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Morphy’s April 26-27 auction presents iconic American advertising, from soft drinks and cars to tobacco and other vices

 Also featured: coin-ops, figural cast iron and Part II of Silverman pinball collection
 
DENVER, Pa. – Riding on the wake of a buoyant million-dollar advertising sale in February, Morphy’s is gearing up for another wide-ranging advertising auction, with the added bonus of Part II of the David Silverman pinball collection. The April 26-27 event will feature 1,660 choice lots of antique advertising, coin-ops and figural cast-iron pieces.
 
Day one will open with a selection of more than 600 lots of soda pop signs and related items. Both an extremely rare 1930s Dr. Pepper porcelain triangle truck sign and a 1936 Orange Crush embossed tin sign are entered with individual estimates of $2,500-$3,500. Another scarce Orange Crush sign, made of tin over cardboard, is expected to make $3,000-$4,000. Although sampling the contents is not advisable, an extremely rare, unopened 6-pack of Dr. Pepper cone-top cans could rise to the $3,500-$5,000 range.
 
A 40-year single-owner collection of more than 100 early syrup dispensers features many seldom-seen types – among them, one of very few known examples of a Fan-Taz 5-cent “DRINK of the FANS” dispenser in the form of a realistically “stitched” baseball with bat motif. Made around 1900 and retaining its original pump, it carries a $30,000-$60,000 estimate.
 
Other top syrup dispensers include: Chero Crush, $20,000-$30,000; Cherry Chic, $12,000-$18,000; and World Liquid Force, which is shaped as a globe of the world with bas-relief continents, $14,000-$25,000. Morphy Auctions’ founder and president, Dan Morphy, noted that there are many other dispensers whose estimates are well within reach of beginning and intermediate collectors. “It’s a really beautiful collection with impressive examples at every price point. They’ve been on display here at the gallery and the compliments have been constant,” Morphy said.
 
Moving into the Coca-Cola category, the highest-estimated lot at $10,000-$15,000 is a large, 1930s stainless steel and neon outdoor sign made by Flexlume Electrical Advertising Co., of Buffalo, New York. Other desirable Coke signage includes a 1931 cardboard cutout easel sign with the image of a bathing beauty with sunburst parasol, $3,000-$5,000; and a 1935 shield-shape porcelain Fountain Service sign, $2,500-$3,500. From the late 19th century, an extremely rare “Hutchinson-style” bottle, with a straight-sided as opposed to cabriole shape, will be offered with a $2,500-$4,500 estimate.
 
The Saturday session will wrap with more than 150 lots of tobacciana. One of few known examples of a Sweet Violet Tobacco vertical pocket tin is estimated at $1,000-$2,000. A Mayo’s Plug “Cock o’ the Walk” porcelain sign features an appealing image of a crowing cockerel, while a Buster Brown cigar tin displays an amusing image of comic strip character Buster Brown and his trusty bull terrier Tighe. Each of the two lots is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
 
Day two of Morphy’s April 26-27 auction will open with the company’s second offering of pinball machines from the 35-year David Silverman collection, previously displayed at the National Pinball Museum. Film-related machines lead the grouping, with a 1993 Williams “Indiana Jones” pinball estimated at $6,500-$7,500; and a 1992 “Creature from the Black Lagoon” with fantastic artwork by Kevin O’Connor, expected to reach $4,500-$6,000. Other notable lots include two Gottlieb pinball machines: a rare, low-production 1950s “Buffalo Bill,” $2,000-$2,500; and a 1952 “All-Star Basketball,” $1,500-$2,000.
 
