Morphy Auctions

2000 North Reading Road, Denver, Pennsylvania 17517

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Morphy Auctions in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and Las Vegas, NV has become one of the great success stories of the antiques auctions trade. Founded by Dan Morphy in 1997. Morphy’s has realized meteoric growth and set numerous world antique auction records in many categories, while attracting a global following of buyers that grows exponentially with each successive sale.

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  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Motorheads: Get your kicks at Morphy’s high-octane July 11 Automobilia & Petroliana Auction

    Featured: Mobil Pegasus porcelain neon sign, Musgo, Aerio 70, Sunset De Luxe and Gilmore ‘Lion’ gas pump globes; service station rarities, plus soda pop signs and vending machines  Outstanding Mobil Pegasus rotator neon sign comprised of two single-sided figural porcelain neon signs. Lights up beautifully around the entire perimeter of the sign and on the iconic flying horse’s wings. AGS-certified and graded 83/84. Size: 72in x 15½in x 85in. Estimate: $50,000-$100,000 DENVER, Pa. – America is a land of cars, and from coast to coast there are diehard motorheads – collectors of auto, gasoline and oil-related advertising – who consider Morphy’s exciting Automobilia & Petroliana auctions to be their own personal Disneyland. They’re already checking out the Pennsylvania company’s next tempting array of motoring-related collectibles, which will roll across the auction block on Thursday, July 11. The 650-lot selection features choice advertising signs, rare gas pumps and globes; oil cans, and eye-catching display pieces. The sale also includes the types of colorful soda pop signs and wall clocks that would have adorned roadside diners back when Route 66 was the way westward-bound drivers “got their kicks.”  The star of the show is an absolutely outstanding Mobil Pegasus porcelain rotator neon sign sized 72 by 85 inches, and 15½ inches deep. Comprised of two single-sided figural porcelain neon signs, it lights up beautifully around its entire perimeter as well as on the mythological flying horse’s wings. Everyone knows the Mobil Pegasus, and this ready-to-hang sign shows the popular brand mascot at its very best. Importantly, it is AGS-certified and graded 83/84 (per side). Strong competition and a winning bid of $50,000-$100,000 are expected on auction day.  Ask any petroliana collector which rare sign they would most love to acquire and there’s a high likelihood they would say the circa-1940s Harbor Petroleum Products sign with the appealing seaplane-on-water graphic. Morphy’s is pleased to offer an exceptional example of the single-sided porcelain sign in 8.75 condition. Its unbeatable color palette combines Pacific blue, orange and yellow, with the seaplane presented in an oval cartouche as though it were a fine painting. Exhibiting high…

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    Glittering designer jewels, Tiffany lamps and a thrilling Wurlitzer Pianorchestra were crowd-pleasers at Morphy’s Fine & Decorative Arts sale

    Above-estimate prices paid for book examples of decorative art, including circa-1906 Paul Dachsel ‘experimental’ Amphora vase and circa-1900 Zsolnay iridescent vase designed by Lajos Mack Tiffany Studios ‘Peony’ leaded-glass lamp with multicolored background of mottled cobalt blues and streaked sky blues. Extensive multicolored confetti glass with wonderful transparency. Blossoms comprising numerous types of Tiffany glass, including granite-backed reds and highly mottled opalescent whites. Shade and base are signed by Tiffany. Provenance: shade formerly in Minna Rosenblatt collection; base previously sold at Sotheby’s. Sold within estimate range for $110,700 DENVER, Pa. – Stunning jewels, art-glass lamps, a Wurlitzer Pianorchestra and a 1906 Amphora vase whose design foretold the future were among the highlights of Morphy’s June 11-12 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. The $1.53 million sale offered bidders a widely varied choice with prized examples from many of today’s most popular collecting categories. Twenty-five lamps by Tiffany Studios led the colorful parade of antique lighting. In addition to the coveted Tiffanys, there were scores of beautiful leaded and reverse-painted lamps by Handel, Duffner & Kimberly, and Pairpoint. The 72-lot group was crowned by a Tiffany “Peony” table lamp whose shade featured a medley of multicolored confetti glass, blossoms crafted from numerous types of Tiffany glass – including granite-backed reds and highly mottled opalescent whites – against a multicolored background of mottled cobalt and streaked sky-blue glass. Both the Peony shade and base were signed by Tiffany. The shade boasted illustrious provenance, having once been in the collection of Minna Rosenblatt (1944-2008); while the lamp’s base was previously acquired at a Sotheby’s auction. Ms Rosenblatt owned a premier Madison Avenue (NYC) antiques gallery for 35 years and was one of the influential dealers who fostered the 1950s revival of Tiffany lamps and other Art Nouveau glass. The stellar Peony lamp presented by Morphy’s sold within estimate for $110,700. Peonies also featured prominently in a monumental Duffner & Kimberly leaded-glass table lamp. Mounted on a 32-inch-tall Duffner & Kimberly base, the shade was ablaze with color. Its lush, deep-red peonies against a warm yellow ground with multi-hued green leaves, was further beautified by…

