Six-figure results for petroliana advertising graced day 3 at Richmond

Cougar Gasoline six-foot double-sided porcelain sign, which sold for $160,000 ($192,000 with buyer’s premium) at Richmond.

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Richmond Auctions saved the best for the last day of its February 1-3 Premier Advertising Sale. Featuring the Jay Barkheimer collection, the sale included petroliana, automobilia, soda advertising, and country store and farm-related marketing materials. In all, more than 1,350 lots went to auction, with numerous items hitting six figures. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

The sale’s top lot was a virtually unheard-of Cougar Gasoline six-foot double-sided porcelain sign in new-old stock condition. Accompanied by its original shipping box labeled for Southwestern Porcelain, Inc. of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, the sign was never mounted and simply stored away until it landed in the Barkheimer collection. Cougar is a so-called ‘lost’ brand, with very few artifacts remaining. Bidders jumped at the chance to own the sign, with bidding opening at $100 and immediately accelerating to $30,000. The hammer fell at $160,000 ($192,000 with buyer’s premium), resulting in a likely record for this example.

Having been founded by Henry Ford in 1903, the Ford Motor Company celebrated its 50th anniversary with Golden Jubilee-related items, including a revamped logo which, for a time, overtook the classic Ford script. This single-sided porcelain and neon Golden Jubilee sign stands eight feet in height and is in remarkably good condition for a piece that had been in use since 1953. Once again, bidding jumped from $100 to $42,500 in short order before ending at $145,000 ($174,000 with buyer’s premium).

This outstanding Chevrolet ‘Super Service’ and Buick ‘Valve In Head’ double-sided porcelain neon sign once called Taylor Motor Company of Taylor, Texas home before landing in the Barkheimer collection. It hammered for $145,000 ($168,000 with buyer’s premium).

In completely original condition, including paint and porcelain, was a Cities Service (today’s Citgo) Koolmotor Oil double-sided cast-iron and porcelain ‘kite’ curb sign. More than three dozen escalating bids took the sign to a phenomenal $130,000 ($156,000 with buyer’s premium).

The final exceptional performer from Day 3 was a single-sided 42in porcelain Kelly Tires sign featuring its flapper-era character Lotta Miles. Originally made by Reliance Advertising Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the porcelain had been refitted into a new ring. It hammered for $100,000 ($120,000 with buyer’s premium).

World records tumbled at Morphy’s $8.1M petroliana auction featuring Knudsen collection

The top lot of the three-day sale was this stunning and rare Wasatch Gasoline 48-inch-diameter porcelain service station sign, which sold for $324,000 against an estimate of $75,000-$150,000. New world-record auction price

 DENVER, Pa. – The energy was palpable at Morphy’s March 21-23 Automobilia, Petroliana & Railroadiana Auction featuring Part II of the incomparable Bobby Knudsen Jr. gas and oil advertising collection. Aggressive bidding sent prices to the Moon, with the four top sellers knocking down nearly $1.1 million. The three-day event containing 1,600 lots from the Knudsen collection plus other select consignments, chalked up a grand total of more than $8.1 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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1963 Corvette will send Miller & Miller bidders into a rev-erie Dec. 3

1963 Corvette split window coupe, purchased in 1983 and stored in a dry heated garage ever since, estimated at CA$40,000-$60,000
1963 Corvette split window coupe, purchased in 1983 and stored in a dry heated garage ever since, estimated at CA$40,000-$60,000
1963 Corvette split window coupe, purchased in 1983 and stored in a dry heated garage ever since, estimated at CA$40,000-$60,000

NEW HAMBURG, Canada – The Chevrolet brand will take center stage in an online-only Automobiles, Advertising & Toys auction planned for Saturday, December 3 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., as a 1963 Corvette split window coupe and a Chevrolet Super Service dealer neon sign are the expected top lots. The auction will begin promptly at 9 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. All estimates quoted are in Canadian dollars.

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Morphy’s to roll out top-notch automobilia, petroliana & railway rarities, Oct. 3-4

DENVER, Pa. – An exciting array of antique and vintage automobilia, petroliana and railroadiana is revved up and ready to power across the auction block at Morphy’s Sunday/Monday, October 3 and 4 sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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AOK May 22 auction features diamonds, estate property from famed DC restaurateur

Pasha de Cartier ladies watch, 35mm, 18K rose gold case, mechanical movement with automatic winding. Comes with original Cartier box and paperwork. Provenance: Estate of Kelli I. Martin. Estimate $18,000-$30,000

DAMASCUS, Va. – If walls could talk, Martin’s Tavern in Washington, DC, would be a never-ending source of tantalizing political back stories that never made it into print. Since 1933, the beloved Georgetown restaurant has been a favorite of presidents, the press corps, sports legends and visiting dignitaries. Under the watchful eye of successive generations of the Martin family, each president from Truman through George W Bush was escorted to their favorite booth or table where, on a number of occasions, history was made. It was at Martin’s Tavern that Congressman John F Kennedy proposed to future first lady Jacqueline Bouvier. LBJ was known to discuss pending legislation there with his closest advisers, and there is evidence to suggest that spies consorted at the establishment in the 1930s and ‘40s.

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