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Tikis from Trader Vic's Chicago to be auctioned
Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2012-08-07 1:10 pm   Permalink

From the Chicagoist.com:

Want To Buy a Real Trader Vic's Tiki?

"The auction, which begins on August 22, includes more than 35 items, including full-sized tikis, end tables, lamps, masks and giant pacific clamshells."


Edit - link fixed

[ This Message was edited by: Hakalugi 2012-08-07 13:45 ]


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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2012-08-07 1:13 pm   Permalink

Looks like they deleted the page.......

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2012-08-07 1:15 pm   Permalink

Try this one: http://chicagoist.com/2012/08/07/want_to_buy_a_real_trader_joes_tiki.php

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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2012-08-07 1:31 pm   Permalink

Direct link to the Auction site:
http://catalogues.lesliehindman.com/asp/search.asp?st=U&view1=View&sale_value=210++++

Search "Forthcoming Sales" for "Tiki" and/or "Trader".


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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-08-07 1:39 pm   Permalink

Some nice original stuff, but also some recent Asian imports, so the values are kind of arbitrary

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2012-08-07 4:04 pm   Permalink

only the barney west and the small black tiki with boobs are from the trader vics palmer house.... the rest are indonesian asian imports.

I will add that the barney west has signifigant damage (large splits and cracks) due to being left out in the harsh chicago winter the first year the new traders was open. There are a couple more that have suffered some large dings and dents.

Looks like they cleaned and shined them all up - last i saw them in march(?) they were all dusty and dull, in situ in the then closed traders....

..and who is rob christopher, tiki enthusiast, and why have I never hear of him till now ??


.. and last time I checked, it's highly illegal to sell tortoise shells, at least in this state. Big no-no....

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randomcha
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Joined: Dec 05, 2005
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2012-08-08 06:47 am   Permalink

Ha, I think you know who I am by now, Tipsy Refresher: http://chicagoist.com/2011/07/01/the_sad_story_of_trader_vics_in_chi.php

Oddly enough this auction is on my birthday. I don't think my blood is rich enough for most of what the items will go for, but I think I'll check it out anyway.
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Tiki Lee's
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Joined: Aug 23, 2003
Posts: 794
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2012-08-08 11:12 am   Permalink

Nice article, Randomcha!

Ya know what's kinda funny, is that the auction house actually sought me out and contacted me at my Tiki Shop about this upcoming auction a few days ago. How'd I get the reputation as the "go to guy" for tiki that they called me instead of the obvious real-life Tiki "Gods" like Sven, Bosko, Danny, et al?

I thought at first that it might be that they found my facebook page for my shop,
www.facebook.com/TikiLeesTikiShop (if you care to visit), but they called me at the new location of the Charleston Antique Mall where my Tiki Shop USED to be and asked for "The Tiki Guy". Wierd. I guess 10 years of being "The Tiki Guy" in Vegas gets around!

Anyway, here's the DIRECT LINK to the auction pages featuring the Tiki's that they sent me:

http://catalogues.lesliehindman.com/asp/search.asp?st=U&view1=View&sale_value=210++++&pg=60&ps=10

That'll make it easier to find the goodies...

The auction "terms" are 22% percent buyers premium ADDED to the winning bid if you are there, 24% if you are a phone, absentee, or internet bidder. Local pick-up is preferred, as they do not ship. However they have several shippers that they recommend listed on their website. You can expect to pay about $150 to $300 per tiki to ship these heavy mothers! Chicago-area folks, I'm envious!

BTW, BigBro, besides the two that Tipsy said were from the Palmer House, which of the others are from the old location, or just "older"? I'm curious to see if my "guesses" are correct!

I'll be watching the auction on-line... I hope one of us "TCer's" gets the good stuff!
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2012-08-08 11:56 am   Permalink

After looking at them again, and after Typsy's post, I must say he's probably right: Most of them are fairly recent "Poly-Asian", even the traditional post looking ones, except for the "Tiki Jardiniere", and the Barney Moai. I would not pay more than 150. - bucks for that non-vintage wood, it has no real history.

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2012-08-08 2:02 pm   Permalink

I suppose it's a good deal if you are local - 1) no need for shipping 2) your gonna pay the same price you would buying direct from one of these online places that sell asian/indonesian tikis and again you can skip shipping cost. 3) good way to fill in your tiki room or yard with some big tikis that would normally cost a small fortune otherwise..... at $300 - $400 bucks it's a good deal, some of these tikis are huge. for those in the midwest that can't make it out to the trader vics warehouse sales on the west coast, , i'd say this could be a good thing.

other than that, there's no reason to own any of this stuff.



@ rob - thanks , now I know.



 
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Tonga Trader
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2012-08-09 1:53 pm   Permalink

Boy, chicagoist must not pay very much. They call it Trader Joe's twice, in the link and the text:

"...we were informed on our pre-opening hard hat tour of the Chicago Trader Joe's that all of the tikis were from the original Palmer House location.."

That's some fine editin'!

Wankers.

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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
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Posted: 2012-08-09 4:51 pm   Permalink

So let me get this straight Trader Vics is selling some stuff?
You TCers should post this news when you find out.
Like in every thread.:smile::smile:


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2012-08-22 2:13 pm   Permalink

auction over - everything sold for ridiculous amounts of money....

 
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tiki1963
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Joined: Sep 12, 2003
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From: los angeles
Posted: 2012-08-22 2:17 pm   Permalink

how are seven foot tiki carvings, "new poly-asian" or not ridiculous amounts of money when they sell for $500-$1200?

there's people on TC that spend more than that on "new poly-american" limited-edition mugs.


 
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tikigreg
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From: ClubTiki
Posted: 2012-08-22 5:27 pm   Permalink

I think it's a West Coast/Midwest Coast thing.

 
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