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.
graphic of a man polishing an early sedan and measuring 40 inches by 20 inches, rated 8+ with great color, earned $2,640; and a Winchester double-sided tin sign with a Western graphic of a cowboy on horseback holding a 30-30 rifle, 38 inches tall and both sides rated 9, hit $2,200.
Two Trackage “Tank Car to Your Car” 13.5-inch lenses on a wide glass globe body, with rail tank car logo, the display lens rated 7.5 and the reverse lens rated 6.75, demanded $2,475, while a Shell Gasoline porcelain die-cut sign with red background, measuring 12 inches by 12 inches, with good gloss and color and marked “Made in the USA” at the bottom, brought $1,870.
An original Phillips 66 “Tires Batteries” double bubble clock with orange and black logo, 15 inches tall and rated 9, in good working condition, went to a determined bidder for $1,595, and a Coca-Cola “Take Home a Carton of Big Size Six-Pack” single-sided tin sign, with a fish-tail logo, measuring 28 inches by 20 inches, rated 9, marked “Robertson 1958,” rose to $1,045.
Matthews Auctions, LLC, has a full slate of auctions planned for the months ahead. First up is a pair of sales on consecutive days in California. On Saturday, April 16, a Spring 2011 Petroliana & Advertising Absolutes Auction will be held at the facilities of Redlands Antique Auction, at 1547 West Park Avenue in Redland. Two great collections have been consigned.
Then, on Sunday, April 17, Matthews Auctions, LLC will conduct an estate auction in Raymond, Calif., at 17117 Petrolia Court. It will feature Ford tractors, gas pumps, petroliana, signs, farm toys, lunch boxes, antiques and more. It is the estate of Jerry Schlumpberger. He and his wife Sharon started and ran the Body Works By Jerry auto body shop in Raymond, Calif.
On Saturday, June 25, Matthews Auctions, LLC will hold an auction that dovetails into the Check the Oil Show in Dublin, Ohio (at 5100 Upper Metro Place). The auction will feature pertroliana, automobilia and more. Finally, on Friday, Aug. 5, an auction preceding the Iowa Gas Show will be held in Des Moines, Iowa. It is typically Matthews Auctions LLC’s biggest and best show of the year. Featured will be hundreds of quality lots of petroliana and automobilia.
Matthews Auctions, LLC is always accepting quality consignments for future sales (and the firm is currently seeking consignments for the June auction in Ohio and the August auction in Iowa). To consign a single item, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them toll-free at (877) 968-8880, or you can send an e-mail to Dan Matthews, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Matthews is currently writing a book about petroliana, to be titled The Fine Art of Collecting Petroliana. The book is expected to be completed by June of this year. Watch the Matthews Auctions website for details on how to order. For more information about Matthews Auctions, LLC, and the calendar of upcoming events, log on to www.MatthewsAuctions.com.