Morphy returns to Las Vegas April 11-13 with coin-ops and vintage advertising

Caille musical triple Eclipse, serial number 121, estimated at $150,000-$300,000 at Morphy.

DENVER, Penn. — A century ago, coin-operated machines could be found everywhere, ready to entertain, dispense a treat, tell a fortune, or offer patrons a chance to win a jackpot. They return to Las Vegas Thursday, April 11, Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13 in Morphy Auctions‘ latest coin-op and vintage advertising sale. The 1,919-lot auction is now available for review and bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The sale’s top-estimated lot is a highly sought-after Caille Bros. Musical Triple Eclipse upright slot machine with a design that incorporates three separate machines — accepting 5¢, 50¢, and 5¢, respectively — in one stunning oak cabinet. Made between 1902 and 1904, it is marked with serial no. 121, confirming it is the earliest of only four extant examples of this model. The estimate is set at $150,000-$300,000.

A circa-1930 Fair-Weigh golf scale made by Colonial Golf Scale Co. is believed to be one of only three machines of its type still in existence. When a penny is inserted, the machine displays the patron’s weight and allows them to play a complex golf game by means of an internal golf club operated by a knob. With provenance from the collection of Bill Howard, it is estimated at $15,000-$30,000.

An Amusement Machine Co. 1¢ floor model game represents the 1927 World Series, which pitted the Pittsburgh Pirates against the ultimately victorious New York Yankees. The machine is unrestored, with original cast-iron figures of the umpire and players and an original cardboard grandstand. Made between 1929 and 1931, the machine is estimated at $40,000-$70,000.

A circa-1952 black ‘Lu-Cat’ machine combines a trade stimulator with a gumball-vending feature. Its action begins when a nickel is inserted and the painted-aluminum feline’s tail is pulled. Fewer than a dozen ‘Lu-Cats’ are believed to exist, and of those, this is the only 5¢ version known. It is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.

This circa-1920 Mr. Peanut cast-iron roaster-dispenser was made as a point-of-sale display for Planters Peanut Co. By means of an electric motor, a top-hatted, three-dimensional Mr. Peanut figure ‘operates’ the machine. One of very few of its type known to exist, it stands 89in tall and is in impeccable restored condition. It is estimated at $30,000-$60,000.

Antique advertising signs are led by a stained- and leaded-glass trade sign for S & S Shoes (Schauder’s Shoe Store, Rhinelander, Wis.), a firm that was established in 1890. Measuring a sizable 41 by 25 by 12in, the sign illuminates. Morphy’s experts have never seen another example of its type, and have estimated it at $40,000-$80,000.

All roads led to Vegas for Morphy’s $4.26M Automobilia and Petroliana Auction

LAS VEGAS – Morphy Auctions realized an amazing $4.26 million in sales for its Automobilia, Petroliana & Railroadiana Auction, held on February 24 and February 25. The 1,247-lot sale was conducted at its West Coast satellite gallery. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers. All prices include buyer’s premium.

The rainbow array of neon signage was led by a Polly Gas porcelain sign that illuminated in three colors. The 96in-long sign had never been removed from its original can. In the end, pretty Polly flew off to a new owner who paid $138,000 against an estimate of $60,000-$100,000.

Another sought-after highlight was an outstanding Mohawk Gasoline porcelain neon sign designed in a cathedral shape with an American Indian brave shown in profile. It sold for $105,000 against an estimate of $30,000-$60,000.

A double-sided porcelain neon sign for GMC Trucks, complete with its bullnose attachment, hammered for $56,580 against an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.

Another dealership sign that found favor was an outstanding Ford script three-dimensional neon sign. Its only message was ‘Ford’, and that’s all it had to say at a massive 111 inches wide by 42 inches high. It hit the road for $41,820 against an estimate of $15,000-$30,000.

