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Burnaby auction house selling off 'extremely rare' gangster and TV show collectables

Burnaby’s Direct Liquidation will be selling assets from movie sets and TV shows such as Stargate and Star Trek.

A Burnaby auction house has teamed up with a local Canadian reality star to raise spirits with a rare sale of 1890s gangster paraphernalia and sci-fi TV show assets.

Direct Liquidation in Burnaby recently partnered with Collector Concierge International (CCI) in acquiring many extremely rare investment grade collectibles which will be included in the sale. Taking place on Saturday, March 27, the auctioneer for the sale will be Jeff Schwarz who has his own reality TV show called “The Liquidator” running on Amazon Prime and Game TV. 

Truly a mixed bag, the sale covers gambling machines built in 1894 to the distant future with memorabilia from the critically acclaimed television show Stargate SG-1. Also in the science fiction vein are signed photos of stars of the X-Files TV series as well as horror props, prop guns and military sci-fi uniforms. 

For the history buffs out there the sale will see a collection of slot machines like the Johnnie Bull and the rare Caille Musical upright slot machine from 1905. Staying within the early 1900s there are shadow boxes and original newspapers telling the story of notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone and other crime bosses in the era.

Also for sale are a number of music players, one of the most remarkable being the Violano-Virtuoso with a starting bid of $90,800. Patented in 1905 the machine combines a piano and a violin in the same case and uses a roll of paper with holes punched in it for instructions. 

Vintage collectibles are also for sale including items such as rare Lego sets from the ‘70s and ‘80s, a life-sized Ronald McDonald, antique carousel wooden horse replica from the ’20s, and much more.

As for why the sale is happening at all, Jeff Schwarz says he is “hoping to bring a little fun during this very hard time.”

For more information on how to register for the auction visit Direct Liquidation’s website.