Vintage Coin-operated Mortuary-Automaton

Das ist ein Automat einer Leichenhalle von circa 1900. Wenn man ‘ne Münze reinschmeisst, fangen die Angehörigen an zu weinen und die Forensiker beginnen, an den Toten herumzuschnibbeln. Geht für wahrscheinlich 5000 Dollar über den Auktionstisch. Grandios!

Lot 207
“St. Dennistoun Mortuary” Coin-Operated Automaton, attributed to Leonard Lee, c. 1900, the mahogany cabinet and glazed viewing area displays a Greek Revival mortuary building with double doors and grieving mourners out front, when a coin is inserted, doors open and the room is lighted revealing four morticians and four poor souls on embalming tables, the morticians move as if busily at work on their grisly task and mourners standing outside bob their heads as if sobbing in grief, ht. 30 1/2, wd. 24, dp. 17 1/4 in.

Estimate $4,000-6,000
Brass coin plate stamped J. Dennison Leeds NO. 80

“St. Dennistoun Mortuary” Coin-Operated Automaton, Attributed to Leonard Lee, c. 1900, Skinner Auctioneers, June 2, 2012