Elder’s Antiques Fall Auction features unique items from the lifetime collection of late Joe Lombardi Senior (1922-2001) of Auburndale, Florida. The auction includes a wide array of items from coin operated food dispensers to arcade games, music boxes, Chinese and Japanese Textiles, Jade and Ivory sculptures, and more. The sale is now live through October 26th.
The top highlighted item of the auction is a gorgeous Rolex Day-Date watch, known as the “Super President Watch”. Originally released in 1956, this model received its name after Rolex gifted one to then president Dwight D. Eisenhower. Housing a total of 374 diamonds, the body is made entirely out of 18K yellow gold. The watch comes in its original box and is in very good, working condition. It is estimated at $18,000-22,000.
The sale also features a Regina Music Box from the late 19th Century. These music boxes were popular throughout the 19th Century and early 20th Century until World War One and the economic crisis of the 1920’s. Regina was a prominent brand in the music box industry because of their innovative automatic disc feature, and broad compatibility between their music boxes. After the decline of these instruments, Regina switched their business model to produce vacuum cleaners. This item is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.
Another highlight of the sale is an oil on canvas by the American painter, Walter Blackman. Blackman was born in New York in 1847 and established his painting career in Paris, where he studied formally under the artist Jean-Leon Gerome. A typical example of Orientalism, this painting depicts a woman doing her laundry by a lake. It is estimated at $2,500-$3,000.