1916 Harley-Davidson single-sided cardboard sign in great shape brings $8,800 at Matthews Auctions A 1916 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles single-sided cardboard sign rated 9+ out of 10 for condition and measuring 27 inches by 60 inches sold for $8,800 at an auction held Aug. 28 by Matthews Auctions.
AMA tour award, hand-painted ($2,090); a mirror in a wooden frame, advertising Indian “Moto-Cycles” and three other companies (one per side), 10 inches by 10 inches ($1,815); and an Indian Motorcycle double-sided felt banner, marked the Landrock Company, rated 7 ($1,265).
Top lots in the petroliana category included a Veltex (“100% Pennsylvania Motor Oil”) double-sided porcelain sign, rated 9+/8.9, 7 inches by 11 inches ($6,160); a Hancock Gasoline (“Early Rooster”) porcelain pump plate sign, with great gloss and color, rated 9+ ($6,050); and a Signal Diesel Fuel porcelain pump plate sign, rated 9, measuring 12 inches in diameter ($5,500).
Rounding out the other top achievers in the petroliana category, a Vico Motor Oil Pep 88 Gasoline porcelain pump plate sign with great color and gloss and rated near-mint at 9+, 10 inches in diameter, topped out at $4,675; and a Fortune Gasoline porcelain pump plate sign with Mercury holding a car logo, 12 inches in diameter, rated highly at 9, changed hands for $4,400.
Matthews Auctions' next big sale will be the 2013 Fall Peotone Petroliana & Automobilia Auction slated for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17-18, in Peotone, Ill. The event will be held prior to the start of the big Chicagoland Petroliana & Advertising Show, held twice a year in Peotone. Hundreds of lots of petroliana and automobilia, plus a few motorcycle items, will be offered.
Dan Matthews has written a book about petroliana, titled The Fine Art of Collecting Petroliana. For information on how to order a copy, please log on to the Matthews Auctions, LLC website, at www.matthewsauctions.com. For more information about Matthews Auctions, LLC, and the upcoming Oct. 17-18 sale in Peotone, please log on to www.matthewsauctions.com.