In the non-neon group, success had been predicted for a Frontier Gas ‘Rarin’ To Go’ double-sided porcelain sign with the widely recognizable Golden Rider cowboy graphic. The 60in sign sold at the midpoint of its estimate for $60,000.

After the blockbuster sale closed its books, Dan Morphy said: “Las Vegas is really proving to be the hotspot for our antique advertising, coin-op and petroliana auctions. People enjoy attending those sales and they like coming to Las Vegas, where there’s so much to do.”

Star Wars figures, sports cards and antique toys landed in the top 10 at Morphy

DENVER, Penn. — Toys and banks of a century ago joined contemporary pop-culture classics at the head of the Toys & Collectibles sale held February 14-16 at Morphy Auctions. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

The leading lot of the sale was a group of five scarce Spanish carded Star Wars figures from Kenner’s Empire Strikes Back series. “The more unusual, the better collectors like them,” said Tommy Sage Jr., head of Morphy’s toy division. “That includes any Star Wars figures that are of foreign manufacture.” The lot consisted of the characters Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Denjar, and two favorites identified by their Spanish names: ‘Luke Caminacielos’ (Luke Skywalker) and ‘Erredos-de-Dos’ (R2-D2). All of the figures were in VG condition and sealed in plastic on their original cards. The group lot was bid to $11,000 ($13,530 with buyer’s premium), more than 22 times its high estimate of $600.

Of the individual figures offered, the one attracting the most interest was a 1979 Kenner Star Wars Boba Fett 21 Back-C action figure in mint condition, encapsulated in a new-style case. The silent and mysterious Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett is one of the most captivating of all the characters in the vast Star Wars universe. AFA graded 80, the figure offered by Morphy’s sold for a strong $6,500 ($7,995 with buyer’s premium).

Another outer space dweller, an Alps battery-operated Missile Robot, strode across the auction block in outstanding – possibly unused – condition. The 15in missile-shooting robot came with its original pictorial box and factory cardboard inserts. Against a $3,000-$6,000 estimate, the lot commanded $9,500 ($11,685 with buyer’s premium).

A bona fide antique that is very seldom seen in the marketplace was the tin mechanical bank known as ‘Man in the Garden.’ Produced by Gerbruder Bing (Germany), it depicts a charming scene of a gentleman in his garden, wearing a proper apron and hat and carrying a watering can as he tends to his flowers. Estimated at $4,000-$7,000, it was bid to $9,000 ($10,800 with buyer’s premium).

The toy train category was led by a prewar Lionel O gauge Mickey Mouse Circus Train set with accessories, including all 12 of the original tickets, a windup key, and a brochure. In excellent condition, this extremely desirable train and comic character crossover toy with a staggering array of small pieces had even managed to retain its original pictorial box marked Walt Disney Enterprises 1935. Against an estimate of $4,000-$8,000, it chugged its way to an even loftier $8,750 ($10,765 with buyer’s premium).

Automobilia and petroliana collectors can fill ’er up at Morphy Feb. 24-25 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Morphy Auctions returns to Las Vegas for its Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25 sale of antique and vintage gas- and oil-related memorabilia. The 1,247-lot auction includes porcelain and neon advertising signs, gas pumps and globes, vintage oil cans, service station display items, logo wall clocks, and railroadiana.

The sale’s top-estimated lot is a porcelain neon sign for Polly Gas. The 96in sign has never been removed from its original can and has been AGS-certified and graded 82. As a result, the neon is estimated at $60,000-$100,000.

Right behind the Polly Gas sign lot is a double-sided Frontier Gas ‘Rarin’ To Go’ sign with the company’s iconic cowboy-on-rearing-horse graphic, estimated at $40,000-$80,000. Also sure to go for top dollar is a Clipper Gasoline oval porcelain sign with a Pan American Clipper sea plane graphic. The 60in sign is AGS side-graded 87 and 79. The estimate is $30,000-$60,000.

