Autopia Catalog Auction #3

February 16, 1996

copyright 1996 Petroleum Collectibles Monthly magazine

Washington based Autopia has completed another successful catalog auction, a sale which was heavy in petroleum collectibles, but included other advertising items such as Coca Cola and country store items. This was a very strong sale, with most items demanding top dollar. Several items though, including some of those listed below, were below market and could be considered a bargain for some fortunate collector. In the listings below, please note that non eof the prices here include the buyer's premium.

Among the most popular petroleum items are oil cans. Listed below are some highlights of the oil can sale pricing:Penn-Bee (with the bees) steel qt .$175, Pennzoil (with the DC3 airplane) steel qt. $120, Bisonoil (with the buffalo) steel qt. $150, Texaco Marine (with the harbor scene) steel qt. $140. Other can highlights included a generic half-gallon can with a race car for $325, and top dollar for can sales in this auction, a Silent Chief qt. that sold for $725.

The pricing ran the whole spectrum, from the fantastic can prices listed above, to the very reasonable $20 price on a pair of four ounce cans... an Esso lighter fluid can paired with an Enco Handy Oiler.

Among the strongest pricing of the entire auction was the bidding on several plastic gas pump salt and pepper shaker sets. Highlights of pricing on these items, which included some more common sets, are as follows: Shell $250, Conoco $55, and Standard with crown $250.

Gas pump globe pricing remained moderate, as this was not a particularly strong globe auction. Some highlights include: Atlantic Imperial on gill body $350, Hudson Regular on capco $1200, Flying A gasoline on glass $350.

The Autopia auctions have historically been considered sign auctions, and this one was no exception. An excellent assortment of fine porcelain and tin advertising pieces was available. Some highlights (and some sleepers) in this sale include:

Texaco Motor Oil 5" porcelain lubester sign $180Combination visible gas pump
and computer terminal

Texaco 8" logo sign $180

Socony Aircraft Oil lubester sign $275

Shell Gasoline pump plate $850

Atlantic Refining die-cut pump plate sign $375

Mobil dealer pledge sign $500

Signal 12" porcelain pump plate sign $575

DX Marine porcelain pump panel $180

Texaco Marine White porcelain pump plate $675

Texaco Diesel Chief tin litho pump plate $550

Pearl oil flange tin die-cut sign $500

Clean Clear Golden Texaco Motor Oil tombstone flange sign $1150

Shell Kerosene Range Oil porcelain panel sign $1150

Texaco 30" diameter Sky Chief tin curb sign dated 1939 $1350

Globe Gasoline 30" diameter red border tin curb sign $400

Beacon Oil 30" diameter porcelain curb sign $1150

Look for information on future Autopia Auctions in Petroleum Collectibles Monthly magazine.

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