Richlube Motor Oil sign brings $7,425 at Matthews Auctions An exceptionally clean Richlube Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign (“100% Pure Pennsylvania”) soared to $7,425 at the Spring Petroliana & Advertising Auction held Mar. 4 by Matthews Auctions, LLC.
News-Antique.com - Mar 10,2011 - (PEOTONE, Ill.) – An exceptionally clean Richlube Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign (“100% Pure Pennsylvania”) soared to $7,425 at the Spring Petroliana & Advertising Auction held Mar. 4 by Matthews Auctions, LLC. The sale was conducted the day before the popular Chicagoland Petroliana & Advertising Show, held each spring and fall in Peotone.
The Richlube sign, consigned by a collector in upstate New York, featured a small race car graphic and was graded 9 out of 10 on the front for overall condition, and 8.9 on the reverse side. The sign boasted super gloss and color, the only flaws being some minor crazing in the center, and small chips in the outer field and around the mounting holes. Otherwise, it was mint.
The sign was the top achiever of the more than 475 lots that changed hands in an auction that attracted over 150 people and had over 400 registered online bidders (who participated through LiveAuctioneers.com and Proxibid.com). About half of the lots sold to the room, while 48 percent went to online bidders, and one percent each sold to telephone and absentee bidders.
“It was a very strong auction, both in terms of participation and prices realized,” said Dan Matthews of Matthews Auctions, LLC, which is based in Nokomis, Ill. “The attendance in person and over the Internet was so great, it helped to boost prices up to nice, healthy levels. Bidding was spirited all day long. It was an even better auction than I hoped it would be.”
The auction was packed with much petroliana and automobilia, to include signs, globes and oil bottles from the Ron Throckmorton collection, a great collection of Coca-Cola and soda-related items (like signs, thermometers and trays), country store items and more. Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 10 percent buyer’s premium.
The second top lot was a rare United Motors Authorized Service double-sided porcelain die-cut sign (“With Delco-Remy and Klaxon”). Rated 8.9 on both sides and measuring 17 inches by 18 inches, the sign brought $5,225. Also, a hard-to-find Ford Benzol For All Motor Cars Authorized Distributor double-sided porcelain sign, professionally restored, garnered $4,400.
A D-X 3-D identification porcelain sign, rated 9 with great gloss and color and measuring 40 inches by 78 inches, realized $3,300. The superb piece came out of a collection in Kansas. Also, a ‘Standard’ Motor Gasoline Polarine Oil double-sided porcelain sign (for Standard Oil of New Jersey), 30 inches tall and both sides rated 8.5 with fine gloss and color, coasted to $3,190.
A pair of Texaco stained-leaded glass lenses in a metal body, with the distinctive Texaco “star” logo, fetched $3,080. The 14-inch display lens was rated 9, while the reverse lens was rated 7.5. The globe was in need of cleaning. Also, an Oak Motor Oil double-sided porcelain curb sign with base, having tree graphics and standing 20 inches tall, rated 8, went for $2,310.
A Mobo Auto Body Polish (“The Lustre Lasts”) cardboard stand-up (circa 1925-1935), with a