Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
Denver, PA, United States
DoneSat, Sep 22, 2012 1:00 PM GMT
MORPHY AUCTIONS Sat. Sept 22, 2012 Auction
The Adolf Grenke Breweriana Collection, September 21 - September 22, 2012 This premier 40-year collection of beer cans, signs, taps could bring well over $1 million. Dan Morphy, CEO of Morphy Auctions, has confirmed that the renowned Adolf Grenke breweriana collection will be auctioned in its entirety at the Morphys gallery on Sept. 21-22, 2012. No other consignments will be added. The entire two-day sale will be devoted exclusively to this outstanding single-owner collection, which we anticipate will bring well over a million dollars, said Morphy. Amassed over a period of more than 40 years, the Grenke collection includes as many as 500 highly collectible vintage beer cans. The can collection is regarded as one of the finest collections of its kind ever assembled, with some of the cans expected to sell for $20,000 to $60,000 each. The collection also includes over 400 beer taps with many expected to realize more than $1,000 each and a bevy of colorful advertising signs. Highlights include over 50 Gillco glass light-up signs, and two examples of late-19th-century Anheuser-Busch signs of such rarity that they are not even represented in the famed St. Louis brewerys archive. What makes the Grenke collection so exciting as a whole is its condition. Mr. Grenke always adhered to very strict buying guidelines. He bought only items that were in near-mint-plus condition or better. Even when something extremely rare was offered to him, he would pass if it did not satisfy his standards for condition, said Morphy. Because of the importance of the Grenke collection, Morphy has enlisted the services of two noted specialists to handle the grading and description of its contents...