Story dated 25th March, 2003.
Sunday sees a bumper auction of amusement games and parts in Melbourne.
One of the highlights has to be the Kiss backglass - anything Kiss-related seems to turn otherwise sensible people into bid-crazy dervishes - signed by Gene Simmons and the band's new guitarist Tommy Thayer.
Not only that, but Elton John fans have something to drive them into a bidding frenzy too.
An "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy" pinball game previously owned by Elton John himself has recently been added to the list. The game was bought at one of Elton's clearances in the UK fourteen years ago and has now surfaced at this auction.
Viewing is on Friday and Saturday and the auction kicks off at midday on Sunday. You can view and bid for items at the auction's website www.bumper.com.au.
Bumper Action is also the site for the monthly Pinball Faith meetings - the chance to play up to 40 pinball games, play quizzes, eat and drink and join in the pinball fun.
Pinball Faith takes place on the first Friday of each month from 7pm and costs AU$25 for men, AU$ for women and AU$10 for children 6-16yrs old. Under 6's get in for free.
Over 400 people in attended the auction and around 80 percent of the 300 lots sold, but the more expensive items - such as those featured above did not raise sufficiently high bids. The Kiss backglass did not meet reserve and neither did the Captain Fantastic once owned by Elton John.
However a brand new Playboy 2002 went for AU$6100 while a mint condition Rolling Stones went for AU$5500 (plus 11% buyers premium). A mint Apollo 13 went for AU$2500 and and Addams Family for AU$4750. Finally, a Star Wars Ep1reached AU$6900 plus premium.
© Pinball News 2003