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Morphy’s April 26-27 auction presents iconic American advertising, from soft drinks and cars to tobacco and other vicesSubmitted by admin on Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:25
Also featured: coin-ops, figural cast iron and Part II of Silverman pinball collection
Famed Parks Birdstone announced as headliner of Morphy’s May 17 Prehistoric American Artifact AuctionSubmitted by admin on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:40
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; email@example.com.
Submitted by admin on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 14:35
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.”
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.
Submitted by admin on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 13:00
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by admin on Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:22
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 email@example.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 vehiclesSubmitted by admin on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 13:17
Morphy Auctions launches new division specializing in antique and classic cars, motorcycles and other 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.”
Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 09:14
‘Flying Spaceman’ on motorcycle summons superpowers to land in top slot at Morphy’s Feb. 15 Toy AuctionSubmitted by admin on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 18:40
‘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.”
Submitted by admin on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 10:00
Morphy’s to move all auctions, including weekly sales, to Sat./Sun. timeslots
Morphy’s Feb. 21-22 Advertising Auction introduces world-renowned David Silverman collection of pinball machinesSubmitted by admin on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 14:40