Bidders will want to reserve as much pocket change as possible for the 200+ lots of gambling machines and coin-ops that follow. The highest-estimated item in the auction, at $100,000-$120,000, is a superb Caille double-upright floor model slot machine that combines a 5-cent Centaur and 25-cent Big Six in its gold-plated oak casing. Another handsome upright model, a Mills “Two Bits Dewey Jackpot” upright slot machine, is estimated at $25,000-$30,000. Among the most desirable snack-vending machines are a Ryede Gum, Peanut and Candy dispenser, $12,000-$15,000; and a circa-1899 Wrigley’s Gum slot machine/trade stimulator that was given to retailers if they ordered ten cases of gum, $2,500-$4,000.
More than 300 lots of automotive-related advertising will be auctioned, led by an array of early to mid-19th-century signs. Highlights include: a 1920s Texaco Filling Station porcelain sign, $2,500-$4,500; a near-mint double-sided Cadillac Authorized Service porcelain sign, $3,000-$4,000; and an Armstrong Rhino-Flex Tires flange sign, $1,500-$2,000. A near-mint Oil Creek Ethyl gas globe is entered with a $3,000-$5,000 estimate.
 
Closing out the sale is a selection of more than 100 pieces of figural cast iron. Animal forms include a 15-inch doorstop depicting a bear holding a honey pot, $4,000-$6,000; an all-original, excellent-plus giraffe doorstop, $6,000-$9,000; and a lawn sprinkler replicating a wood duck, $1,500-$2,000. “Human” shapes include a cast-iron black butler string holder, $2,000-$3,000; and a French soldier doorstop, $1,800-$2,500.
The auction includes the beginning of the dispersal of the extensive Figural Cast Iron Collection of Stephen Greenberg. Stephen, a prominent Philadelphia attorney, is a well known figure in the antique world. He and his wife were charter members of the Figural Cast Iron Club, and Stephen served as Secretary/Treasurer of the club for over 6 years.

Collected over several decades, with a focus on cast iron doorstops, the Greenberg collection is one of the top figural cast iron collections in quality, rarity, and variety to hit the market in many years.  The total disbursement of the collection will unfold over four to five auctions.

Morphy’s April 26-27 Antique Advertising, Coin-op & Figural Cast Iron Auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. All forms of bidding will be available, including live online through Morphy Live (www.morphyauctions.com), LiveAuctioneers or Invaluable. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 or email serena@morphyauctions.com. Visit Morphy Auctions online at www.morphyauctions.com.

Famed Parks Birdstone announced as headliner of Morphy’s May 17 Prehistoric American Artifact Auction

 

Famed Parks Birdstone announced as headliner of Morphy’s May 17 Prehistoric American Artifact Auction

DENVER, Pa. – At their first Prehistoric American Artifact Auction, held on November 9, 2013, Morphy’s achieved a world-record auction price for an arrowhead: $276,000. Department head John Mark Clark, who organized the sale, said he believes lightning could strike twice for Morphy’s when the celebrated Parks Birdstone crosses the auction block on May 17th.

During his announcement that the Parks Birdstone had been secured as the headliner for Morphy’s second Prehistoric event, Clark described the artifact as “one of the five finest birdstones in the world.” Found in a plowed field in DeKalb County, Indiana, in 1951, the Parks Birdstone is estimated to be 2,500 years old.

“Top birdstones have been selling privately for $700,000 to $900,000,” Clark said. “We believe the Parks Birdstone – which was named for the famous artifact collector Cameron Parks – could shatter those prices. This was the late Mr. Parks’ finest bird.”

Additional details will be available soon on Morphy Auctions’ website: www.morphyauctions.com. Tel. 717-335-4565; info@morphyauctions.com.

 

February 21 & 22 Post Sale Highlights

 

DENVER, Pa. – On February 21st, a spirited gathering of pinball wizards congregated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, as Morphy Auctions dispersed 75 machines from a famous 35-year pinball collection. Consigned by David Silverman, founder of the National Pinball Museum, the pinball selection colorfully opened Morphy’s two-day sale of antique advertising in its many forms. The Feb. 21-22 auction included 1,300 lots that ran the gamut of soda pop, tobacciana, chewing gum and other product advertising, and grossed $1,032,000. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium.

“We had a great crowd for the pinball machines, with more than 60 pinball bidders in-house and very active online and absentee participation,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions. “David Silverman was already pleased with the prospects going into the sale when I told him what some of the opening bids were going to be. After the sale, he was even happier.”
The top pinball lot was a scarce 1988 Williams “Banzai Run” pinball machine with a motorcycle theme. Described in Morphy’s catalog as “an exciting game to play with fast action and great callouts,” the machine more than doubled its high estimate as it crossed the finish line at $5,400.

