Just found something interesting (in Google Cache): HERE
Approximately 50 automata will be offered, including lot 567, a rare early Magician Automaton by Throude. The magician turns his head from side to side and then looks down at the table, his eyes moving from left to right and his mouth opening as though mumbling, as he lifts both cups simultaneously to reveal a sequence of six changes: nothing on the left and a die on right, nothing on the right and a die on the left, three balls and a loaf of bread, an apple and three balls, two pears, and then nothing.
Active from around 1831-72, Alexandre Throude was one of the earliest makers in the golden age of the French automaton. Although his work is sometimes mistaken for that of Phalibois, with which it shares some similarities, Throude's automata are generally smaller and more delicate, and the unusual choice of items under this magician's cups is characteristic of Throude's whimsical sense of humor (est. $12/18,000). Others include lot 593, a rare Ives General Grant Smoker automaton, whose early advertisements claimed that it was capable of blowing perfect smoke rings. Running for over an hour on one winding, the long duration of the mechanism would have made the General Grant Smoker an ideal (and very early) advertising automaton (est. $12/18,000).
===>A Phalibois automaton from a traveling exhibition, titled "New Woman" (lot 600, est. $20/30,000
), and a Singing Bird Box by Rochat, believed to be the earliest numbered singing bird box by Rochat to have been offered at auction thus far (lot 556, est. $10/15,000) also will be featured.