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Delia has nearly 30 years of experience at regional and international auction houses in the United States, and is also currently the editor of an art and antiques trade publication that tracks market trends, auctions and antiques shows. Delia is a generalist in glass, ceramics, silver and other metals, fine art, textiles, antiquities, wines and spirits, stamps and currency, collectibles and dolls and toys. Additionally, she is a specialist in 15th to 21st Century furniture from around the world. Her extensive professional network of appraisers, curators, dealers and collectors has proven to be an invaluable resource in her work for Mearto.

Rare vending machines can be intriguing and highly sought after by collectors due to their uniqueness, historical significance, or limited production. Here are some examples of rare vending machines:

Vintage Coca-Cola Machines:

Vintage Coca-Cola vending machines, especially those from the mid-20th century, are often considered rare and collectible. Machines featuring unique designs, such as the Vendo 81 or Cavalier 96, can command high prices among collectors.

Art Deco Vending Machines:

Vending machines with Art Deco styling from the 1920s and 1930s are highly sought after by collectors of vintage items. These machines often feature streamlined designs and intricate details that reflect the Art Deco aesthetic.

Automat Machines:

Automat machines, popularized in the early to mid-20th century, allowed customers to purchase a variety of food and drink items by inserting coins. Vintage automat machines, such as those from Horn & Hardart, are considered rare and evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Unusual Product Vending Machines:

Vending machines that dispense unusual or niche products can be rare. Examples include vending machines for gold bars, fresh flowers, live bait, or even high-end electronics. These unique machines attract attention from collectors interested in quirky and unconventional items.

Limited Edition or Prototype Machines:

Vending machines produced in limited quantities or prototypes that were never mass-produced can be considered rare. These machines may have unique features, designs, or capabilities that set them apart from standard models.

Vintage Candy and Gum Machines:

Antique candy and gum vending machines from the early 20th century are sought after by collectors. Machines with decorative designs and original, unrestored condition are particularly rare.

Japanese Capsule Toy Machines (Gashapon):

Vintage Japanese capsule toy vending machines, known as Gashapon machines, are popular among collectors. Machines featuring rare or discontinued capsule toys can be sought after by enthusiasts of Japanese pop culture.

Specialty Coffee Vending Machines:

High-end specialty coffee vending machines that offer gourmet coffee options with advanced brewing technology can be considered rare. These machines cater to coffee connoisseurs and are sought after for their unique capabilities.

Interactive or Digital Vending Machines:

Modern vending machines with interactive features, touchscreens, and digital displays can be rare due to their advanced technology. These machines may offer a more personalized and engaging user experience.

Limited-Edition Beverage Vending Machines:

Some beverage companies release limited-edition vending machines as part of promotional campaigns. These machines may feature custom branding, artwork, or special functionalities, making them rare and collectible.

When seeking rare vending machines, collectors often explore online auctions, specialized collector forums, vintage vending machine shows, and antique dealers. The rarity and value of these machines can vary based on factors such as condition, historical significance, and the uniqueness of the vending experience they offer.

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