Following Banzai was a 1948 Alice in Wonderland machine that represented one of seven styles created for Gottlieb’s “Fairy Tales” series. Estimated at $1,000-$1,500, the condition 8 machine with Charles Leroy Parker artwork scurried down the rabbit hole for $4,200.

“The prices overall were a very pleasant surprise,” said Morphy. “David’s pinballs had remained in his collection for so long, and some were of a type so seldom seen in the marketplace, even David himself couldn’t predict how much they would bring. We’ll be selling more machines from this great collection later in the year.”

Finishing in the sale’s Number 1 slot, a circa-1899 Star Pepsin gum machine was chased to $27,600 against an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. One of only three known examples, the circa-1899 machine’s handsome cobalt blue and white front panel promised two sticks of gum for a penny, with the available varieties being wintergreen or fruit flavor.

Another big winner was an exquisitely graphic 1920s Wineberry ceramic soda fountain syrup dispenser. Its white ceramic body with gold banding was decorated with a richly detailed depiction of a meandering vine with leaves, tendrils and clusters of deep-red berries. Against an estimate of $10,000-$15,000, it pumped up a winning bid of $25,200.

Several early calendars led the Coca-Cola section of the sale, with the top seller being a wonderful example issued in 1903. Its imagery featured opera singer Lillian Nordica in a formal gown with a marabou hand-fan, leaning gracefully against a monumental floral urn. It exceeded its high estimate to reach $20,400. Following closely behind at $19,200 was a 1903 calendar with a half-portrait view of a celebrated beauty of the day, Hilda Clark, daintily holding a glass of Coke.

Hilda Clark made another appearance in the top 10, on a rare 1903 round, self-framed tin sign. The eye-pleasing 19½-inch advertisement settled within estimate at $11,400. Other Coca-Cola highlights included a 1920s leaded-glass overhead shade, $9,000; and a rare, life-size cardboard cutout (ex Schmidt Coca-Cola Museum) of a woman glancing sideways, with one hand on her hip and the other lifting a glass of Coke, $7,200.

Not to be left out, other soft drink advertising had an effervescent day, with a Pepsi celluloid pinback – roughly the size of a pocket mirror and one of only three or four known – commanding a $9,600 winning bid. A 1910-1920 Moxie embossed hexagonal tin sign – a form rarely found – exhibited near-mint condition, which helped boost its price to $4,800 against a presale estimate of $500-$800. Groovy pink and yellow mid-century graphics and the message “Have more fun with NuGrape Soda” convinced bidders to lift their paddles and compete to the $2,400 mark, six times the high estimate.

A recent feature on TV’s popular Antiques Roadshow may have awakened new bidders to the unique charm of antique occupational shaving mugs, a specialty at Morphy’s. Among the leaders in the group offered by Morphy’s was a 1924 mug depicting auto restorers and advertising Greenpoint Ford Service, $10,800; and a mug emblazoned with a shipbuilding image, $6,600.

Other notable lots included: a profusely illustrated and colorful Graphite Elastic Pain paper poster depicting Uncle Sam painting the hull of a ship, $8400; a classic 1910-1915 Grape-Nuts self-framed tin sign of a little girl walking to school with a St. Bernard dog, $6,000; and a beautiful Mayflower Warehouses sign featuring a vibrantly hued yellow, red and green Mayflower moving van, $6,000.
 

 

Where is Dan Morphy? View this page for Dan's travel schedule

The following is Dan Morphy’s travel schedule which includes the most up to date cities and information for his visits to cities near you. 

Travel Schedule:

March 29-30: NY Pier Show, NYC, NY
April 4-6: Chicagoland Coin-Op Show
April 12-13: Norm Shaut’s Fun Fair of Fine Collectibles, Bethlehem, PA
April 22-25: Spring Carlisle Car Show, Carlisle, PA
May 9-10: Old West Antiques Show, Grass Valley, CA

This travel page was created to assist our customers who are interested in consignment and collection previews.

