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Denver, PA, United States
DoneSat, Jul 17, 2010 2:00 PM GMT

July 17 2010 Morphy Auctions Saturday Session

The Saturday, July 17 session opens with more than 125 high-end advertising lots. A parade of pretty girls from the turn of the 20th century includes the fabled model Hilda Clark on a near-mint 1903 Coca-Cola tray; and a beauty sipping Dr. Pepper from a glass as the central image of a near-mint-plus, late-19th-century cardboard sign (estimate $10,000-$15,000). Additional soft drink advertising includes a number of large near-mint-plus cardboard signs from the 1930s and 1940s touting Coca-Cola. Among them is a 1940s example with the image of a girl lying on the beach ($3,000-$5,000). An early Lawrence Paint Company porcelain sign emblazoned with a tigers head is expected to leap to a winning bid of $2,000-$4,000; while an oval tin sign for Robert Smith Ale, Philadelphia, with a Bengal tigers head emerging through it, will require $5,000-$7,000 in order to be tamed. In the tobacciana section, a large Mayo Cut Plug Tobacco porcelain sign with a rooster image could reach $4,000-$6,000. Smaller but no less desirable, a Hi-Ho Tobacco pocket tin with a wonderful image of scullers rowing also carries a $4,000-$6,000 estimate. More than 200 tin toy lots, many from the Michael OHearn collection, will be auctioned on day two of the sale. Included are near-mint Marx Amos & Andy walkers with two boxes ($2,000-$3,000), a Marx Ring-a-Ling Circus windup toy with original box ($1,500-$2,000) and a rare boxed Hootin Hollow Haunted House ($1,000-$1,500), which holds crossover appeal with Halloween collectors. Over 100 pressed-steel toys and pedal cars will be offered, many of them from the OHearn collection. A toy Packard sedan estimated at $2,000-$3,000 is one of the many coveted examples that will cross the auction block. Many of the pedal cars were custom made and unusual, said Morphy. An Indian Carnival pedal car is estimated at $6,000-$8,000;