Morphy’s Appointed to Auction the Late Bob Levy’s Personal Collection of Antique Gambling Machines, Coin-Ops

March 15th, 2011 by

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions will be selling the late Bob Levy’s personal collection of gambling and coin-op machines over Labor Day weekend, 2011. The collection of 350-400 antique and vintage machines will be offered in its entirety in a Sept. 3 session at Morphy’s gallery, with Internet live bidding through Morphy Live and LiveAuctioneers.com.

A renowned expert in the field of coin-ops, and head of Morphy’s Antique Gambling Machine & Coin-op department, Mr. Levy passed away on Feb. 21 of this year. Although he was a prominent and very active dealer for many years, Bob also had a coveted private collection of machines that he called his “keepers.” In carrying out the instructions specified in Mr. Levy’s will, executors of the Levy Estate have appointed Morphy’s to handle the collection, with no private selling to occur prior to auction day.

Morphy Auctions’ CEO Dan Morphy said he feels a personal commitment “to make every effort possible to put the machines Bob loved in the hands of others who would appreciate them just as much as he did.”

The late Bob Levy was known internationally by the nickname “Mr. Coin-op,” owing to his expertise in the field of antique coin-operated machines. His personal collection of antique gambling machines will be auctioned Sept. 3, 2011 at Morphy’s. Morphy Auctions file photo.

Morphy said Bob Levy had a great passion for his collection. “Those machines were Bob’s life. He enjoyed every minute of buying and selling, but the machines he kept for himself were his treasures. They were second only to his family in terms of importance,” Morphy said.

“We are deeply honored that Bob chose us to auction his collection,” Morphy continued. “My staff and I knew Bob very well, and as sad as we are that he is no longer with us, we feel certain that Bob would want us to be excited about marketing and auctioning the wonderful machines he considered so special. We will make sure that every aspect of the sale is conducted in a way that would have made Bob proud.”

The Levy collection has already arrived at Morphy’s gallery and will be the centerpiece of an auction lineup containing other select consignments of antique gambling, vending and other coin-operated machines. For additional information, call Morphy Auctions at 717-335-3435 or e-mail dan@morphyauctions.com.

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