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.
Oil”) double-sided porcelain sign with logo, rated 9 and 8.75, 24 inches in diameter, with both sides showing nice gloss and color, should hit $15,000-$20,000.
Another lot deserving special mention is an original Auburn Sales and Service porcelain flange sign, rated 9.5, 15 inches by 22 inches and with excellent gloss and color (est. $10,000-$15,000). “This is an authentic Auburn flange sign,” Dan Matthews said. “Most of the Auburn signs you see are flat, single-sided reproduction signs. But this one is guaranteed the real deal.”
Certain to attract keen bidder interest is a set of five Weed (tire) Chains signs and displays, to be sold in single lots (est. $3,500-$4,500 each). One is tin with a wood back and shows the price of gasoline for that day (19 cents!), one proclaims “Chains are as necessary as gasoline!” and one shows early auto graphics on a cardboard display with the words “Bar None.”
A half-dozen highly collectible neon signs have pre-sale estimates of $10,000-$25,000 each. They include a Mother Penn Motor Oil single-sided porcelain sign with logo, mounted on a can and rated 9; a Chevrolet Service single-sided porcelain sign, also mounted on a can, rated 9; and a Buick Authorized Service single-sided porcelain sign, mounted on a can and also rated 9.
From the same group of neon signs: a United Motor Service single-sided porcelain oval sign with touring car silhouette, rated 8.9 and measuring 21 inches by 36 inches; a Packard Approved Service single-sided porcelain sign mounted on a can, 60 inches in diameter, rated 9; and a Pegasus (Mobil) single-sided porcelain sign, 29 inches by 36 inches and rated well at 9.
Five double-sided porcelain bus station signs, made circa 1920s-1950s, are expected to hit $7,500-$15,000 each. They are for the Peerless Stages Bus Depot, the Pickwick Greyhound Lines Ticket Office, the Greyhound Lines Ticket Office, the Pacific Greyhound Lines Depot and the Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway Company. All feature great early bus station graphics.
Seven mid-20th century Allen-Morrison Company single-sided tin signs that were prototypes never brought into production carry pre-sale estimates of $1,500-$3,500 each. They are for Texaco Airplane Oil, Gulf Supreme Motor Oil, Marathon Penn Motor Oil (two), Wolf’s Head Pennsylvania Water White Empire Kerosene, Cities Service Motor Oil and New Mobilgas.
Quart oil cans – some filled with oil and some not – should command $500-$1,200 each. Brands include Polly Penn and Polly Premium, Power-Lube, Tiopet, Vanderbilt, Silent Chief, Red Hat, Big Chief, Gilmore Golden Lion, Fleetwood, Husky, Airman, McCoy’s Pride and Sta-Lube Racing. In all there are 17 of these oil quarts. All 17 will be snapped up by eager collectors.
The venue for the auction (same as for the Chicagoland show) is located off exit 327 of Interstate 57. After leaving the interstate, follow the signs east. If you cross the railroad tracks, you’ve gone too far. The address is 710 West Street in Peotone. For GPS, the zip code is 60468.
For those unable to attend in person, Internet bidding will