Featuring a logo and name clearly lifted from the Southern Pacific Railroad is an outstanding Sunset Gasoline 15in single-globe gas pump lens. Issued by Sunset Pacific Oil Co. of Los Angeles, this example is considered early due to what’s known as its ‘blue-sky’ background, dating it to the 1920s. John Mihovetz of Morphy’s Petroliana & Automobilia believes it is possibly the only surviving example. It is AGS graded 91, with an estimate of $15,000-$30,000.

Perfect for any garage is a postwar GMC Trucks neon sign, featuring unique green porcelain as well as green and pink neon. And at 85 by 13 by 47in, it’s big. AGS graded 89 and 90, the sign carries an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.

Dan Morphy sees a bright future for automobilia and petroliana sales at the company’s recently opened Las Vegas facility, stating: “Las Vegas is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. It’s also a magnet for West Coast car culture and classic-car events. Las Vegas is ideal for Morphy’s to hold automobilia and petroliana sales.”

From Bing to Barbie: American, Japanese, and European toys at Morphy Feb. 14-16

DENVER, Pa. – It’s toy time at Morphy Auctions, where 1,425 lots of top-notch toys and collectibles will be auctioned on Wednesday, February 14, Thursday, February 15, and Friday, February 16. Virtually every popular toy category is represented in the auction lineup, from classics such as pressed-steel automotive, European tin windups, and cast-iron mechanical banks, to modern-era and vintage favorites such as postwar Japanese tin, Barbies, and Star Wars collectibles.

More than 100 banks will cross the auction block on Day 1 and Day 2, including 56 cast-iron mechanicals. Many favorites by J. & E. Stevens of Cromwell, Connecticut are at the forefront. A near-mint ‘Bad Accident’ bank with bright colors and 97% of its paint retains its original wood factory box and is estimated at $4,000-$8,000; while an excellent-plus Boy Scout Camp bank with its original flag is estimated at $3,000-$6,000. The highest-estimated Stevens mechanical, at $10,000-$15,000, is a near-mint ‘Called Out’ mechanical bank, which has a sentry theme and was assembled from very rare bronze patterns.

Bing is represented within the sale’s approximately 50 European toy lots. A Bing Keiser Wilhelm 40in clockwork tin ocean liner with four stacks is mostly original and has 10 lifeboats. In excellent condition, it is guided by a $3,000-$5,000 estimate.

Lehmann, another revered German producer of tin toys, based many of their most popular designs on actual people Ernst Paul Lehmann encountered in everyday life or during his travels. His only purported self-indulgence was in creating the wonderful flywheel toy known as ‘Walking Down Broadway’ or, alternatively, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Lehmann’ or ‘Lehmann Family.’ It depicts a well-dressed couple out for a stroll with their pug dog on a leash. The sale features a VG-near mint example of this scarce and early toy with its original box bottom and an original pictorial label fastened to a newer lid. The estimate is $2,000-$4,000.

The train category includes productions by American Flyer, Ives, and Lionel, among others. Leading the 85-lot selection of Lionels is a prewar O-gauge Mickey Mouse Circus Train set with accessories, including all 12 of the original tickets, windup key, and a brochure showing the set for sale for $2. In excellent condition, the set is estimated at $4,000-$8,000.

In the Japanese toy category, the sale includes an Alps battery-operated Missile Robot. Pristine and appearing unused, the 15in robot is fully intact, with its dish antenna and original box with cardboard inserts. Missile Robot will step into the spotlight with a $3,000-$6,000 estimate.

Another stellar example of postwar Japanese toy excellence is a scarce lithographed-tin #98 Champion Racer. Measuring 18.5in in length, the friction-powered open racer with helmeted driver is graded excellent to near-mint and estimated at $2,000-$4,000.