Please contact Dan at 717-335-4569 or dan@morphyauctions.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morphy’s March 22 Premier Doll Auction Features Multigenerational Foote Family Collection

 

Morphy’s March 22 Premier Doll Auction Features Multigenerational Foote Family Collection


DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions’ March 22, 2014 Premier Doll Auction will showcase the multigenerational collection of the Foote family of Maryland. Doll collectors in the Washington, D.C., suburbs would be quite familiar with Iverna and Irving Foote, as they were active members of the Dollology Club and regular attendees at UFDC conventions and the Gaithersburg Doll Show. 

The Foote collection’s heritage traces back to Irving’s mother, Dorothy Budde Foote, who was from Medina, Ohio. She joined her first doll club in 1940, but her doll collecting started even earlier, with the acquisition of Oriental dolls she bought to use at her church Sunday School classes. Later, Dorothy’ became interested in antique dolls, after seeing a picture on the cover of Antiques magazine.

“Dorothy Foote was fortunate to be able to attend the lst Annual UFDC convention in 1950,” said Morphy Auctions’ doll consultant, Jan Foulke. “Her sister, Bertha Budde, took up doll dressing, so many of the dolls in the Foote collection were costumed by ‘Aunt Bea.’”

Dorothy Foote had five children. All of them shared in the dispersal of her collection when she died, but only two actively followed in her doll-collecting footsteps: her son, Irving, and her daughter.

Irving’s wife, Iverna, shared her husband’s interest in collecting. With the dolls Irving inherited as its foundation, Irving and Iverna built a remarkable and diverse collection with a strong emphasis on early china dolls and wooden Schoenhut dolls and toys, but also including French bébés and fashion dolls; and early cloth, papier-mâché and parian dolls. The Footes often planned their vacations to include visits to doll and antique shops; auctions and conventions. Irving also enjoyed photography, and combined his two hobbies by photographing dolls and speaking to collector groups about how to take better pictures of their dolls.

The Foote family legacy has now entered its third generation through Irving and Iverna’s daughter, Mary Foote. An enthusiastic collector, Mary was initially encouraged by her grandmother, who gave her many dolls as gifts.

Irving Foote passed away in 2004, and at age 94, Iverna has now moved to an assisted-living facility where space to display her treasured dolls is very limited. Mary has chosen some of her parents’ dolls for her own collection, and other Foote family members have selected dolls as mementos. The remainder of the Foote collection will be offered to doll collectors around the world on March 22nd at Morphy’s.

Complementing the Foote family dolls will be an extensive private collection from Europe that reflects the owner’s love of children. The grouping is highlighted by an impressive selection of Kathe Kruse dolls that represents the entire spectrum of Kruse’s career, including wistful Doll I models, smiling “Schlenkerchen,” sleeping and awake “Sand Babies,” and a boxed “Hampelchen.”

Saucy and mischievous googlies abound, representing such makers as Kestner, Heubach, Marseille, K & R, SFBJ and Hertel Schwab. Not to be overlooked is a wide variety of Gebr. Heubach characters that reveal a gamut of emotions, from pouting to laughing; and several elusive SFBJ 252 pouty toddlers. K & R characters are represented by no fewer than 12 different models – with many multiples – including desirable “pouties.” Happy toddlers and babies by various German factories add a touch of idealism to this group.

From Maryland, comes a group of antique dollhouses and miniatures, including a rare Tynietoy farmhouse and a lovely selection of Tynietoy furniture. Other consignments from around the United States bring the auction total to about 700 lots.

For additional information on any lot in the sale, contact Jan Foulke by emailing janfoulke@aol.com.

Morphy’s March 22 Premier Doll Auction will commence at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, with all forms of bidding available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live (www.morphyauctions.com), LiveAuctioneers (www.liveauctioneers.com) or Invaluable (www.invaluable.com).

 

 

Morphy Auctions launches new division specializing in antique and classic cars, motorcycles and other vehicles

 

Morphy Auctions launches new division specializing in antique and classic cars, motorcycles and other vehicles
 
 
  
DENVER, Pa. – Already an established force in the sale of antiques, art and quality collectibles, Morphy Auctions has opened a new division to handle the auction of antique and classic cars, motorcycles and other vintage vehicles.

