Dunbars Auction History
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Gallery Absentee Auction Catalogues please email us at Dunbarsgallery@comcast.net
Moonlight Kid I
Auction, December 1993, Motorcycle Memorabilia. This full color catalogue started it
all. After collecting cast iron motorcycle toys from the 1930's and vintage memorabilia
for twenty years, we wanted to kickoff our auctions with a bang. So, we sold our own
collection, including rare"Say It With Flowers", Vindex bikes,and the sublime
1928 Harley-Davidson hill climber poster, another example of which hangs in the
Smithsonian Institute. This catalogue has been sold on show tables for $40! Eighty-five
Paper Moon II
Auction, October 4, 1996. Our second auction of country store and automotive posters and
signs. We offer everything from a fabulous Coca-Cola drive in sign to Lay or Bust
Seeds tin sign to hunting memorabilia to a rare and early Texaco Filling Station Sign,
brilliant in full color. One hundred thirty-one items.
II Auction, April 12, 1996, Motorcycle Memorabilia. With the astounding
results from our first sale and the resulting consignments, we knew we were onto
something. This sale featured more great cast iron bikes, as well a pipe full of Harley
and Indian catalogues, AMA smalls, tin toys, and the highlight, Steve McQueen's 1928
Indian Scout, all in full color. One hundred sixty-three items.
IV Auction, April 4, 1997. Motorcycle and Automotive Memorabilia. In this
auction we ran the gamut, from an Elvis Enthusiast, great Indian Authorized Dealer flange
sign, early Harley Enthusiasts and motorcycling magazines, more toys, catalogues, posters,
accessories, a collection of early Indian smalls and some great automotive signs and tins
from the1920's-50's. A must for the biker/car collector. Two hundred sixty-one items shown
in full color.
Moonlight Kid V
Auction, October 24,1997. Motorcycle And Automotive Memorabilia. We
continue the cycle/car theme with a fantastic automotive pocket watch collection, Harley
poster collection, auto dealer porcelain sign collection, aviation memorabilia and the
usual great selection of smalls, posters, pennants, toys and oilcans. All items
photographed in color. Two hundred sixty-two items.
I, December 5, 1997. This was our one and only foray into Christmas. I
would love more, but it just hasn't come our way. We offered some neat stuff, in full
color (what else?) , like Tom Pritchard's glass ornament collection, Hugh Luck's Matchless
Wonder Stars (and you thought he was just a one holiday kind of guy); snow-babies, Santas,
elf lawn ornaments, Belsnickles, Kugels, and a lot more. Two hundred items.
Auction, June 1996. Continuation of our auction series featuring great
Halloween memorabilia , including lanterns, candy containers, great paper, etc, in , of
course, full color.
Hugh Luck Part
I Halloween Collection Auction, May 9, 1997. For fifteen years, Hugh Luck
was one of the top collectors of Halloween items. His collection was heavily profiled in
Stuart Schneider's book, Halloween In America. I have been very fortunate to meet and get
to know Hugh. Not only does he have a great eye for quality, being an artist himself he
appreciated in particular the whimsy imbued in the German made Halloween items imported by
the US from the turn of the century to the 1930's. The only reason Hugh sold his
collection was to buy his dream house, AKA, "The House That Pumpkins Built."
Today Hugh is happy in his home, and he still sneaks in an occasional paper Halloween
piece into his other displays.
In the first sale, we offer Hugh's great German
mechanical Devil walker; full body baby lantern; early Bogie Books; boxed die-cuts; jol
champagne candy container; tambourines, mushroom man windup rocking toy; early postcards,
and much, much more, in, yes, full color (detecting a trend here?) Two-hundred thirty
Hugh Luck Part
II Halloween Collection Auction, September 19, 1997. After a sale where
many records went up in a poof of cauldron smoke, we were wondering if there would be the
same excitement. We needn't have worried. More spectacular pieces brought collectors
through the walls. Here we offered Hugh's best piece, a magnificent German hand painted
Parade Lantern from the turn of the century; pumpkin blossom jol; 1940's witch mechanical
store display; composition devil/witch lantern; Beistle Rustic Fireplace; segment two of
Hugh's postcard collection and much, much more. Two hundred ninety-one items.
VII Auction, October 17, 1998. Our final Motorcycle Memorabilia auction. This
sale, shown in full color, was dominated by a great early literature collection, early
postcard collection, and early magazine collection, as well as our usual great selection
of toys, signs, clocks, photos and smalls. Two hundred and fifty nine items.
Auction, February 21, 1998. This was our final Halloween auction.
Dunbar's Gallery Auction
From 1993-1998, our gallery sold thousands of items for consignors and from
our own collections through our Moonlight Kid, Paper Moon, Hallowmoon and Christmas Moon
absentee auction series. Bidders from all over the globe participated via phone, fax and
email. As we have been largely a mail order business since 1987 we understand the
necessity of quality photography, item selection and accurate description. These
successful results prove our efforts in 18 auctions and several thousand quality items
sold with negligible returns. We have established a trusting relationship and strong
reputation with both consignors and purchasers.
The Moonlight Kid and Paper Moon auctions featured vintage motorcycle
memorabilia; country store and automotive advertising; Hallowmoon and Hugh Luck
featured vintage Halloween memorabilia; the Christmas Moon auction speaks for
itself. Several of these reference catalogs in full color are still available from
Dunbars and are listed above. Group or single purchases can be arraigned on an
individual basis via email at Dunbarsgallery@comcast.net
Dunbars Gallery Background
For thirty years bringing "the store to your door" offering vintage
antique toys, advertising, folk art, Dedham Pottery, motorcycle and automotive
memorabilia. The ultimate in eclectic / eccentric collectables. This
unexpected gallery operates from our former auto salvage junk yard established in 1955.