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The show me your Witco thread.
TIKI DAVID
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Posted: 2008-10-19 1:11 pm   Permalink

"going for the kill" is just a figure of speech that go's along with the term "thrill of the hunt". all in fun ,part of the game .
not meant to be "cruel"

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-10-19 1:14 pm   Permalink

And here is the Witco pin up of the month, from 1972, the TAHITI BAR! :



(..and with it, your painted Ubangi Planter, David)

I am unhappy how it got reproduced in Tiki Modern (p.239), it's too desaturated. THIS is how the photo really looked. Also note the smaller version of it on page 8 of Tiki Modern.


 
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Sparkle Mark
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From: Porter Ranch, CA
Posted: 2008-10-19 1:30 pm   Permalink

WOW!

That's super sexy.
Imagine living in that room, if you were in there and went outside, the outdoors would seem dull and colorless.

Thanks for pic!
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Tikinomad
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Posted: 2008-10-19 6:48 pm   Permalink

That's killer big bro!
What was the original retail price of the bar? I've always been curious what Witco originally sold for.......


 
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TravelingJones
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Posted: 2008-10-19 7:01 pm   Permalink

Righteous score braddah T!
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keigs20
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Posted: 2008-10-19 9:36 pm   Permalink

great find. Nomad I have not been able to find how much the bar sold for back in the day but I do know in the mid to late 60's a Witco Mainlader fountain sold for $440.00 and a Witco World globe sold for $90.00 and your basic tiki bar with 3 stools sold for $490.00 and a 4ft Hefner mask sold for $35.00

 
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Tikinomad
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Posted: 2008-10-20 04:51 am   Permalink

Cool, thanks for the info Keigs! What year was it made?

 
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TikiTres
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Posted: 2008-10-21 11:19 am   Permalink

Heck of a score on that bar, you should see if you can talk Ken into carving you a top for it. It wouldn't have it's original top, but you'd have some excellent provinance to go with the replacement top.

 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2008-10-21 12:08 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-08-22 14:05, Psycho Tiki D wrote:
Those are some nice finds, I especially like both the lamp and the cat pieces and Duke, your collection is mad!

Fridays have seem to be my Witco find days lately. Either I wasn't paying attention to what was out there or it is just starting to show up, but I have been extremely lucky lately.

Here is today's purchase:









At 5 feet tall, this one is in great condition (needs to be cleaned). I equate this as Witco's version of a velvet nude.

Gotta love it!

PTD


Spotted one of these with a burnt orange cloth background on a weekend trip to Atlanta for $175. Debated for a while and left it. It's just so dang huge! IF someone out there is wanting it, send me a PM and I'll get you the contact info.

This color.

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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-10-22 7:20 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-10-19 18:48, Tikinomad wrote:
That's killer big bro!
What was the original retail price of the bar? I've always been curious what Witco originally sold for.......



Well lookey here what I found: The original 1973 receipt for my bar with stools, and the sofa and chair, all bought at the same store in Memphis where Elvis bought his Jungle Room furniture:



$ 798.- for the bar with barstools, that was not cheap back then.



 
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jpmartdog
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Posted: 2008-10-22 7:43 pm   Permalink

WOWEEE! - Now that is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time! - Ooooh what I wouldn't give to be able to afford it all!
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TikiTres
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From: Forney, TX
Posted: 2008-10-23 2:05 pm   Permalink

Wow, that is unbelievable to have the original receipt to what is already a super rare Witco piece. Amazing! The prices are much higher than I would have thought, no wonder the pieces are so rare today. They couldn't have sold many of the bigger pieces at those prices (considering what those prices would have been in today's dollars). The other thing I'm surprised to see is that when adjusted for inflation and compared to recent market prices, most of those items have not appreciated in value.

EDIT- I Googled and found a cool inflation calculator here:

http://www.westegg.com/inflation/infl.cgi

I entered the sofa price of 788.80 and used the receipt year of 1973 and in 2007 dollars (the calculator doesn't go any higher) it would be 3643.39. That helps put it into perspective, a Witco couch isn't exactly something any... ummm... Joe the Plumber ( ) could have easily afforded.

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Tikinomad
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Posted: 2008-10-24 05:53 am   Permalink

That's crazy, thanks big bro! I recently scored some more witco at the flea market last weekend on my birthday of all days, I'll post some pictures this week! I split the findings with my friend Mike who has also been collecting Tiki for years and often teams up with me on our "archeological digs". The Witco findings included one African Bar (X-200), 2 Tiki stools, one long Tiki bench, 2 large Tiki wall sconces, a witco couple and my favorite, Biku! (He is one big Tiki)
I think I've stumbled upon some weird Witco vortex this month...ha ha!


 
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Tikinomad
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Posted: 2008-10-24 09:58 am   Permalink

Here's some pic's of Biku....

the bench...

the wall plaques...


and the couple....


Mike has the bar and stools in his apartment so I'll have to take some pictures of it next time I'm over and post them too!
Ma halo!
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-10-24 10:02 am   Permalink

Jeeeez Tim, what great finds! Never seen that bench before! And the masks with the metal ends, amazing!

 
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