Beacon Ethyl Gasoline sign could fetch $40,000-$60,000 at Matthews Auctions, Oct. 17-18 in Peotone A rare Beacon Ethyl Gasoline single-sided porcelain sign with a die-cut lighthouse-shaped design is expected to fetch $40,000-$60,000 at the Fall Peotone Petroliana & Automobilia Auction in Illinois.
News-Antique.com - Sep 26,2013 - (PEOTONE, Ill.) – A rare Beacon Ethyl Gasoline single-sided porcelain sign with a die-cut lighthouse-shaped design, made around 1940 and in remarkable condition (rated 9 out of 10) is expected to command $40,000-$60,000 at the Fall Peotone Petroliana & Automobilia Auction slated for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17-18, by Matthews Auctions, LLC, based in Nokomis, Ill.
The two-day event will be held in Peotone, Ill., prior to the beginning of the Chicagoland Petroleum & Advertising Show held twice a year, always in Peotone. The action will kick off on Thursday evening, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. (CST), with 200 lots of petroliana (gas station collectibles) and automobilia. Another 450 lots will cross the block on Friday, Oct. 18, starting at 11:30 a.m.
The Beacon Ethyl Gasoline sign – measuring 48 inches by 30 inches and boasting great gloss and color – is similar to one Matthews Auctions sold at the Peotone auction this past spring (Feb. 28-Mar. 1). The one in this sale, though, is seen as a superior example. It is the expected top lot of the auction, although other pieces in the sale carry pre-sale estimates nearly as high.
One is an exceedingly rare Rickenbacker Authorized Flat Rate Service double-sided porcelain sign (est. 25,000-$35,000). The sign says, “A car worthy of its name,” a reference to the auto maker’s famous founder, Eddie Rickenbacker, the highly decorated World War I flying ace. The sign, rated a high 9+, shows the firm’s iconic logo and measures 16 inches by 30 inches.
Another is a scarce double-sided porcelain die-cut sign for Rand McNally Official Hotel, with a graphic of a Native American drawing on a wall (est. $25,000-$30,000). The sign, rated 9, measures 17 inches by 14 inches and features super gloss and color, with just a few chips at the top edge. It is the most common of the five types produced, and was probably made in the 1920s.
Vying for top lot honors will be a Clipper Gasoline double-sided porcelain sign, oval and vertical in shape and impressive at 60 inches by 30 inches (est. $30,000-$40,000). “This is one of the hardest petroliana signs to find,” said Dan Matthews of Matthews Auctions. “I know of only two that sold privately in the past five years and they were in the same condition or maybe less.”
A Wyeth Tires single-sided porcelain curved shield-shaped sign, rated near-mint at 9+ and showing a whimsical graphic of a boy in early driving gear sitting in a stack of tires, has a pre-sale estimate of $20,000-$25,000. The 22 inch by 18 inch sign is marked “Wyeth Hdwe. & Mfg. Co., St. Joseph, Mo.” and “Burdick Consumer Building, Chicago and Beaver Falls, Pa.”
A Mohawk Gasoline single-sided tombstone-shaped neon sign mounted on a can, rated 9, 52 inches by 44 inches and with a graphic of an Indian with a single feather, with the can new and the neon in working condition, should make $20,000-$30,000; and an Oilzum Motor Oils (“The Cream of Pure Pennsylvania