An auction of more than 1,000 arcade games, including a plethora of pinball machines dating back decades, will wrap up this weekend at the Museum of Pinball in Banning, where the doors are closing for good.
Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, the 40,000-square-foot museum will host live and online bids on the floor of the facility, located at 700 S. Hathaway St.
The first auction was held the weekend of Sept. 10-12.
The nonprofit announced in July that because of the nearly yearlong coronavirus lockdowns, its financial situation had turned dire, and options had run out. There was an attempt to relocate the roughly 1,100 vintage pinball machines and digital arcade games to a venue in Palm Springs, but the effort came to naught.
The museum touts the largest collection of classic pinball and arcade games in the world. Some of the pinball titles include “Addams Family Gold Special,” “Big Bang Bar,” and “Magic Girl.”
Among the digital arcade games are Atari’s “Star Wars Cockpit,” Atari’s “Paperboy,” Exidy’s “Death Race” and the “Bally Midway Discs of Tron.”
The museum’s collection is valued in excess of $8 million, according to the auctioneer, Captain’s Auction Warehouse of Anaheim.
“While it’s disappointing to see the Museum of Pinball close its doors, I am confident that Captain’s Auction Warehouse will steer the games in the right direction as we’ve worked together for many years,” museum owner John Weeks said.
In addition to bidding on the floor of the museum, virtual bidding will be available via the portal www.captainsauctionwarehouse.com.
In addition to the Friday bidding, additional floor action will be held Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. Product previews will be available between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. both days.
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