Dan Morphy, president and founder of Morphy Auctions, said the move into antique and vintage cars was a natural transition. “There’s a tremendous amount of crossover between buyers of antique firearms, toys and advertising – three of our core categories – and those who collect classic cars,” Morphy said. “Many of our consignors have expressed the desire to consign their automobiles and motorcycles with us, and now we have a division dedicated exclusively to handling those consignments.”

“Our first auction will take place on October 11, 2014, after the October Hershey and Carlisle car shows,” Morphy continued. “We’ll be conducting the sale at our Lancaster County auction facility, which is an easy drive from both shows.”

Many of Morphy’s existing employees have a strong interest in cars and motorcycles, however specialists are being hired for the automobile and motorcycle division.

The new division welcomes all motor vehicles of interest to today’s collectors, whether they’re luxury cars of the Art Deco era, trendy muscle cars of the 1960s or classic motorcycles. These sales will follow the Morphy Auctions guideline of offering “fresh to the market” items. Morphy said he is offering “very attractive terms” to potential consignors, and cars are already rolling in.

“Each of our sales will be high-quality, well-produced events,” Morphy said. “Our second auction will be offsite and is scheduled for 2015 in Las Vegas. Going forward, in addition to an annual Pennsylvania-based sale, we will host one remote sale per year, always at a location that car and motorcycle collectors enjoy. As the division continues to grow, so will the number of auctions each year.”

 
For additional information or to discuss consigning an antique or vintage car or motorcycle, call Dan Morphy at 717-335-4569 or email dan@morphyauctions.com

 

Rare Martin Bros. stoneware birds set to take flight at Morphy’s March 8 auction

 
Rare Martin Bros. stoneware birds set to take flight at Morphy’s March 8 auction

 
Also featured: Amphora & other pottery, fine jewelry, firefighting antiques
 
DENVER, Pa. – Two superb Martin Bros. stoneware birds occupy the top roost in Morphy’s Fine & Decorative Arts Auction slated for March 8. Intentionally grotesque and extremely desirable, the fully figural English birds are fashioned as tobacco jars with removable heads. One is dated 1907, while the other is dated 1908. Each is signed “R.W. Martin & Bros.”
 
“Martin Brothers birds have an avid following among ceramics and tobacciana collectors, both here and in the United Kingdom,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy. “To have one of these rare birds in our sale would be exciting enough, but to have two of them to offer to bidders is a very nice bonus.”
 
One of the birds stands 9¼ inches tall and is estimated at $25,000-$35,000. The other, posed as though the head is cocked to the side, is 12½ inches tall and could command $20,000-$30,000. Both are in excellent condition.
 
Dozens of figural humidors will follow the Martin birds. Many are formed as character heads or animals. Some will be of interest to black Americana collectors, as well.
 
Two outstanding collections of pottery will be auctioned. One of the collections contains fine examples of Amphora, including a 14-inch Dragon vase, $12,000-$15,000; and a Paris Expo 1900 frog vase, $4,000-$6,000. A 15¼-inch monumental Paul Dachsel-designed Blue Mushroom vase has a motif of soaring white birch trees with mushrooms circling the base.
 
The second collection consists primarily of Roseville and includes a number of unusual forms, from a Futura Blue Balloon vase to an array of wall pockets.
 
Many other potteries are represented, including Rookwood, Weller, Royal Doulton, Hampshire and Teco. A special entry is a 7½-inch artist-signed Newcomb College Moon & Trees vase, which is estimated at $4,000-$5,000.
 
An excellent selection of fine jewelry includes many distinctive rings set with diamonds, emeralds and rubies. Also, there are several Cartier timepieces, led by a ladies 10K gold watch with a diamond border surrounding the face. Estimate: $2,500-$3,500. A gentleman’s 14K white gold Vacheron & Constantin watch is expected to make $3,000-$5,000.
 
A mixed grouping of Americana contains several standout lots, such as an antique 10-gallon stoneware crock from Jas. Hamilton & Co., of Greensboro, Pa. A handsome vessel decorated in a blue floral pattern, it is in “virtually untouched condition,” Morphy said. Its estimate is $6,000-$10,000.
 