The sports memorabilia category is led by an ultra-rare BBCE-authenticated 1976/’77 Topps ‘Hockey’ wax case containing four factory-sealed wax boxes. Each box contains 36 sealed 15¢ bubble gum picture-card packs. “Collectors rarely have the opportunity to acquire factory-sealed boxes of this type,” said Morphy’s Toys & Trains Department Head Tommy Sage Jr. “Morphy’s has a strong following for sports cards, especially since our auction one year ago of an unopened 1952 Topps baseball brick, which sold for $873,300. We expect a lot of interest in this outstanding Hockey wax box, which is estimated at $12,000-$16,000.”

To pop culture fans, there is no Barbie doll more desirable than the 1959 example known as blonde ponytail #850. Morphy’s will offer a very good original and boxed example of the #850 wearing the iconic black-and-white striped swimsuit and with clean original earrings. Accompanied by its stand, booklet, and a nice variety of extra clothing, accessories, and shoes, the lot is estimated at $2,000-$5,000.

Morphy hosts Brian Lebel’s cowboy and Western relics sale Jan. 26

Original 1900 Wild Bunch Gang photo taken by Fort Worth photographer John Swartz, estimated at $60,000-$80,000 at Morphy.

LAS VEGAS – Morphy Auctions is teaming with Brian Lebel’s 34th Old West Show & Auction and the Las Vegas Antique Arms Show for a 473-lot sale featuring antique arms, Western memorabilia and cowboy relics. The catalog for the Friday, January 26 sale is available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

“I expect this to be a one-of-a-kind event in the industry, combining the best of the crossover categories – cowboy and Western, Native American, Hollywood and firearms,” said Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions.

Edward H. Bohlin was the Western outfitter to the stars, creating The Lone Ranger’s silver-accented gear, among others. The sale includes an amazing 34 lots bearing the Bohlin name. His personal sterling silver gun belt, mounted with gold repousse, presented together with a pair of Bohlin-mounted Colt Single Action Army revolvers, appeared in countless parades and was exhibited at the 1967 Montreal World’s Fair. The lot is estimated at $200,000-$250,000.

A museum-grade ledger book created and maintained in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Sitting Bull’s nephew White Bull (1849-1947) – purported killer of General Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn – is unique and historically important. In White Bull’s handwriting, it documents coups, combats and winter counts of the Sioux. In all, there are 162 pages, 120 with writing and 33 with drawings. The auction estimate has been set at $200,000-$250,000.

More than a century after their lives are said to have ended abruptly in a dusty Bolivian town, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid continue to fascinate fans of Western lore. The two friends and partners in crime were part of what was known as the “Fort Worth Five,” whose scurrilous outlaw careers were marked by a long string of bank and train robberies. It was the beginning of the end for the so-called “Wild Bunch” gang when their photograph, taken in 1900, came to the attention of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. That image would soon become the mugshot on Wanted posters throughout the western states. The sale features the original 1900 Wild Bunch Gang photo taken by Fort Worth photographer John Swartz, which is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.

Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys, considered his pair of McCabe parade chaps one of his most prized possessions. They were from a complete parade saddle ensemble commissioned in 1931 for wealthy horsewoman H. L. Musick and her champion horse Diamond. After many Rose Bowl appearances, the silver and gold repousse chaps were acquired by Rogers for use at promotional appearances and in photos. They were exhibited nationwide and resided in the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum Collection, and they now carry a $70,000-$90,000 estimate.

A top prize in the sale is an outfit Clayton Moore wore onscreen in his indelible role as The Lone Ranger. The ensemble consists of a specially dyed dark shirt and pants plus a screen-worn hat and black screen-worn mask designed for use in water scenes. With impeccable provenance, the quintessential Lone Ranger outfit has a $10,000-$20,000 estimate. Also of special interest in the auction is a major photo and poster archive that traces the career of Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger.

Collectors will need to look skyward to take in the full impact of a giant Levi Strauss advertising display of a type distributed in the 1940s to stores throughout the western states. The upper portion of the 12ft-tall figural cowboy is composed of painted hardboard, while the lower portion is dressed with a pair of original Levi’s denim jeans having a 76-inch inseam. The display is one of only two known to Morphy’s specialists and will be offered with a $14,000-$16,000 estimate.

