About Catawiki's slot & vending machine auction
The first slot machine was invented by Charles Fey in California, in 1897, and featured a collection of spinning discs, displaying symbols - the combination of symbols achieved during play would determine the size of the pay-out. Fey’s machine was the predecessor of the modern “Fruit Machine.” Popular today among collectors, due in part to their nostalgic and historical value, slot machines take a variety of forms and designs. The history of vending machines is more extensive, with the first coin operated machine noted by an author in the 1st Century AD and the first modern vending machine dispensing postcards in London in the early 1880’s.
Perhaps one of the most iconic vending machines is the Jukebox or nickel-in-the-slot phonograph, invented in 1890 by Louis Glass and William S. Arnold. This ingenious machine enabled customers to select music of their choice. The appearance of such machines has come to conjure a particular nostalgia for the age in which they were used, particularly the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.
Containing vending and slot machines from a range of different countries and periods, Catawiki’s Slot and Vending Machine auctions feature special objects for enthusiasts and collectors alike. Our expert auctioneers supervise our auctions, while notary officials are working to guarantee the validity of bids placed. In choosing to sell your Vending or Slot Machine on Catawiki, your special object will be seen by millions of potential bidders, providing excellent online exposure to a very relevant audience.
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