Early firefighting equipment includes buckets, leather helmets, badges, a Boston fireman’s “speaking trumpet,” a 1794 fire mark, and several lanterns. An antique New England fire engine lamp marked “Roxy” and “Six” is in excellent condition and estimated at $7,000-$10,000.
 
Morphy’s March 8 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. All forms of bidding will be available, including live online through Morphy Auctions (www.morphyauctions.com), LiveAuctioneers or Invaluable. For additional information on any item in the sale, call 717-335-3435 or email serena@morphyauctions.com.
 

‘Flying Spaceman’ on motorcycle summons superpowers to land in top slot at Morphy’s Feb. 15 Toy Auction

‘Flying Spaceman’ on motorcycle summons superpowers to land in top slot at Morphy’s Feb. 15 Toy Auction 
 

DENVER, Pa. – An exceptional boxed example of a Bandai 12-inch “Flying Spaceman” took a wild ride on February 15th at Morphy’s before settling at $55,200 – more than three times its high estimate. Described in the Toy Auction catalog as being “possibly the best known example,” the crisp and colorful Japanese tin-litho motorcycle toy features a vinyl-caped hard-rubber “Superman” rider with a large tin “S” insignia on its chest.

“This particular toy was new/old stock with its original box and was found in a toy store in Japan. It’s very uncommon to find a Flying Spaceman in such nice condition, especially with the Superman shield still intact,” said Morphy Auctions’ owner, Dan Morphy. “There was a lot of interest in the toy prior to our sale, and it didn’t surprise me that it went for as much money as it did.”

Robots and space toys were strong across the board, Morphy said, with interest from around the world. “I’ve never seen online bidding as active as it was for this sale. From start to finish, there were at least 300 bidders on the Internet at any given time.” The auction grossed $996,000 (all prices quoted in this report are inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium).

Although only 8 inches in height, a beautiful Kanto tin wind-up “Television Robot” was the object of fierce bidding competition and commanded a price that one might expect of a rare and imposing Gang of Five robot. Together with its richly illustrated factory box, the near-mint extraterrestrial had been entered in the sale with a $15,000-$25,000 estimate. Collectors chased the fine example to $32,400.

Other robot highlights included a boxed tin-litho “Inter Planet Space Captain,” $19,800 against an estimate of $2,000-$4,000; and two boxed robots that each made $8,400: a Masudaya “Mighty 8 Robot,” and a Yonezawa tin-litho and painted-tin crank-wind “Astro Scout.” Space guns, which have their own dedicated following amongst sci fi collectors, were led by a boxed Hiller “Atomic Ray Gun,” $3,000 (est. $400-$600) and a boxed Yonezawa battery-operated “Electro Ray-Gun,” $2,280 (est. $100-$300).

A 6-inch Ohio Art sand pail charmed bidders with its early, colorful lithographed image of Minnie Mouse paddling a canoe, along with companions Mickey Mouse and Pluto. Estimated at a modest $200-$400, it outperformed all other Disney toys in reaching a final bid of $4,200.

Cast-iron mechanical banks were in high demand, with a near-mint-plus example of an Artillery Target bank, complete with cannonballs, at the forefront. Although the manufacturer of this particular bank is not known, its designer was Samuel Clark of Brooklyn, New York, and its patent dates to 1877. Against an estimate of $18,000-$25,000, it hit the bull’s-eye at $51,600.

Following closely behind was an 1878 J. & E. Stevens Patronize the Blind Man and His Dog bank. One of the nicest of all known examples, it more than doubled its high estimate to realize $50,400.

Other banks in the day’s top 10 included: an 1891 J. & E. Stevens Cat and Mouse, $26,400; an 1884 Kyser & Rex Mammy & Child (rare color variation), $19,200; and an 1878 Pelican with Rabbit made by Trenton Lock and Hardware Co., $15,600.

