Skip to content
Chevrolet ‘OK’ single-sided porcelain neon sign, estimated at $250-$25,000 at Check The Oil Promotions June 22.

1950s Chevrolet ‘OK’ Used Cars Single-sided Porcelain Neon Sign leads our five lots to watch

1950s Chevrolet ‘OK’ Used Cars Single-sided Porcelain Neon Sign

MASSILON, OH – Beginning in the 1920s, the Chevrolet division of General Motors began using a stylized ‘OK’ script sign to market dealers’ used car inventories. The ‘OK’ branding ensured all used cars were ‘six ways better’:

  1. Thoroughly Inspected
  2. Reconditioned for Safety
  3. Reconditioned for Performance
  4. Reconditioned for Value
  5. Honestly Described
  6. Warranted in Writing

The ‘OK’ symbol was used well into the 1970s, when it was finally replaced by ‘GM Certified.’ Check The Oil Promotions has a 1950s-era single-sided porcelain ‘OK’ neon sign measuring 24in in diameter in its Saturday, June 22 Annual CTO Premium Petroliana & Advertising sale. With fully operational neon and still bearing its Ohio Thermometer Company Neon Division badge, the lot is already garnering bids ahead of sale day. It carries a wide-ranging estimate of $250-$25,000.

1953 Inscribed Presentation First Edition of the Debut James Bond Novel, ‘Casino Royale’

Inscribed 1953 presentation first edition of the debut James Bond novel ‘Casino Royale’, estimated at £30,000-£50,000 ($38,000-$64,000) at Lyon & Turnbull June 19.
Inscribed 1953 presentation first edition of the debut James Bond novel ‘Casino Royale’, estimated at £30,000-£50,000 ($38,000-$64,000) at Lyon & Turnbull June 19.

EDINBURGH, UK – Lyon & Turnbull’s Wednesday, June 19 sale of Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps & Photographs is led by a fine presentation first edition of the inaugural James Bond novel.

The 1953 copy of Casino Royale, complete with the first-issue dust jacket, is inscribed on the front free endpaper ‘To I. S. M., who’s staunch keeping of the night watches freed the author for this extra-mural opus, Ian Fleming, April 1953′.

Ion Smeaton Munro (1883-1970) was Fleming’s night editor at Kemsley Newspapers, owner of the Sunday Times of London, where he worked as foreign manager after demobilization from the military in 1945. With Monro’s help, Fleming negotiated a contract that allowed him three months’ holiday a year, which he spent at his Jamaican retreat, Goldeneye, developing his writing career. 

Monro was himself a soldier-adventurer much in the mold of the fictional Bond, and he wrote two books about his experiences in Italy during the Second World War. A copy of a letter of thanks written by Fleming to Munro on Munro’s departure from Kemsley Newspapers is included with the lot, which is estimated at £30,000-£50,000 ($38,000-$64,000).

Tunic from the Wari Culture, Dating to Between the 7th-9th Centuries

A tunic from the Wari culture in what is now Peru, dating to between the 7th and 9th centuries AD, estimated at $20,000-$40,000 at Material Culture June 18.
A tunic from the since-disappeared Wari culture in what is now Peru, dating to between the 7th and 9th centuries AD, estimated at $20,000-$40,000 at Material Culture June 18.

PHILADELPHIA – Material Culture’s Fine Rugs, Kilims and Trappings two-day sale on Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18 features an ancient Peruvian tunic created for a high-status individual.

From the lost Wari culture that inhabited Peru in the 7th to 9th centuries AD, the tunic features a wine-colored ground split by two prominent design stripes, each showing repeated serial images of twin interlocking stepped latch hooks. This is accompanied by profile warrior heads wearing simple caps displaying faces in the Wari style, featuring a split eye, a square nose, and a deep, prominent mouth. These two motifs are shown in the same form in 80 boxes.

A tour de force of textile fabrication, the tunic conveys the wearer’s exceptional nature. Despite some damage, it is well-mounted, and the colors remain fresh and vibrant. It is estimated at $20,000-$40,000.

Irish Belleek Thorn Pattern Tea Set

First Period Belleek tea set in the Thorn pattern, estimated at $2,000-$3,000 at Woody Auctions June 22.
First Period Belleek tea set in the Thorn pattern, estimated at $2,000-$3,000 at Woody Auctions June 22.

DOUGLASS, KS – This Belleek tea set, with its spider webs and hawthorn branches, represents the Irish factory in County Fermanagh at its Aesthetic Movement best.

The design, properly known as the Thorn pattern, was made in a number of colorways during the so-called First Period of production (1863-1891). Described by Woody Auction as ‘one of the finest Belleek tea sets we have ever sold’, it has an estimate of $2,000-$3,000 as part of the Saturday, June 22 sale titled Online Only Belleek & Much More!

Thomas Sanchez’ ‘On Marriage’, 1624 Edition

1624 edition of ‘On Marriage’ by Thomas Sanchez, estimated at $950-$2,000 at Schlib Antiquarian Rare Books June 23.
1624 edition of ‘On Marriage’ by Thomas Sanchez, estimated at $950-$2,000 at Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books June 23.

COLUMBIA, MO – Originally released in 1602, On Marriage was the work of Thomas Sanchez (1550-1610), a theologian and Jesuit who sought to establish that matrimonial law was separate and distinct from general contract law.

Unfortunately, Sanchez went far into the weeds of his subject matter – so much so that it became filled with all sorts of sex-related taboo topics and was placed on the Index, a notorious list of prohibited books maintained by the Vatican.

Schilb Antiquarian Rare Books has a 1624 edition of Sanchez’ book as a featured lot in its Rare Books With No Reserve sale scheduled for Sunday, June 23. The two-volume set is estimated at $950-$2,000.