Eccentric collection sold
Antique collectors and magicians packed into an auction room as entertainer Michael Woolf’s life-long collection was put under the hammer.
Woolf - a magician, puppeteer, actor and teacher - died in Wellington in June at the age of 77.
He had collected an array of eccentric items during his time in the entertainment business and they were auctioned off in Auckland on Saturday morning.
Around 40 people turned up to bid on Woolf’s collection of music boxes, vintage toys, arcade gaming machines, puppetry and magic apparatus.
There was also a lot of activity online with bidders from around the world participating in the auction.
A highlight of the auction was the sale of a rare American short film movie player, dating back to the 1940s. The mahogany cabinet was sold for $3525 - nearly double its asking price.
Bidding soared when it came to the sale of an original arcade mutoscope (a coin-in-the-slot peep-show).
It exceeded its pre-sale asking price of $500 and was sold for more than $2500.
Auctioneer James Hogan said 90 per cent of Woolf’s collection was sold at the auction.
Woolf, who appeared in the films Goodbye Pork Pie and Rangi’s Catch, was awarded with a lifetime achievement award in magic at the 31st New Zealand International Magician Convention in 2012
Michael Woolf appeared in the films Goodbye Pork Pie and Rangi’s Catch.