McColl-Frontenac petroliana sign fetches $11,550 at Matthews Auctions' Check the Oil event, June 22 A McColl-Frontenac Products double-sided porcelain petroliana sign with “Red Indian” logo, rated near mint at 9.5, sold for $11,550 at a Check the Oil auction held June 22 by Matthews Auctions.
in super condition. Also, a Mobilheat (“Correct Fuel Oil For Home Heating”) double-sided porcelain shield-shaped sign with Pegasus logo garnered $3,575.
A Mobilgas Diesel single-sided porcelain shield-shaped sign, 12 inches by 12 inches, dated 1956 and marked “Made in the USA,” rated 9 and in very condition, found a new owner for $3,300; and a Mobil Aircraft single-sided shield-shaped sign with Pegasus graphic, also 12 inches by 12 inches, dated 1947 and in great overall condition, graded 9.5, breezed to $2,475.
A hard to find Standard Oil of Indiana “Clean Rest Room Award” double-sided porcelain die-cut sign, large at 51 inches by 15 inches and with great gloss and color, rated 9 with just some small chips around the perimeter, knocked down at $3,850; and a Shell Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign in a strap base, 24 inches by 24 inches, rated 9 on both sides, rose to $4,400.
A rarely seen Standard Oil of Indiana double-sided porcelain sign with flame logo, 35 inches by 37 inches, with the flame attachment at the top and in the original display bracket, rated a superlative 9+, commanded $3,850; and the same was realized for a Porsche Stuttgart single-sided porcelain die-cut sign with great color and gloss, 18 inches by 13 inches, rated 8.75.
A Gilmore Lion Head Motor Oil (“Look – The Most Highly Filtered Motor Oil in America”) single-sided tin sign, rated 7 with some fading and rust spots but a rare piece to find in any condition, hit $3,575; and a pair of Staroline & White Star Ethyl 15-inch lenses with logo in a metal globe body, rated 9.5 and 8.5, with the display side in great condition, rose to $2,750.
A Valvoline Pennsylvania Motor Oil double-sided tin sign with logo, rated 9.75, 30 inches in diameter, hit $3,300; a Sphinx Benzin Vacuum Oil Company porcelain flange sign with curb gas pump and globe graphics, rated 9 and 8.9, 16 inches by 30 inches, made $2,750; and a Pan-Am Motor Oils single-sided porcelain sign, 15 inches in diameter, rated 9+, realized $1,760.
Matthews Auctions has two big events planned. The first is the Petroliana & Automobilia Auction of Encore Classic, on Saturday, July 27, in Wichita, Kan., at 10 a.m. The second is an auction timed to coincide with the 2013 Iowa Gas Show in Des Moines, Ia. (Aug. 1-2). Featured will be petroliana (to include the second half of the big Mobil collection), automobilia and more.
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