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    Thirst-quenching rarities underscored Morphy’s $1.4M Soda Pop & Advertising Auction in Las Vegas

    Unique Pabst Breweries porcelain and neon sign lit up the June 7-8 sale with a winning bid of $27,060, more than four times the high estimate Completely original double-sided porcelain neon Pabst sign in brilliant primary colors and marked ‘ACME CHICAGO.’ Graded 9.5 on both sides. Size: 60in x 42in x 16in. Against a $2,000-$6,000 estimate, it was the top lot of the sale, achieving $27,060. LAS VEGAS – On June 7-8 at their Las Vegas gallery, Morphy’s popped the cap off an effervescent selection of vintage soda pop signs and other colorful advertising pieces at a spirited auction that totaled $1.4 million. The 1,329-lot sale was led by a gorgeous all-original porcelain and neon Pabst Breweries sign that attracted strong collector attention at the preview and went on to sell for more than four times the high estimate. The glossy double-sided Pabst sign, marked “ACME CHICAGO” and executed in brilliant primary colors, showed off unique Pabst graphics and time-defying fine condition. Critically graded 9.5 on both sides, the 60-inch by 42-inch dazzler simply could not be faulted. It retained its original bubble, glass, inserts and “can.” The sign’s origin was documented by the original stamped metal tag reading “Local Union 15 International Association Of Sheetmetal Workers” and a second metal tag that was numbered “10720.” Entered with a $2,000-$6,000 estimate, it racked up 29 bids before claiming top-lot honors at $27,060. Early soda fountain syrup dispensers found favor with collectors and included a stunning example of a hard-to-find Hires Root Beer ceramic dispenser with graphics of the company’s mascot, known as the “Ugly Kid.” Created by the esteemed German ceramics company Villeroy & Boch, the 19-inch dispenser was marked by the manufacturer and displayed excellent grade-9 condition, with the original metal spigot and lid still intact. It sold near the midpoint of its estimate range for $18,450. A rare circa-1896 ceramic syrup dispenser made by Wheeling Pottery Co., was an example of the first style of dispenser ever released by the king of soft drinks, Coca-Cola. The highly sought-after 21-inch-tall soda fountain antique caught bidders’ attention because it is…

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    Morphy’s June 11-12 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction offers luxe jewelry, paintings, Amphora pottery and 25 Tiffany lamps including magnificent ‘Peony’