Vintage occupational shaving mugs cleaned up at Morphy

Shaving mug depicting a horse-drawn ambulance and driver, which sold for $19,000 ($23,370 with buyer’s premium) at Morphy.

DENVER, Pa. – Select pieces from a collection of occupational shaving mugs brought remarkable sums as the gallery at Morphy’s Auction glowed with holiday spirit on December 18-19. One particularly rare mug depicting a horse-drawn ambulance and driver sold for $19,000 ($23,370 with buyer’s premium).

A staple at American barber shops of the 19th and early 20th centuries, shaving mugs made from French or German porcelain blanks were embellished with polychrome scenes to reflect each customer’s profession or hobby. Typically spelling out the owner’s name in gilt, they were sold at the time for between 50 cents and $2.50 each and stored on a wall-rack at the barber shop awaiting the patron’s next 10-cent shave.

The December 18 session included more than 200 mugs apportioned into 180 lots. Although most portraying mainstream occupations and pastimes sell for $100-$500, others depicting more unusual professions and sports command a premium. Particularly sought-after was a mug decorated with an image of an early racecar circa 1910 together with the gilt-lettered name Seeley J. Benedict, which sold at $6,000 ($7,380 with buyer’s premium), and another of a similar date with a detailed image of a man operating a single-propeller airplane, emblazoned with the name William Diehl Jr., which hammered for $5,000 ($6,150 with buyer’s premium). Other rarities — typically made-to-order pieces rather than those that could be bought off-the-shelf — included a mug with a deep-sea diver alongside the name John Dodd, and an image of a horse tied prostrate on a bench awaiting the care of veterinarian R. G. Holland. These sold at $4,400 ($5,412 with buyer’s premium) and $7,000 ($8,610 with buyer’s premium), respectively.

At the very height of the collecting hobby was the $19,000 ($23,370 with buyer’s premium) mug depicting a horse-drawn ambulance and driver with the name C. McNulty in fancy gilt lettering. It was estimated at $300-$600, but this is a well-known design, of which only two or three are recorded. Another version of this mug labeled for Louis Gardner sold for $29,000 at Yoder Auctions in Wisconsin in February 2008, a sale where a one-of-a-kind mug of a parachutist flew to $45,000 – an auction record for any occupational shaving mug.

From a selection of 28 pieces of Amphora earthenware offered at Morphy’s, a circa-1902 Crocodile vase took a bite out of its estimate. A piece known from Byron Vreeland’s collecting guide Monsters and Maidens: Amphora Pottery of the Art Nouveau Era, the 16.5in vase in green and gold earth tones depicts a detailed croc with its mouth agape and its tail wrapped around the vessel’s wide base. In mint condition, the vase sold for a hefty $26,000 ($31,980 with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $15,000-$20,000. Another prized Amphora vase, with two sculpted, red-glazed starfish applied to its body, also ignored pre-sale expectations, realizing $14,000 ($17,220 with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $2,500-$3,500.

As anticipated, the 2023 edition of this pre-Christmas Fine & Decorative Arts Auction was led by a series of Tiffany Studios leaded-glass lamps. They included a well-preserved example of the firm’s famed Peacock design, with its shade replicating the vivid tail feathers of the male peafowl. Offered in excellent condition complete with a matching Peacock pattern base, it sold at the mid estimate for $250,000 ($307,500 with buyer’s premium).

Other examples of the fabulous favrile included a Nasturtium leaded-glass table lamp with a colorway that incorporates some of Tiffany’s most complex types of glass, including streamer, confetti, ripple and drapery, estimated at $100,000-$150,000; and a Daffodil pattern lamp with an onion-bulb pattern base, estimated at $60,000-$80,000. These both sold towards the low end of their estimates at $90,000 ($110,700 with buyer’s premium) and $60,000 ($73,800 with buyer’s premium) respectively.

