Beacon Ethyl Gasoline sign brings $55,000 at Matthews Auctions Oct. 17-18 sale in Peotone, Illinois A rare Beacon Ethyl Gasoline single-sided porcelain sign with a die-cut lighthouse-shaped design gaveled for $55,000 at a Fall Petroliana & Automobilia Auction held Oct. 17-18 in Peotone, Illinois.
Pure Pennsylvania Oil”) double-sided porcelain sign with logo, rated 9 and 8.75, 24 inches in diameter, with both sides showing nice gloss and color, went to a determined bidder for $27,500.
A set of five Weed (tire) Chains signs and displays were sold as single lots. One was a metal counter-top display with contents (chains, pliers, bags and more), in overall good condition (except for some minor wear). It brought $8,250. Also, a Mother Penn Motor Oil single-sided porcelain neon sign with logo, mounted on an original can, rated 9, changed hands for $16,500.
A Peerless Stages Bus Depot double-sided porcelain shield-shaped sign with great gloss and color and in super condition, measuring 36 inches by 31 inches, hammered for $33,000; and a Dodge Service double-sided porcelain sign with early “DB” (Dodge Brothers) logo, rated 8.75 and so scarce Dan Matthews said he’d never sold one before, went to a new owner for $7,150.
A Saxon Motor Car double-sided porcelain sign, rated 9 on one side and 8.9 on the other, 18 inches by 18 inches, marked Ohio Valley Enameling Co. (Huntington, W. Va.), with great graphics, garnered $19,800; and a Cadillac double-sided porcelain oval sign with crest logo, rated 9, 35 inches by 55 inches, with clean fields and very nice gloss and color, rose to $17,600.
A Paragon Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign with derrick, truck and refinery graphics and in the original ring, 26 inches in diameter and boasting good color and gloss, hit $16,500; and an original Auburn Sales & Service porcelain flange sign, rated 9.5, marked Veribrite Signs (Chicago) and the first time one has been sold by Matthews, made $14,800.
Matthews Auctions’ next big event will be the third annual Thanksgiving gun, antique advertising and petroliana sale, slated for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Raymond, Ill. Day one will feature guns, firearms advertising and coins, to include a collection of silver dollars (1880s-1920s); days two and three will have petroliana (including rare gas pumps), soda pop and country store items.
Dan Matthews has written a book about petroliana, titled The Fine Art of Collecting and Displaying Petroliana. For more information on how to order a copy, log on to the Matthews Auctions website, at www.matthewsauctions.com. Or, order a copy by calling 1-877-968-8880.
Matthews Auctions, LLC, is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item or a collection, you may call them at (217) 563-8880; or, you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Matthews Auctions and the upcoming Nov. 29-Dec. 1 auction in Raymond, Ill., log on to www.matthewsauctions.com.