“I was very pleased with the results,” said Morphy’s owner, Dan Morphy. “There was an atmosphere of enthusiasm throughout the sale, and many new bidders took part from around the world. Ask any auctioneer and they’ll tell you there’s nothing like new blood to liven up a market. If this sale is any indication of what’s to come, 2014 is going to be a very exciting year for us and for the toy hobby.”

To contact Morphy Auctions, tel. 717-335-3435 or email serena@morphyauctions.com. Online: www.morphyauctions.com.

 

 

 

Morphy’s to move all auctions, including weekly sales, to Sat./Sun. timeslots

Morphy’s to move all auctions, including weekly sales, to Sat./Sun. timeslots 
 
DENVER, Pa. – In response to numerous requests, Morphy’s is moving all of its auctions to weekend timeslots. The first of the company’s sales to make the changeover will be Morphy’s Weekly Auctions. Previously held on Tuesdays, they will now be conducted on Sundays, starting with the March 23 Advertising & Toy Auction.
 
“Our Weekly Auctions held on Tuesdays have been extremely popular with collectors, but many of our regular buyers have told us they would love to bid in these sales but can’t, primarily because of work commitments,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy. “Moving the Weekly Auctions to Sundays will open the playing field and enable many more bidders to take part.”
 
Ordinarily, Morphy’s conducts one Weekly Auction per month for each of the following categories: Toys, General Antiques, and Advertising & Toys. The auctions include items that may have missed a consignment deadline for one of Morphy’s Premier or Specialty Auctions. In other cases, consignments may represent antiques or collectibles that their owners prefer to sell quickly rather than waiting for the next major auction.
 
As for Morphy’s Premier and Specialty sales, they will be held exclusively on Saturdays and Sundays, starting with the April 26-27 Advertising & Coin-Op Auction.
 
“All one-day Specialty and Premier sales will continue to be Saturday events, but any two-day Premier sales, which traditionally have been held over a Friday and Saturday, will now be scheduled as Saturday/Sunday auctions,” said Morphy. “We’re eliminating all weekday sales completely.” 
 
No change will be made to Morphy’s standard 9 a.m. start time. Also, all auctions will continue to offer multiple forms of bidding, including live in the gallery, by phone, absentee, or live via the Internet through Morphy Live, Invaluable or LiveAuctioneers.
 
For additional information, call 717-335-3435 or email serena@morphyauctions.com. Visit Morphy’s online at www.morphyauctions.com.
 

Morphy’s Feb. 21-22 Advertising Auction introduces world-renowned David Silverman collection of pinball machines

 
Morphy’s Feb. 21-22 Advertising Auction introduces world-renowned David Silverman collection of pinball machines

 
 Featured: Tobacciana, chewing gum & soda pop advertising including 500 Coca-Cola lots
 
DENVER, Pa. – Dazzling colors, flashing lights and clanging bells will provide the soundtrack for Morphy Auctions’ Feb. 21-22 auction featuring Part I of the David Silverman collection of vintage pinball machines. The 1,300-lot auction will include 75 machines from the 35-year Silverman collection, which is considered one of the largest and most exciting pinball groupings ever amassed.
 
“David Silverman founded the National Pinball Museum, originally located in Washington, DC. All of the machines we will be auctioning in a series of sales, starting with this one, come directly from David’s collection, which were on view in the museum,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy.
 
Some of the highlights within the introductory grouping include Lot 13, a 1950 Gottlieb Bank A Ball, with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate; Lot15, a Gottlieb Sittin Pretty, $2,500-$3,000; Lot 17, a Gottlieb Knock-Out, $3,000-$5,000; and Lot 66, a Bally Revenge From Mars, $3,000-$3,500.
 
The auction moves from pinballs to 70 lots of automobilia. Some of the highlights include a collection of more than 15 vintage gas pumps. The lineup includes Lot 159, a Bennett Model 150 $1,800-$2,500; and two designs by Wayne: Lot 162, a Model No. 60, $2,000-$3,000; and Lot 163, a No. 60 computing pump, also $2,000-$3,000.
 