A historic Midwestern Prairie-style design that did not go unnoticed was a stained-glass window by Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961), the trailblazing woman architect who collaborated with and influenced fellow architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1907, Griffin installed the 3ft 3in by 2ft window at the Indiana farmhouse of her brother and sister-in-law. The window was one of several salvaged prior to the house’s destruction in 1967, with others now in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the permanent collection of the Bank of America. It hammered at the low end of its estimate for $20,000 ($26,460 with buyer’s premium).

The final tally for the two-day sale was $2.1 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium.

Vintage Colt firearms blasted through their top estimates at Morphy

Colt .45 Single Action Army revolver, $104,550 with buyer's premium at Morphy Auctions.

DENVER, Penn. – Morphy Auctions attracted top-tier bidders to the Firearms & Militaria sale held on December 6, December 7 and December 8, which totaled nearly $6.8 million. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

According to Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, there was intense competition for fresh-to-market engraved antique and first-generation Colts as well as any other scarce or unusual pieces in especially nice condition.

A prime example of a gun that had it all was a beautiful and historically important Colt .45 Single Action Army revolver from one of the sale’s featured collections, that of the late Richard ‘Dick’ Burdick. With steerhead pearl grips, and geometric and floral factory engraving applied on Aug. 3, 1891, after Cuno Helfricht, it was initially sent as a shipment of one to George W. Shreve. The gun appears on page 421 of Wilson’s The Colt Engraving Book Volume I. According to this respected reference, Shreve was the grandson of a Revolutionary War veteran, was in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and was present at Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Shreve also worked for several firearms companies before opening a store in San Francisco, which was destroyed in 1906. With extensive paperwork, including Colt Factory letters, this stunning firearm sold for $104,550 against an estimate of $40,000-$60,000.

Dan Morphy noted that high-end European sporting arms had no shortage of bidders, either. The tempting lineup included a spectacular circa-2013 Hartmann & Weiss (Hamburg) 16 bore side-by-side shotgun with nitro proofed 29in blued barrels. Embellished with attractive rose and scroll engraving by master engraver Florian Gullert, it presented in excellent condition and came with a lightweight leather toe-under case with a black and gold Hartmann & Weiss leather trade label. It easily surpassed its high estimate, selling for $74,400.

An outstanding, fresh-to-market 16th-century bronze cannon came to auction with noble European lineage, having once been the property of Friedrich of Prague, Baron of Windhag. A fascinating example of European artillery, it was boldly emblazoned GOTTES GNADE IST GROS (translation: God’s grace is great) over a coat of arms depicting monkeys on a chain, in reference to an important nobleman named Ladislaus Prager. Entered with a presale estimate of $5,000-$10,000, it unleashed its auction firepower and ultimately sold for $36,900.

A nicely patinated French and Indian War powder horn attributed to ‘The Master Carver’ displayed highly detailed scenes of Presque Isle, Lake Erie, Fort Detroit, Quebec, and the ‘Fall of Niagara,’ as well as images of Native Americans holding war clubs and scalps. It sold for $48,000 against an estimate of $15,000-$30,000.

Rolex watches, Tiffany lamps and an Amphora Crocodile vase enliven Morphy’s Dec. 18-19 auction

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DENVER, Penn. – December is traditionally a time to decorate, entertain and display one’s best heirloom silver, crystal and other antique wares. Morphy Auctions is capturing the holiday spirit with a glittering pre-Christmas Fine & Decorative Arts Auction Monday, December 18 and Tuesday, December 19.

Those seeking the ultimate in stocking stuffers are sure to find them within the 200-plus lots of jewelry, watches and coins. Nearly two dozen Swiss wristwatches await bidders, including 12 superlative models by Rolex. A circa-2019 Oyster Perpetual 40mm Cosmograph Daytona 18K gold and stainless-steel model with a black dial has an estimate of $20,000-$25,000.

