Oldsmobile "rocket" porcelain sign blasts off for $6,050 at Matthews Auctions An Oldsmobile double-sided porcelain “Rocket” sign, the one that hung under the regular Oldsmobile sign to advertise the auto maker's “rocket” engines, sold for $6,050 at an auction held Nov. 23-25.
In the toys category, a Dale Evans “Queen of the West” official holster outfit, new in the box, rated 9 (box is rated 7), die-cast and leather, with guns and holster in very good condition, hit the mark for $715; and a “Have Gun, Will Travel” die-cast and leather travel holster set, with an image of actor Richard Boone on the box, new in the box, made by Halco, commanded $633.
Also, an official “Bat Masterson” cartridge-loading toy pistol with removable chambers, die-cast, new in the box with the gun never-before used, in fair condition, made by Carnell Mfg., went for $440. As for real firearms, a World War II commemorative Thompson 45-caliber semi-automatic rifle with 18-inch barrel, rated new, with no wear on the never-fired gun, made $1,430.
Matthews Auctions, LLC will hold live online-only auctions in December, January and February, before its next live audience sale, slated for Feb. 19-20, 2013 in Raymond, also at the gallery of Gavin Pope Auction. Headlining the auction will be antique and modern toys, plus petroliana items, glassware, pottery, decorative accessories and other items yet to be secured.
Matthews Auctions, LLC is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. 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 directly to Dan Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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