Mark B. Ledenbach's vintage Halloween collectibles blog.

Vintage antique U.S.A. Halloween owl lantern - large

It is nice to see this owl lantern get some loving. Years ago these commanded high prices, but as eBay upended the market's assumptions as to what was rare and what truly wasn't, prices for this lantern, as well as its cat mate, began to fall. When Beistle reproduced this lantern a couple of years ago (doing it the right way by making the new ones MUCH smaller than the vintage ones and ensuring these new items were well marked), prices continued to fall. To illustrate, in my 2007 second edition, this is valued at $70, whereas in the new third edition the value is given as $55. Now, whether this auction result is an anomaly or the start of a trend will have to await more data.