April 2006
Volume 4

Welcome to another edition of ww2homefront.com's AUCTION WATCH. What a month it has been. The gavel has fallen and we were there to bring you the scoop on the latest buys and market trends.


AUCTION WATCH ITEM #1:
FINAL BID:
$1.75 USD
ITEM DESCRIPTION: "Till The Lights of London Shine Again" full size British sheet music copyright 1939 excellent condition.

Analysis: Very early WWII sheet music from abroad. Pre-Blitz. Non-U.S. hurts value a bit in this country. Great cosmopolitan night scene on cover. Civil defense keystone with black-out theme uncommon in general on sheet music. Attractive for display. Values out at 20.00 USD in excellent condition

Conclusion: Stolen at a buck seventy five...



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #2
FINAL BID:
$70.00 USD
ITEM DESCRIPTION:English civil defense infant gas mask with doll not included. Fine condition. No deterioration.

Analysis: There are not many other items that capture the horror of the Blitz better than this one. Just imagine for a minute having to sheath your baby in this device while you hid in a subway tunnel as the bombs fell and the air raid sirens wailed. This item is the quintessential piece of civil defense memorabilia and fetches much higher prices than most any other civil defense gas mask. Becoming more scarce. Many showing deterioration. Very desireable piece for multi-lateral home front collections. Values out at 100.00 -125.00 USD but must account for high shipping cost in figuring this auction. Shipping was 73.00 USD. Total cost 143.00 USD.

CONCLUSION: Overbid by 50%. No deal here.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #3:
FINAL BID:
$49.95
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Wartime Fram oil filter made of a treated cardboard material, with box in poor condition and fair condition insert. Filter in excellent condition with SAVE METAL FOR UNCLE SAM and FRAM VICTORY CARTRIDGE on side of item.

ANALYSIS: This is a very uncommon item. The last I saw at auction was 3 years ago. Great condition cartridge with good slogans on side. VFV keystone as well as rationing keystone. Automotive cross collectible. Box poor. Insert fair but intact. In general VFV automotive items very unusual aside from toppers and license plates. Desireable item. Tells a great story. Seller dead on with 49.95 opening bid. Values out at 50 bucks as is. Perfect box would bump to 75.00.


CONCLUSION: Bid at value.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #4:
FINAL BID:
$59.50
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Queen Mary troopship life vest with VICTORY on back and QUEEN MARY on front. Excellent condition. Complete. Manufacturer markings legible.

ANALYSIS: These are not as uncommon as I once thought. I have seen about 5 of them and 3 variants have been identified. One is Khaki colored with QUEEN MARY front, VICTORY rear. One is Blue/Orange with same as khaki, and one is Blue/Orange with VICTORY rear and only a heart outline on front. The Queen Mary and other passenger liners were converted to troopships during the war. The familiar red stacks of the Queen Mary were grayed out as was the hull for concealment. British piece hurts value a tad in this country but big cross collectible in transportation and ocean Liners plus a VFV keystone. Values out at about 300.00 in this condition. I have revised this value down greatly from my 1999-2000 estimate. Tells a great story. Very desireable.

CONCLUSION: An absolute steal at 59.50 !!



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #5:
FINAL BID:
$16.05
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Wartime/early postwar red, white and blue barrel purse in excellent condition. Manufacturer unknown.

ANALYSIS: Great fashion cross collectible. Purse cross collectible. Bold patriotic colors. Excellent condition a plus. First we've seen. Doesnt grab the war worker keystone however. Magnification of this item in a display with Elizabeth Arden Victory Red Lipstick, V For Victory perfume and a wartime Vogue magazine increases potential value. Values out at 100.00- 125.00 in said condition.

CONCLUSION: Stolen at 16 bucks...




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #6:
FINAL BID:
$104.49
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Ceramic anti-axis tojo rat by D. Winton marked D154 with small chip to foot. 3.5" tall.

ANALYSIS: Found in Arkansas by the heirs to their mother's estate. The mother had apparently collected them as a full set of three (hitler/musso/tojo) during the war. hitler was lost. musso the pig was also up for auction. This item is the first seen within the anti-axis circle of collectors. It was absent from the Fleck collection. Small size, significant flaw, but rare. Attractive. Anti-axis keystone. 3-D anti-axis item boosts value. Values out at 200.00 in said condition. Full set at 750.00 easy if found.

