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Porcelain Washington Chief Gasoline Sign Soars to $20,900 at Petroliana Auction

by WorthPoint Staff (08/17/10).

This Washington Chief Gasoline double-sided porcelain sign sold for $20,900, making it the top-selling lot in at an Aug. 6 auction hosted by Matthews Auctions.

DES MOINES, Iowa – An outstanding 72-inch Washington Chief Gasoline double-sided porcelain sign, with full Indian headdress profile for a graphic, climbed to $20,900 at an Aug. 6 petroliana auction hosted by Matthews Auctions, The sale was conducted on the final day of the 2010 Iowa Gas Show.

The Washington Chief sign was the top lot of the more than 500 lots of petroliana (gas and oil signs, globes, cans and a collection of rest room signs) that changed hands that day. Headlining the sale were three major collections, consigned by Ray and Mary Sue Seider of California, the late Ace Feeks of Oregon and Ron Ueberhein of Lincoln, Neb. Other consignments were also featured in the auction.

“Petroliana and automobilia are alive and well as collectibles, particularly gas and oil signs,” said Dan Matthews of Matthews Auctions. “Globe prices were a little depressed and oil cans just held their own, but overall the auction was a big success. In fact, it was our largest one-day sale ever.” Internet bidding, via LiveAuctioneers.com and Proxibid.com, was very brisk, Matthews added.

Following are additional highlights from the sale (all prices quoted include a 10 percent buyer’s premium):

This rare Ace High & Wil-Flo Motor Oil porcelain thermometer (38” by 8”) brought $13,200.

• The second top lot of the day was a rare Ace High & Wil-Flo Motor Oil porcelain thermometer, 38 inches tall by 8 inches wide. It went for $13,200. Another pair of lots flirted with the $10,000 mark but just fell short. One was a Hood Tire Man with straight bow tie single-sided tin die-cut sign ($9,900). The other was a nice Associated Gasoline “More Miles to the Gallon” single-sided porcelain sign ($9,350).

A Dodge-Plymouth double-sided porcelain neon sign sold for $7,425.

• A Dodge-Plymouth double-sided porcelain neon sign topped out at $7,425; a Goodrich Safety Tires single-sided porcelain sign with Mountie logo realized $6,600; a Hood Tire Dealer Man with straight tie single-sided porcelain die-cut sign brought $5,500; a Red Hat Motor Oil Gasoline double-side porcelain sign fetched $5,225; and a St. Helens Gasoline double-sided porcelain sign hit $5,280.

Goodrich Safety Tires single-sided porcelain sign with Mountie logo, 63” by 18” ($6,600).

• A Mobiloil Marine double-sided porcelain sign with Pegasus graphic, 30 inches, garnered $4,400; a Little Bear Gasoline gill single lens in a gill glass globe body changed hands for $4,675; a Clipper with airplane image 15-inch single-lens in metal globe body coasted to $4,400; and a Red Rooster Fruit & Produce single-sided porcelain sign with great graphic, 36 inches, sold for $4,950.

Associated Gasoline “More Miles to the Gallon” single-sided porcelain sign ($9,350).

• A Richfield Richlube Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign with open wheel race car graphic, 24 inches, breezed to $4,675; a Veltex Company Fletcher Oil single-sided porcelain truck door sign, 18 inches, peaked at $4,400; a United Motor Service single-sided porcelain counter-top or window neon sign hit the mark at $4,950; and a Pure Lighted identification sign with two 48-inch lenses hit $3,850.

• A Mobil Pegasus cookie-cutter single-sided porcelain die-cut sign, 69 inches by 92 inches, earned $4,125; the same amount was realized for a Mobil Pegasus two-piece cookie-cutter single-sided porcelain sign; a Mohawk Gasoline 15-inch single lens in a metal globe body attained $3,850; and an RPM Motor Oil “A Knockout For Winter” one-sided tin sign with Donald Duck graphic fetched $3,850.

Matthews Auctions’s next big event will be the sale of the Paul Wilson collection of petroliana, automobilia, gas pumps and vintage toys, to be held Saturday, Sept. 25, in Independence, Mo., Offered will be hundreds of lots of petroliana (neon, porcelain and metal signs, globes, gas pumps and more); automobilia (a Sprint car, several Ford flat-head V-8 engines and more); and many rare and vintage toys (to include some race car-style toys).

Then, on Friday, Oct. 15, Matthews Auctions will hold its annual Fall Peotone Petroliana & Vintage Advertising Auction in Peotone, Ill. Featured will be the oil bottle collection of Ron Throckmorton, the Texaco collection from the estate of Gerald Bunker of Hays, Kan., the Tydol/Flying A collection of Henry Romanfsky of Rochester, N.Y., and other items.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, Matthews Auctions will conduct a neon sign auction from the Hendershaw estate in Escondido, Calif. Featured will be more than 50 quality neon signs, plus a 1947 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country Woody car and a 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe 2-door convertible, along with other vintage cars, petroliana items, automobilia, Coca-Cola and soda collectibles, a vintage wooden telephone booth, pay phones, air meters, gas pumps and other items.

A huge, two-day estate sale will be held Nov. 6-7 in Raymond, Ill., for the collections of Joe Srholez of Sussex, N.J., the Art Childers collection of Evansville, Ind., and the oil bottle collection of Ron Throckmorton. The Nov. 6 session will feature vintage automotive toys, oil and additive cans, petroliana and automobilia signs (mostly porcelain, painted steel and cardboard), gas pumps, vintage soda machines and more. The Nov. 7 session will be a continuation of the previous day’s offerings, but with a few surprises. Toys will include more than 45 lots of promo cars, Metal Craft trucks, a Steelcraft Bimp & Mack pedal truck, more than 100 lots of Japanese tin litho cars, toy cars, trucks and airplanes (some new in the box), German toys (to include Bing Lehman and others), an arcade cast iron gas pump, toy gas stations and many other items. Also sold will be mascots and original Packard art that was used in magazine advertisements.

The year will conclude with an antiques, toys & advertising auction just in time for Christmas on Dec. 11, also in Raymond, Ill.

To learn more about these auctions, call 217.563.8880, e-mail to danm@matthewsauctions.com or visit the Matthews Auctions Wed site.

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One Response to “Porcelain Washington Chief Gasoline Sign Soars to $20,900 at Petroliana Auction”

  1. cgp says:

    What outstanding prices the petroliana made. Way to go. cgp

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