More than 800 advertising signs are part of an 1,162-lot Automobilia & Petroliana Auction scheduled for October 14-15 at Morphy’s gallery in Denver, Pennsylvania, the auction company has announced. Also on the docket for the sale, which will include live and online bidding, are a dozen vintage motorcycles.
“Many of the colorful rarities are from collections that were established back when petroleum-related items in pristine condition were much easier to find,” Morphy’s noted.
The star of the auction docket figures to be a 53-inch Oilzum Motor Oil & Lubricants porcelain curb sign, which has a pre-auction estimated value of $20,000 to $30,000.
“One of the most sought-after of all petroleum-related signs, it is double-sided and features the appealing orange and black graphic image of Oilzum’s mascot, Oswald the Driver.”
Among neon signs are a double-sided, 56 x 40 x 18-inch OK Used Car dealership sign with its original bullnose attachments (pre-sale estimate is $14,000 to $20,000) and a 112-inch Ford dealership sign with script letters from the early 1970s (pre-sale estimate is $8,000 to $14,000).
The auction docket includes 41 gas-pump globes, including a Musgo Gasoline Michigan’s Mile Market globe from 1929 and a Wirt Franklin Petroleum globe.
An array of gas pumps includes a rare Wayne Roman 5-gallon visible unit valued at $15,000 to $25,000. Another highlight of the docket is a Lipman Air Service Station air meter valued at $15,000 to $30,000.
Among the 12 motorcycles being offered at auction are a 1948 Indian Chief Roadmaster driven 22,840 miles since new.
For more information, visit the Morphy’s webiste.