CONCLUSION: Well underbid on this rare 3-D anti-axis item.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #7:
FINAL BID:
$162.51
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Ceramic anti-axis mussolini pig in excellent condition. Minimal crazing. D. Winton. 3.5" tall. Part of a set of three (tojo-rat/musso-pig/hitler-skunk).

ANALYSIS: Second piece of anti-axis Winton ceramic ware to come up from an estate in Arkansas. Minimal crazing barely affects value. Great attractive fascist pose. Rare. First seen. Absent from the Fleck collection. Antiaxis keystone. 3-D anti-axis piece boosts value. Values out at 250.00. 750.00 for set of three easy if found.

CONCLUSION: Somewhat underbid. Good value on a rare 3-D anti-axis piece.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #8:
FINAL BID:
$104.48
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Hand made one off cannon ashtray. Weighs 3 pounds. RPH logo on side. Copper or brass V on front. Engraved with makers initials and the date of manufacture 12/7/42.

ANALYSIS: Marquis one off hand made RPH item. RPH and VFV keystones. Excellent condition. Durable. Attractive. Desireable. Actually a form of trench art. Values out at 275.00 - 300.00.

CONCLUSION: Woefully underbid. "One off" was apparently undervalued or ignored by bidders.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #9:
FINAL BID: $18.49
ITEM DESCRIPTION:
1/3/42 Saturday Evening Post issue with New Years Baby J.C Leyendecker cover. Excellent condition.

ANALYSIS: Classic cover by famed illustrator. Cover reflects the immediate post-Pearl Harbor mood. Very desireable and sought after. Uncommon in good condition. Values out at 30.00-35.00.

CONCLUSION: Excellent value at 18 bucks.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #10:
FINAL BID:
$63.99
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Wartime toy WAWKY TAWKY in 8.5" x11" envelope. Very good condition.

ANALYSIS: Wartime toy. Simple construction. Not much to it. Vintage toy cross collectible. Cute artwork. But quite uncommon. Only one I have seen in 8 years. Values out at 75.00 in said condition mostly due to rarity.

CONCLUSION: Bid at value of this uncommon toy.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #11:
FINAL BID:
$42.03
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Set of 12 V For Victory drinking glasses. 4 red, 4 white, 4 blue. 5" tall. Perfect condition.

ANALYSIS: Nice set of an uncommon drinking glass. VFV keystone. Correct number of each color. All perfect condition. No manufacturer mark. Attractive and desireable. Values out at 10.00-12.00 each. 120.00-145.00 for the set.

CONCLUSION: A steal at 42 bucks. Again, collectibles don't obey the COSTCO rule of MORE IS CHEAPER. Each glass is worth minimum 10 dollars.



AUCTION WATCH ITEM #12:
FINAL BID:
$6.99
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Very good condition issue of Nifty Gags. Large size. Fall issue. Year unknown. V on leg. V shaped foliage.

ANALYSIS: Pin-up cover with sexy V on leg and V shaped foliage grabs VFV keystone to boost price. Uncommon issue. Uncommon title. Values out at 25.00.

CONCLUSION: Solidly underbid.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #13:
FINAL BID:
$203.92
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Fiberboard wartime license plate Remember Pearl Harbor and We Do Our Part Victory, New York . Typical size. Very good condition.

ANALYSIS: First seen. RPH and VFV keystone. Heavy automotive and topper/license plate cross collectible. Very competitive market. Consistently overpriced area of home front collecting driven by the cross collectible crowd. Values out at 300.00 in this condition.

CONCLUSION: A nice buy but still overpriced in the grand scheme.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #14:
FINAL BID:
$150.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: V for Victory creek chub dive bomber fishing lure. Very good condition.

ANALYSIS: Just try to find one of these little guys !!! Very uncommon. Sought after. Period piece. Occasionally seen with box!! Heavy fishing cross collectible. Very aggressive biddng group. Adorable and displayable. Values out dead on at 150.00 without box. 200+ with box.

