19th century Punch cigar store wooden figure, 69 1/2 inches tall, sells for $102,600 at Showtime Auction Services, Oct. 3-5, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A 19th century Punch cigar store wood figure, 69 ½ inches tall and with a contemporary base, soared to $102,600 at a three-day auction held Oct. 3rd-5th by Showtime Auction Services, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor. The Punch figure was the top lot in a sale that saw over 1,900 lots from the Bud and Sally Bassett lifetime collection sell to the highest bidder, with no reserves. Punch cigar store figures – and their more famous cousins, cigar store Indian figures – are highly collectible and can fetch dizzying dollars at auction. Examples by Samuel Robb, who produced both kinds in his New York City studio starting in 1886, can routinely command […]