Ec­cen­tric col­lec­tion sold

Auckland City Harbour News - - MILESTONES - ELESHA ED­MONDS

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.

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