Seventy-seven lots of coins and currency will be offered. Highlights include several 19th-century $20 Gold Liberty coins and something extra special: an 1851 US $50 gold coin known as an Augustus Humbert 887, smoothed with VF details. This scarce coin has been PCGS authenticated and comes to auction with a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.

Nearly 100 art glass lamps will welcome auction guests to Morphy’s gallery. Leading the breathtaking lineup is a Tiffany Studios Peacock leaded-glass table lamp on its matching Peacock base. Both the shade and base are signed and in excellent condition and estimated at $200,000-$300,000. Another great beauty is a Tiffany Studios 18-inch Nasturtium leaded-glass table lamp. Its stunning pattern is composed of some of Tiffany’s most complex types of glass, including streamer, confetti, ripple and drapery. Both the shade and its wonderfully decorated library base are signed. In excellent condition, the lamp is estimated at $100,000-$150,000.

For many years, collectors have flocked to Morphy’s Fine & Decorative Arts sales to seek out the least common and most unusual examples of Amphora’s fantasy wares. The top lot is an extremely rare circa-1902 Amphora Crocodile vase, with all of the desired marks. It is actually a book example, appearing in Vreeland’s Monsters and Maidens: Collectors Edition, and stands 16½ inches tall. In mint condition, it is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 40mm Cosmograph Daytona, estimated at $20,000-$25,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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1851 US $50 gold coin known as an Augustus Humbert 887, estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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Tiffany Studios Peacock leaded-glass table lamp, estimated at $200,000-$300,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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Tiffany Studios Nasturtium leaded-glass table lamp, estimated at $100,000-$150,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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Amphora Crocodile vase, estimated at $15,000-$20,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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Vintage Colts and sporting guns locked and loaded at Morphy Dec. 6-8

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DENVER, Penn. — The single-action collection of Colt firearms authority Richard Burdick comes to market with amazingly rare examples Wednesday, December 6, Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8 at Morphy Auctions. The catalogs are now available for bidding on LiveAuctioneers.

Burdick had a passion for engraved and historic cartridge Colts. His smoothbore Colt Frontier Six-Shooter Single Action Revolver originally belonged to legendary exhibition shooter John Witner Garrett (1865-1937). Garrett was not only a trap shooting world-record holder, he also had hunted with the Theodore Roosevelt party in 1901, and competed with Annie Oakley in sharpshooting championships. The auction estimate is $75,000-$150,000.

Burdick’s collection shares the auction spotlight with top-tier firearms from the venerable collection of Dr. Jim Watson of Scottsdale, Arizona. One of the crown jewels is a circa-1837-1840 cased Colt No. 3 Paterson belt-model percussion revolver. It is believed to have been given to William Watson, a New York City attorney who represented Samuel Colt (1814-1862) in patent disputes, by a New Jersey politician named Andrew Parsons. This may explain the inscribed plaque affixed to the gun’s original case. It reads: “W Watson / from A P.” The lot is estimated at $250,000-$350,000.

The auction also boasts one of the finest collections of sporting arms to come to market in some time, with highlights that include an extremely scarce Bertuzzi Gullwing in a desirable 20-gauge over configuration. This shotgun has demi-bloc nitro-proofed 28¾in barrels and is adorned with game scenes, hunting dogs and scrollwork engraved by Marico Torcoli and Valerio Peli. With its leather case, it is estimated at $50,000-$80,000.
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Colt No. 3 Paterson belt model percussion revolver, estimated at $250,000-$350,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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Colt Frontier six shooter revolver, estimated at $75,000-$150,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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1860 Henry factor engraved and silver plated rifle, estimated at $70,000-$100,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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Bertuzzi Gullwing 20 gauge over/under shotgun, estimated at $50,000-$80,000 at Morphy Auctions.
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