Beacon Security Gasoline porcelain die-cut sign fetches $55,000 at Matthews Auctions A Beacon Security Gasoline single-sided porcelain die-cut sign with lighthouse graphics, rated 9.5 out of 10 for condition, sold for $55,000 at an auction held Feb. 28-Mar. 1 by Matthews Auctions.
new car directly from the factory in Italy. The sign has the iconic Ferrari horse logo and was last bought in 1991.
Two lots logged identical prices of $8,800. The first was a circa 1920 Stutz Authorized Service Genuine Parts (“The Car That Made Good in a Day”) double-sided porcelain sign, rated 8.25 and 7.9, one of only a few known. The other was a Texaco (white-“T”) Marine Lubricants single-sided porcelain sign showing ships, sailboats, speedboats and gulls, rated 9, dated 3-47.
A Jenny Gasoline and Auto Oils 15-inch single lens in a new HP metal globe body, showing a factory scene and in very good condition, rated 9, with just a little minor rub, went for $7,975. Also, a Michelin Tires metal display holder and single-sided tin sign, showing Bibendum (“The Michelin Man”) holding and playing a drum, rated a near-mint 9+, topped out at $7,700.
A United Motor Service double-sided porcelain arrow-shaped die-cut sign with early touring car logo, both sides rated 9.5, 17 inches by 42 inches, a fine example but with a small bend in the arrow, climbed to $7,700; and an Americn-Bosch Sales & Service single-sided porcelain sign with logo, rated 9+ and 8.9, marked both sides “Made in USA,” realized $4,950.
A seldom-seen version of a Cletrac Crawler Tractors single-sided porcelain sign with Crawler graphics, rated 8.9 with some routine chips, 18 inches by 22 inches, hammered for $4,950; and a Seaside Gasoline double-sided porcelain die-cut triangular-shaped sign with seagull logo, 30 inches by 30 inches, a wonderful example rated 8.9, changed hands for $7,150.
An original and hard-to-find Porsche Stuttgart single-sided porcelain shield-shaped sign with crest, made circa 1960s, measuring 18 inches by 13 ½ inches, rated 9.5, breezed to $4,950; and a Francisco Auto Heater single-sided tin self-framed sign (“Summer Here All the Year”), 18 inches by 40 inches, rated 9.25, a great sign in excellent condition, changed hands for $7,150.
A DeVoe Motor Car Finish counter-top display with a single-sided tin sign and wooden display pieces, showing open car graphics and logos, rated 8, 18 inches by 17 inches by 5 inches, realized $4,950; and a pair of Pabst Blue Ribbon single-sided porcelain signs mounted back-to-back with lighted canopy showing original paint and glass panels “on draft”, rated 9+, hit $4,125.
A Certified Garages of America Association (“and Authorized Member by Invitation”) double-sided porcelain sign, rated 9.75, 23 inches by 18 inches, marked Baltimore Enamel, sold for $4,070; and a seldom-seen Hercules Gasoline 80 Special porcelain pump plate sign, rated 9.5, 12 inches in diameter, exhibiting super gloss and color, went to a determined bidder for $3,740.
On Wednesday, Apr. 3, Matthews Auctions, LLC will conduct an Internet-only auction, featuring around 250 lots of toys (many of them automobile-related) and gas station collectibles. Items already consigned include a Marx Sunnyside gas station with original car, Wyandott and Japanese tin litho toys and Metalcraft examples. The auction will get underway at 6 p.m. (CST).