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Morphy’s auctioning more than 1,100 signs, globes and more

October 14-15 docket includes a dozen vintage motorcycles


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.

Oilzum floor-standing sign could bring as much as $30,000 at auction

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.

Ford dealership sign
1948 Indian Chief Roadmaster

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.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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