Auction Details

Automobilia & Petroliana

Automobilia & Petroliana
July 23, 2017
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Morphy Auctions’ July 2017 Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Sales Event to Feature a Breathtaking Range of Extremely Sought After Signage, Globes, and Other Garage Themed Ephemera.

This midsummer sale goes into fifth gear with the most amazing and highly curated category selections in memory. 

Denver, Pennsylvania, June 6, 2017 – Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is proud to present this 600-lot sale to be held on July 23, 2017, starting promptly at 9am.  Morphy’s is recognized for its leadership in automobilia and petroliana and holds several world records within these important categories. All lots from this July event are on display in Morphy’s Denver auction gallery and are available for preview now.

It’s no challenge to navigate this sale’s absolutely outstanding collection of antique porcelain signage.  Examples from local, regional, and national brands are all on offer.  Lot #16, a 28” Nourse Motor Oil sign featuring an orange and black Viking yielding a club is destined to be a big hit with collectors.  It is estimated at $15,000-25,000.  Lot #18, a red, black, and white 32” Red Hat Motor Oil and Gasoline sign is another auction headliner. It is estimated at $15,000-20,000.  Lot #19, a red, white, and green 48” Sinclair Aircraft sign decorated with the company’s classic logo plane takes flight at $15,000-20,000.  Lot #12, a red, white, black, and gold Billups Premium pump plate with dual airplane graphics is another elite sign election in this grouping. It is estimated at $8,000-12,000.  And all eyes will be on lot #137, a hard to find, large rectangular Power-Lube Motor Oil sign featuring the company’s more friendly than fierce tiger logo.  This jungle-gem is estimated at $10,000-20,000.

Now let’s switch our focus to the comprehensive selections of globes and lenses offered through this sale.  Things are twice as nice with a number of top tier, dual lens selections.  Collectors may go to battle over lot #35, 15” Independent Gasoline globe lenses, estimated at $9,000-12,000. The lenses are detailed with a colorful scene of a patriotic march, including musicians, armed soldiers, and an early American flag.  Lot #40, 13-1/2″ Buffalo Gasoline globe lenses on a milk glass body, is estimated at $4,000-6,000.  Each lens is dynamically decorated with the company’s charging red and black buffalo logo.  And lot #339, 13-1/2” Red Wing Anti-Knock Gasoline globe lenses, is a real head turner.  These feature the company’s red and blue Indian Chief profile mascot and are estimated at $4,000-6,000.

This sale offers an astonishing array of single lens gas pump toppers. Two high fliers in this category feature airplane graphics.  The first is lot #21, a 15” Kendall Gasoline lens. This example comes on a red metal body and features Kendall’s black and red propeller plane logo.  The second is lot #22, a 15” Jenney Aero Gasoline lens.  This black, white, and orange lens is decorated with the company’s logo against a twilight blue background.  Both are certain to soar with their $12,000-15,000 and $15,000-20,000 estimates, respectively. Another solid choice of a single lens highlight would have to be lot #24, a 13-1/2” Rock Island Gasoline lens on its original ripple body.  This red, blue, white, and teal rarity is estimated at $6,500-9,000.

July’s auction presents a number of items from the Gilmore Oil Company, the west coast petroleum distributor known for its dramatic promotions.  Many feature the company’s popular logo mascot.  Lot #192, a Roar with Gilmore lens decorated with the lion jumping over a checkered flag, is estimated at $8,000-12,000.  Lot #193, a Gilmore Blu-Green Gasoline lens featuring a roaring lion head, is estimated at $8,000-12,000.  And lot #191, a Gilmore Red Lion plus Tetraethyl lens springs to life with a lunging lion with dramatic, prominent claws and teeth. It is estimated at $12,000-16,000.

This sale rounds out with first class offerings of other transportation related collectibles, including ephemera, oil cans, displays, and other seldom seen rarities.  These include lot #28, an original 13-1/2″ blue ripple globe body, estimated at $7,5000-10,000; lot #234, an Alligator Boot Tire Repair tin store display, estimated at $2,500-4,000; and lot #52, a Conoco Minuteman handy household oiler, estimated at $700-1,000. And the heat will surely be on lot #46, a Red Hat Motor Oil & Gasoline porcelain thermometer, estimated at $4,000-6,000.

According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, “Our automobilia and petroliana sales events are always extremely exciting and generate interest worldwide. I have no doubt that this auction will follow in that much deserved reputation. This one-day, carefully assembled sale offers a robust and comprehensive selection of signs, globes, and other rarities at a full range of price points. All enthusiasts should be able to add at least a few new treasures to their growing collections! It’s hard to pick my favorite, but I find the Independent Gasoline globe lenses particularly eye-catching.  The decoration is extremely detailed, well-illustrated, and patriotic. We welcome you to visit our gallery in Denver, PA to view these outstanding items firsthand, or of course check them out online anytime at”

About Morphy Auctions:
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collectibles, is headquartered in Denver, PA. The company also has a satellite office in Las Vegas, NV. A full-service auction house, Morphy’s presents over 35 premier auctions annually. The company’s three-part mission includes ensuring consignor satisfaction with every auction, offering world-class customer service that goes above and beyond the call of duty, and providing relentless buyer support to create confidence for all clients seeking a trustworthy purchasing experience.

Morphy’s team of specialists includes the nation’s finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, automobilia and petroliana; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; jewelry and wrist watches. Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories.  Morphy’s has been in business since 2004 and has grown from two to over 65 employees in over a decade.

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Lot Title  Low estimate  High estimate 
12 Original Billups Premium Porcelain Pump Plate  $8,000  $12,000
16 Nourse Motor Oil Porcelain Sign  $15,000  $25,000
18 Red Hat Motor Oil & Gasoline Porcelain Sign  $15,000  $20,000
19 Sinclair Aircraft Porcelain Sign  $15,000  $20,000
21 Kendall Gasoline Single Lens on a Metal Body  $12,000  $15,000
22 Jenney Aero Gasoline Single Lens  $15,000  $20,000
24 Rock Island Single Lens on Original Ripple Body  $6,500  $9,000
28 Original Blue Ripple Globe Body  $7,500  $10,000
35 Independent Gasoline Globe Lenses  $9,000  $12,000
40 Buffalo Gasoline Globe Lenses on a Milk Glass Body  $4,000  $6,000
46 Red Hat Porcelain Thermometer  $4,000  $6,000
52 Conoco Minuteman Handy Household Oiler  $700  $1,000
137 Large Size Power-Lube Motor Oil Sign  $10,000  $20,000
191 Gilmore Red Lion plus Tetraethyl Single Globe Lens  $12,000  $16,000
192 Roar with Gilmore Single Globe Lens  $8,000  $12,000
193 Gilmore Blu-Green Gasoline Single Globe Lens  $8,000  $12,000
234 Alligator Boot Tire Repair Tin Store Display  $2,500  $4,000
339 Red Wing Anti-Knock Gasoline Globe Lenses  $5,000  $8,000

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