Watling Cupid Counter Wheel Trade Stimulator, estimated at $30,000-$50,000, will also feature.

For collectors with an eye on the future, there are several antique fortune telling machines, including a 1¢ Puss In Boots Fortune Teller Machine and a 1¢ Mlle. Zita Fortune Teller Machine, each made by Roovers and estimated at $30,000 to $50,000.  

Elsewhere there's everything from Wurlitzer jukeboxes and vintage gum vending machines to rare soda fountain accessories, turn of the century automatons and antique advertising signs.

Almost 1,600 lots will cross the block on January 30-31.

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