A fine selection of tobacciana will follow, with highlights including Lot 199, a Safety Brand Cigar label $800-$1,200; Lot 203, a Big Run Good Luck Cigar label, $1,000-$1,500; and Lot 281, a Jack Rose paper poster, $1,500-$2,500. Lot 295, a celluloid sign advertising Ditto Cigars, is expected to make $1,200-$2,200, while Lot 303, a Recruit Cigars porcelain door push, is entered with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate. Lot 305, a window display for Lucky Strike, is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Metal tobacco containers are led by Lot 318, a Dunnsboro Tobacco tin, $1,200-$1,800; Lot 321, a Mohawk Chief Cigar can, $1,000-$2,000; and Lot 353, a North Pole Tobacco tin, $800-$1,400.
 
For “chewsy” collectors there will be approximately 30 early gum-related lots. Top entries include Lot 387, an Adams Pepsin Gum die-cut, $800-$1,500; Lot 380, a Beech-Nut Gum display, $1,500-$2,500; and the star of the group, Lot 386, a rare circa-1900 Star Pepsin Gum machine, $10,000-$15,000.
 
The Friday session concludes with a variety of antique advertising items covering many consumer categories. Lot 494, a Graphite Paint poster, features a colorful Uncle Sam image and could reach $2,000-$4,000. Lot 495, a poster for American Rubbers, carries a $1,000-$1,500 estimate. Lot 507, a Butter Krust Bread embossed tin sign, could realize $4,000-$6,000. Also of embossed tin, Lot 534, advertising Kabo Corsets, is estimated at $2,000-$4,000. Other prized items include Lot 554, an 1880s Baker Cocoa Tin sign, $2,000-$4,000; Lot 580, an International Paints porcelain sign, $3,000-$4,000; and Lot 627, a very early wood sign touting “Brown Wagons.” It is cataloged with a $4,000-$6,000 estimate.
 
Saturday’s session begins with more than 50 barber shop-related items. Some of the key pieces include Lot 711, an antique occupational shaving mug emblazoned with an automobile, $1,000-$2,000; Lot 718, a shipbuilders shaving mug, $600-$1,000; Lot 745, an early wood barber pole, $1,000-$1,500; and Lot 746, a Koken barber chair, $1,500-$2,500.
 
Much of Saturday’s activity is devoted to 500+ Coca-Cola lots. The list of highlights is impressive and includes: Lot 835, a 1905 Coca-Cola serving tray, $3,000-$4,000; Lot 884, a 1901 Coca-Cola calendar, $10,000-$15,000; Lot 885, a 1902 calendar top, $12,000-$18,000; Lot 890, a 1913 Coca-Cola calendar top, $10,000-$15,000; and Lot 904, a 1930s Coca-Cola Brunhoff illuminating sign, $10,000-$15,000. Lot 905, a 1908 Coca-Cola poster carries the highest estimate among the Coke collectibles at $18,000-$25,000. Other noteworthy items include: Lot 923, a 1905 Coca-Cola cardboard sign, $3,000-$5,000; Lot 923, a 1937 Coca-Cola window display, $3,500-$6,000; Lot 956, a 1927 Coca-Cola “leaves” festoon, $5,000-$8,000; and Lot 967, a 1903 Coca-Cola tin sign, $10,000-$15,000.
 
Many other brands of soda pop are represented in the sale. The selection includes Lot 1093, a Pepsi celluloid pin-back, $3,000-$5,000; Lot 1109, an Orange Crush Rockwell sign, $1,500-$2,500; and Lot 1115, a Lime Crush cardboard sign, $2,000-$3,000. A Whistle Masonite clock, entered as Lot 1257, is a cheerful timekeeper with a $2,000-$3,000 estimate, while Lot 1311, a Wineberry syrup dispenser is a sweet choice at $10,000-$15,000. An Allen’s Red Tame Cherry tin die-cut sign concludes the list at $6,000-$9,000.
 
For additional information on any item in Morphy’s Feb. 21-22, 2014 Advertising Auction, call 717-335-3435 or email serena@morphyauctions.com. The sale will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. All forms of bidding will be available. Preview the online catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live online as the auction is taking place through Morphy Live (www.morphyauctions.com), Invaluable.com or LiveAuctioneers.com.