• 6
    Dec

Auction Report: Pepsin Gum Dispenser Takes Top Lot at Antique Sale

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A rare antique Pepsin Gum embossed-tin dispenser, coin-operated to accept one cent for gum and to tell a fortune, sold for $57,000 at an auction held Oct. 4 through 6 by Showtime Auction Services. The dispenser was the top lot in a sale that grossed $1 million. Around 1,800 lots crossed […]

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  • 23
    May

Indianapolis 500 Push Collectibles into High Gear

The Indianapolis 500, often referred to, as the Indy 500, is an annual race held on Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motors Speedway (IMS). The 500-mile race was first held in 1911 and is heralded as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” With its history, tradition and world-class drivers, the 500 provides collectors with numerous […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Toys, Glass, Petroliana Fetch Top Dollar in Auction

RAYMOND, Ill. — A standard-glaze portrait vase bearing the likeness of a cocker spaniel sold for $2,640 on the last day of a three-day auction held Feb. 15 thorough 17 hosted by Matthews Auctions. The 13-inch vase, signed “M. Timberlake,” was in good condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs. It was the top achiever […]

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  • 30
    Nov

Collector’s Minute: White Eagle Statue

Large iron or bronze eagle figures or statuettes like the one pictured left are generally “architectural salvage” from 19th-century buildings and monuments scheduled for demolition. Most date from the 1840s through the first quarter of the 20th century. Unless there is a foundry mark or a provenance regarding where they came from, assigning a maker […]

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  • 27
    Oct

Auction Report: Cardboard Diorama Tops $5,000 at Petroliana & Advertising Sale

PEOTONE, Ill. – A dazzling cardboard diorama, advertising Mayo-Skinner Automatic Windshield Cleaner and graded 8.5 on a 1-10 scale for condition, sold for $5,060 at a Fall Peotone Petroliana & Advertising Auction held Oct. 16 in advance of the annual Fall Chicagoland Advertising Show in Peotone. “The diorama was just a great piece with great […]

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  • 30
    Jan

Curious Brimfield Finds with Will Seippel

By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist EDITOR’S NOTE: Brimfield, Mass., is a small New England town with a population of about 5,000 or so. Settled in 1706, it shows its traditional New England quaintness rather well. It has its large, steepled church, and with the leaves of autumn or the snow of winter, looks the part […]

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  • 13
    Oct

Early Car Makers Desired Hit Song to Boost Sales

Early Car Makers Desired Hit Song to Boost Sales

By Dave Bausch

In the field of Automobilia, the one subject most collected is advertising. Advertising took many forms: posters, prints, toys, magazine ads, postcards just to name a few. But the one that most of the automobile makers yearned for was to have their specific model of car depicted on sheet music.

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  • 1
    Apr

Back in the Days…

Pull into any gas station these days and most people swipe their credit card, grumble about the price per gallon, fill-up and drive off or pop into the attached market and pick up snacks and groceries. With the price of gasoline soaring, it’s interesting that what’s called “Petroliana” or collecting oil and gas memorabilia from the 1920’s to the 1950’s is growing.

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