CONCLUSION: Bid at value of this uncommon and sought after item.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #15:
FINAL BID:
$278.40 USD
ITEM DESCRIPTION: WWII British civil defense hand wound alarm still wrapped in original paper with touches of preservative still remaining. Size not specified. Tripod mount. Full working order. No damage.

ANALYSIS: One of the strongest most competitive areas of home front collecting is the civil defense alarm/siren arena. They fetch top dollar. These experts rattle off model numbers and makers like nothing. So prices are always top dollar. Shipping from the UK is murder. Here is a beauty. Right out of the movies!! They dont get better than this. I'd probably hang a value of 450.00-500.00 on this model as it is close to pristine.

CONCLUSION: With shipping, bid at value or just below.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #16:
FINAL BID:
$11.16
ITEM DESCRIPTION: V loan gob hat giveaway in good condition.

ANALYSIS: Cute hat. VFV keystone. WAR BOND keystone. Values out at 35.00 or so.

CONCLUSION: A nice buy at 11 bucks...




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #17:
FINAL BID:
$203.73
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Baker flipperless pinball machine called BLACKOUT. Working. Good shape. Back glass gorgeous.

ANALYSIS: A very uncommon pinball machine with civil defense keystone and uncommon blackout theme. In amazing condition. But in less desireable flipperless model. First seen. Values out at 1750.00 or so.

CONCLUSION: Obscene theft at 200 bucks...






AUCTION WATCH ITEM #18:
FINAL BID:
$1225.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: Remember Pearl Harbor and V quart size milk bottle. "Be prepared". Perfect condition.

ANALYSIS: This auction was living proof that people who smoke crack should not then jump on ebay... 74 bids later this milk bottle slammed the gavel down at 1225 smackers. Its a nice bottle. Couple of keystones (RPH-VFV). Heavy milk bottle cross collectible (domain of psycho bidders!). But these come up. They are not what I would call rare. Uncommon yes. This auction was completely out of control and this is the type of auction that you must suspect SHILL bidding. Or perhaps amphetamines... Values out at about 500 bucks as the pinnacle of wartime milk bottles.

CONCLUSION: Ridiculously overbid at 1225.00.




AUCTION WATCH ITEM #19:
FINAL BID:
$24.00
ITEM DESCRIPTION: December 1933 Vanity Fair magazine with cover art by Paolo Garetto. Anti-hitler. Anti-mussolini.

ANALYSIS: A fabulous early Vanity Fair featuring famed art by Garetto. hitler just in power in 1933 rolled in a ball in the center of cover with mussy pulling the rope of the mess tighter. This is a very uncommon issue. First we've seen. Very desireable and sought after. Demonstrates we knew these were bad guys BEFORE they really became BAD GUYS.... Values out at 75.00 in good shape but deduct 10.00 for minimal marking 65.00 for this one.

CONCLUSION: Great buy at 24 bucks.






AUCTION WATCH ITEM #20:
FINAL BID:
$8.23 USD
ITEM DESCRIPTION: "Even hitler had a Mother!". British sheet music dated 1939 in good condition. Full size.

ANALYSIS: Classic anti-axis sheet music from the earliest part of the war. British propaganda wound up fast after Poland was invaded. Some of the great anti-axis music came out of Britain in 1939. Great cover. Good condition. Uncommon piece. Values out at 40.00.

CONCLUSION: Fabulous deal at 8 bucks.




AUCTION WATCH SUMMARY:

DEAL OF THE MONTH: The Baker pinball machine at 200 bucks.

PROZAC MOMENT OF THE MONTH: The 1225.00 milk bottle.

NEW WAREHOUSE FINDS: None noted.

POWER PLAY OF THE MONTH: Clean sweep of the 5 Public Health posters featuring the dental, checkup, safety first, good food, healthy skin themes.

AUCTION LANDSCAPE STATUS: Sellers market. Though many items listed in this edition of Auction Watch were labelled as underbid, many items are fetching high dollar. Fierce competition for marquis items. Evidently a good slug of disposable income still out there to be spent despite high gas prices.

Time to hold your cash and bid smartly. Deals to be had. Pick your battles. Prices high and rising. Abundant quality items appearing.


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