THIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED TWO-DAY AUCTION IS THE LAST OF FOUR MORPHY’S AUCTIONS FEATURING THE NOW LEGENDARY KYLE MOORE COLLECTION. THIS AUCTION ALSO FEATURES COLLECTIONS FROM ALVIN MIELKE AND THE ESTATE OF CRAIG STATER.
Morphy Auctions is geared up to announce this 1,550-lot sale to be held on July 23rd-24th, 2016. This auction is the final Moore sale; the previous three together have produced several world records and have generated over $12.5 million to date! All lots from this July event are on display in Morphy’s Pennsylvania auction gallery and available for preview now.
All signs suggest enthusiasts will have a hard time choosing their favorites among this sale’s remarkable assembly of breathtaking and highly desirable vintage automobilia and petroliana advertising signage. Examples promoting national, regional, as well as long-gone brands are all available. Several highlights will generate animal instincts among bidders. Bird’s the word with lots #1080, a Polly Gas iconic parrot diecut sign, estimated at $60,000-90,000, and #364, a Sinclair Productos with rooster logo porcelain sign, estimated at $8,000-12,000. Both have excellent gloss and color. Lot #939, two diecut Bear Aligning Axle and Frame Service signs could portend a bull market with their $10,000-20,000 estimate. And lot #336, a Mobil Pegasus Cookie Cutter sign from 1960, estimated at $4,000-6,000, is certain to take flight.
Other sign highlights include a full spectrum of eye-candy imagery. It’s heads up for lots #500, a Red Hat Motor Oil Gasoline logo porcelain sign, estimated at $15,000-30,000, and lot #210, a Kelly Tires “Lotta Miles” porcelain sign, estimated at $60,000-80,000. Both feature attractive headwear as a central feature in their designs. Lot #3, a Packard Genuine Parts Logo diecut sign, estimated at $25,000-40,000, is the real deal. Things are twice as nice with lot #403, a Case Implements two-piece porcelain sign, estimated at $15,000-20,000. And good things come in small packages with lot #940, a 10” diameter Smith-o-Lene Aviation brand gasoline sign, estimated at $8,000-15,000.
It’s can do with with this sale’s remarkable selections of vintage oil cans. Collector’s will strike black gold with lot #109, a Sinclair Opaline Motor Oil one gallon can, estimated at $2,000-4,000, and lot #262, a Silent Chief Motor Oil quart can, estimated at $1,500-3,000. And lots #999, a Golden Flash Motor Oil two gallon can and #1,000, a Lor-Penn Motor Oil two gallon can, may grease the wheels of competitive bidding. Both are estimated at $1,000-2,000.
Enthusiasts are certain to get pumped up over this auction’s great offering of collectible and desirable pumps. It makes cents that lot #122, a Starkley #C coin operated 10 gallon visible pump, is a highlight in this category. This hard to find gas pump with a good glass cylinder has been beautifully and professionally restored. It is estimated at $10,000-20,000.
It’s time to focus on this sale’s world-class selections of lenses and globes. Of chief interest are lots #1171, Tioga Gasoline logo globe lenses in their original yellow globe body, estimated at $7,500-15,000, and #1055, an Indian Gasoline with Running Indian logo OPE globe, estimated at $10,000-20,000. Lot #163, Ben Franklin Premium logo lenses in their original copper screw base gill globe body could make history with their $10,000-15,000 estimate. And lots #1462, Red Head Gasoline lenses in their original metal globe body, estimated at $5,000-10,000, and #164, Red Hat Motor Oil Gasoline globe lenses in a HP metal body, estimated at $8,000-12,000, are head-turners as well.
Other wildly popular highlights in this category include lot #621, United Products pheasant logo’ed globe lenses in a new Capco globe body (estimated at $8,000-12,000); lot #622, a Bengal Green Gasoline single globe lens in a HP metal body (estimated at $10,000-20,000); and lot #262, a Bruinoil single globe lens in a HP metal body, also estimated at $10,000-20,000. The sky’s the limit with lots #623, an Aircraft Gasoline single globe lens in a HP metal body, estimated at $15,000-20,000, and #1054, a Rainbow Gasoline motor oil single globe lens in a HP metal body, estimated at $20,000-30,000. And lot #800, Independent Gasoline globe lenses in a new HP metal globe body, are truly in a class by themselves. They are estimated at $10,000-30,000.
For those who prefer to go it alone, this sale offers several fine single globe lenses without bodies. These include lot #299, a High Hat Gasoline single globe lens (estimated at $15,000-25,000); lot #1342, a Home Oil Co. Gasoline single lens (estimated at $10,000-20,000); and lot #1462, a Gilmore Blu-Green Gasoline single globe lens, estimated at $8,000-12,000.
According to Dan Matthews, Division Head of Petroliana/Automobilia at Morphy Auctions shares, “This final sale featuring the legendary Kyle Moore collection again tempts enthusiasts with some of the world’s finest gas, oil, and automobile related lenses, globes, signs, pumps, and cans. The universal appeal of this collection is evident in the huge following these sales have generated over the past three events. We have in part saved the best of the collection for this last event, so be prepared for some once in a lifetime collecting opportunities. I look forward to welcoming everyone to our Denver gallery in July for this outstanding sale!”
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