Upcoming Rich Penn auction –another outstanding selection!

Most auctioneers likely hear a lot of the same comments from both buyers & sellers. Especially those that sell antiques. It seems a common theme among those collectors is. “We're buying back memories!”

According to Rich Penn, “That's what our business is all about.” He went on to say, “In our twenty years of business, we've heard those stories a hundred times. Grandad had one of those. My dad had one of those. Now I want one! So that's what we do, we connect collectors to those memories!”

The November 1-3 Rich Penn Auction Event will offer collectors hundreds of memories in over a dozen categories. Penn added, “There are categories in this auction that bring back a lot of great memories for me. I'm sure our buyers will have those same feelings.” Once again, the auction will be held in Waterloo, IA at the Five Sullivan Bros. Convention Center. Penn says, “That 11,000 square foot facility is going to be jammed with wonderful things!”

He went on to say the 1,800+ lot variety will cover 200 non-cataloged lots on Friday, starting at noon. Those items are not included in the online auction. So they'll only be available to in-house bidders. At 2 p.m. on Friday the 1,600 cataloged lots begin. The first 300 lots will sell on Friday afternoon beginning with WWII War memorabilia, including Nazi items and even an unused WWII flamethrower. Several rare Civil War pieces are offered also. The balance of Friday’s session includes Drug Store, Soda Fountain, Country Store and Western items.

The Saturday session starts at 9 a.m. The day covers 700 lots including several hundred toys; German windups, BO Robots, many with original boxes and early pressed steel and cast iron toys. Fitting in with the cast iron are dozens of Salesman Sample stoves, still and mechanical banks. Several automatons will also sell as they entertain bidders!

Many country store pieces will be offered along with more drug store and soda fountain items, including a marble soda-fountain. Everyone knows drug store soda-fountains had Coca-Cola. And soda fountain collectors love Coca-Cola items. This will be the biggest offering of early, pre WWII, Coca-Cola items Penn has ever brought to market.

There's Breweriana too! For the collector of advertising for “Adult Beverages” there's a very rare c.1905 Anheuser Busch tin litho sign. For the regional brewery collector, there's a rare Potosi Brewery reverse-paint-on-glass sign. As we all search for our own history, ethnic collectibles are an increasingly popular category, and Black Americana continues to attract collector interest. The Saturday session offers those collectors Black memorabilia from the late 1800s up to mid-1900s. It includes advertising, toys, tobacco pieces and kitchen items.

Kitchen items dealt with cooking. To cook you needed a stove. So the small town store keepers bought their goods from traveling salesmen. Those salesmen carried samples. Even for the kitchen stove. There are several dozen of the Salesman Sample stoves, some coming with their own carrying case. If you have the winning bid, it's easy for you to take it home!

The Sunday session brings on a different tone! Big things! Flashy things! Things to decorate the home! Things to decorate the “Man Cave.” Petroliana is probably the Sunday strong suite. With more than a dozen gas pumps, a one owner 1973 Dodge Challenger SE 400 with just 54,000 miles, 100+ signs and related pieces and over 30 pedal cars and tractors, that's a safe call! But there's also a great selection of coin-operated machines, decorative pieces, including Handel lamps, artwork, Western items, diamond rings, clocks, watches and fabulous furniture.

Penn says, “I have my own favorites in every one of these categories and many of the items I've never seen before. That's one of the joys of this business. We get to meet great collectors and see their wonderful things.” Penn went on, “Of all the auctions we've done, the breadth of items, the condition, rarity and quality in this auction is exceptional. Collectors won't want to miss this one.” So if you're looking to relive some old memories, or make new ones, this auction is a great place to do both!

The Ramada Hotel is the auction host, conveniently connected to the Convention Center. It's located in Downtown Waterloo, with easy access to major highways, just one block off the freeway. Ask for the $79.95 Rich Penn Auction rate. There's comp ramp parking for hotel guests and great restaurants within walking distance. There's also a large free parking lot, also within walking distance, for trucks & trailers.

For those who can't make it, Penn offers multiple bidding options, including absentee, telephone and live bidding online through LiveAuctioneers. Find the links to the online catalog on Penn's web site. Full color catalogs will be available for $40. Prices realized will be posted online. Just contact Rich Penn Auctions at (319) 291-6688 to order yours. Go to www.RichPennAuctions.com to register or to preview the auction. For additional information contact Rich Penn Auctions at (319) 291-6688 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST, Mondays through Fridays.