Showtime Auction Services, based in Woodhaven, MI, reports that the top lot in an Oct. 10-12 auction held at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, MI, was a rare bow front violano music player, made around 1910 by the Mills Novelty Company. It sold for $137,500. In all, the auction grossed around $2.2 million.
The Central Plains Regional Archives is now closed on Mondays through March 30, 2009 as they prepare to move to a new location. The Archives will be moving to Union Station, which should improve public access to archival records and environmental conditions for storage. The new address will be National Archives–Central Plains Region, 400 West Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108. For more information, call 816-268-8000.
Three Sarasota, FL shows formerly run by Dolphin Promotions of Chicago & Ft. Lauderdale have been purchased by JMK Shows of New Jersey with Allison Kohler as owner.Kohler announced three upcoming shows in December, January and February in Sarasota of the eleven JMK will hold for the year beginning in October. The Sarasota shows will be held at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, Dec. 27-29, Jan. 30-Feb. 1 and Feb. 20-22. For more information, go to www.jmkshows.com.