Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Mutoscope (International Mutoscope Reel Company, 1920s). Very Fine. Mutoscope Machine (15.75" X 17.5" X 63.5") & Reels (7) (Diameter: 10.5"). From the Collection of Frank Buxton, of which the sale's proceeds will benefit The San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
    Restored and updated to working order, this Mutoscope comes with seven reels of shorts, one of baseball legend Babe Ruth, an excerpt from Douglas Fairbanks in The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (Triangle, 1918), Perilous Riding, a Clyde Cook comedy, an excerpt from The Butcher Boy (Paramount, 1917), The Barnstormers (American Mutoscope & biograph, 1905), and an unidentifiable reel. Invented in the 1890s by W.K.L. Dickson and Herman Casler, these early motion picture machines quickly became extremely popular. The Mutoscopes did not use celluloid, but rather cards with photos, which when flipped rapidly by the mechanism created a moving image. One reel called What the Butler Saw was so well known that people began referring to Mutoscopes as "What-the-Butler-Saw machines." This machine shows a few scuffs and scratches, as well as surface wear on the coin drawer. The reels show wear due to age and some have pieces of cellophane tape. Three of the reels come in wooden boxes and the lot includes the keys to the coin drawer and machine.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2020
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 28
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,244

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Charges to be determined based on Actual Shipping Costs incurred. Note: Additional invoice may follow original. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms  | Movie Posters Grading Tutorial

    Sold on Mar 22, 2020 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 15 days left to consign to the 2021 July 24 - 25 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Grey is a true asset to Heritage Auctions and Heritage Auctions are a true asset to the Movie Poster Hobby.
    Jim G.,
    Ray, MI
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Auction #162121 spotlights

    The Day the Earth Stood Still (20th Century Fox, 1951). Very Fine. Title Lobby Card (11" X 14").

    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Universal International, 1948). Very Good. Lobby Card (11" X 14").

    The Empire Strikes Back (20th Century Fox, 1980). Folded, Very Fine. International Three Sheet (41" X 77").

    The Mummy's Curse (Universal, 1944). Very Fine. Lobby Card (11" X 14").

    The Astounding She Monster (American International, 1958). Folded, Fine. Insert (14" X 36")

    Dawn of the Dead by George Romero (1975). Fine/Very Fine. First Treatment Script (93 Pages)

    Jaws (Universal, 1975). Very Fine+. Color Transparencies (4) (4" X 5").

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search