|Title:||Budweiser/Clydsedale rotating lamp|
|Description:||this item is a budweiser/clydesdale rotating lamp. It is the Budweiser beer wagon being drawn by a team of Clydesdale horse and has a Dalmation dog on the wagon with Dalmation puppies following the wagon. It is an electrically lite lamp. It measures 18" high x 24" wide.|
|Condition:||The lamp is in excellent condition. Runs perfectly and has only three small marks on the clear plastic that measure no more than 1/4" in length.|
|Origin:||The item was given to me by a local Budweiser distributor when I owned a bar here in town. It was new when given to me. The lamp hung in the bar for 8 months at which time it was put in storage, in a box.|
|Provenance:||I attempted to sell this item on ebay about two months ago but did not have much success. It was my first attempt and didn't approach the auction properly.|
|Appraised By:||Michael Rice|
|Appraiser Comments:||Thank you for your enquiry and your excellent photographs. The Budweiser Clydesdale Parade lamp is, as you've noted, very hard to find. I have not personally seen one for sale for a number of years, but they do appear on eBay occasionally, and more often on lists of dealers who specialize in breweriana. At the date of this appraisal, eBay records 2 at active auction, and 1 in ended acutions. The price achieved by the 'sold' example ($450) is fair, but below the price to be expected in an antiques + collectibles store. As you mentioned attempting to sell yours about 2 months ago - this would have been in August, which is one of the quietest months on eBay, and this likely contributed to your lack of success. October and the lead-up to Christmas is the prime selling period online, and provided you place it in the Budweiser sub-category, include the words "Budweiser Clydesdale Parade Rotating Lamp" in the title and description, and use the photos you've submitted here, then you'll certainly attract any potential bidders. Use of a reserve is a matter of choice - many bidders avoid lots with hidden reserves, as they feel that, too often, the reserves are unrealistic, and thus bidding would be wasting time. As an alternative to eBay, you might consider contacting a dealer or auctioneer who specializes in advertising material. An excellent place to start would be Hake's Americana & Copllectibles (www.hakes.com) who are long-established with a fine reputation. Good luck with your sale!|
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