    Also featured: 18K gold, emerald and diamond necklace, extremely rare Duffner & Kimberly ‘Viking’ lamp, avant-garde Paul Dachsel ‘Cactus’ vase made circa 1906, Rolex and other luxury watches 18K white gold, emerald and diamond necklace. Nine graduated emerald-cut emeralds with total weight of 49.20cts (largest stone measuring 15.4mm x 7.0mm), and 640 brilliant-cut diamonds with total weight of 8.91cts. Overall clasped length 17.5in. Gross weight: 57.5g. Marked ‘Oscar Friedman 18K EM29.51ct D5.68ct’ under clasp. Accompanied by original GemAssure Gemological Appraisals Report. Estimate: $20,000-$40,000 DENVER, Pa. – Exquisite jewelry and watches, 35 pieces of early Amphora pottery, and 25 exceptional Tiffany Studios lamps lead the select array of fine and decorative art to be auctioned by Morphy’s on June 11-12, 2024. All items in this sale – from breathtaking diamonds and Rolex watches to antique maps and 170 fancifully-carved walking sticks – have been examined, evaluated and cataloged by respected experts from Morphy’s team of seasoned professionals. The Pennsylvania gallery is beaming with rainbow colors from the auction’s 72 art glass lamps by Tiffany Studios, Handel, Pairpoint, Duffner & Kimberly and other acclaimed manufacturers of the early 20th century. Tiffany lamps, in particular, are regarded as American treasures, and over the years, Morphy’s has auctioned some of the finest fresh-to-market examples of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s work. The 25 Tiffany creations chosen for the June 11-12 sale will delight even the most discerning connoisseur, starting with an absolutely stunning “Peony” leaded-glass lamp. This glorious top-tier table lamp dazzles with its multicolored background of mottled cobalt and streaked sky blues, medley of multicolored confetti glass, and blossoms crafted from numerous types of Tiffany glass, including granite-backed reds and highly mottled opalescent whites. Both the Peony shade and base are signed by Tiffany, with illustrious provenance adding to their desirability. The 22-inch (diameter) shade was formerly in the collection of Minna Rosenblatt (1944-2008), while the lamp’s base was previously acquired at a Sotheby’s auction. Ms Rosenblatt owned a premier Madison Avenue (NYC) antiques gallery for 35 years and was one of the influential dealers who fostered the 1950s revival of Tiffany lamps and other…

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    Cool off at Morphy’s refreshing June 7-8 Soda Pop & Antique Advertising Auction in Las Vegas

    Sensational Hires Root Beer ceramic soda fountain set manufactured by Villeroy & Boch and believed to be a sole survivor is expected to sell for $40,000-$80,000 Incredible and early Hires Root Beer set consisting of ceramic dispenser, platter and three mugs, all with imagery of ‘Ugly Kid’ brand mascot. Made by Villeroy & Boch (Germany). Possibly the only set of its type in existence and arguably the ultimate root beer collectible. Estimate: $40,000-$80,000 LAS VEGAS – Soda fountain memorabilia is pure American nostalgia, harkening back to a time when the local soda shop or drug store was the place where everyone went to socialize over light refreshment. Beverage brands were fiercely competitive marketers, providing lavish ceramic syrup dispensers and vibrantly colorful advertising signage to establishments where their products were sold. Those promotional items are now the objects of their own competition, at high-profile soda pop and antique advertising auctions like the one Morphy’s will conduct on June 7-8 in Las Vegas. The 1,329-lot sale includes not only beverage-related items but also signage, display items and fountain accessories for various ice cream brands. In addition, there are advertising clocks, radios, a Seeburg jukebox, vending machines, seltzer bottles and more. The top-estimated lot is a Hires Root Beer set described by Morphy’s advertising specialist Dan Morris as “perhaps the pinnacle of Hires Root Beer advertising items.” The set consists of a ceramic dispenser, platter and three mugs, all adorned with images of the brand’s mascot known as the “Ugly Kid.” Made by the esteemed German ceramics firm Villeroy & Boch, it is quite possibly the only set of its type in existence and comes to auction with expectations of reaching $40,000-$80,000. Another coveted Hires piece is the rare and stunning double-sided cardboard string hanger sign emblazoned with the slogan “Hires – The Only Relief For A Thirsty World.” It is designed as a circular replica of the world with anthropomorphic features drinking from a mug of root beer held by the “Ugly Kid.” A storied piece of Hires Root Beer history, the heavy paper “fan-pull” sign has eluded collectors for years. Clean…

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    Morphy’s lively Las Vegas Coin-op & Antique Advertising Auction closes nears $4M mark

    Top lots: Caille Bros Musical Triple Eclipse upright slot machine, $147,600; figural Mr Peanut point-of-purchase roaster/dispenser, $135,300; Caille Bros Loving Cup dual-wheel slot machine, $79,950 Extremely rare Caille Bros (Detroit) musical Triple Eclipse upright slot machine comprising three separate machines (5¢, 50¢, 5¢) in one stunning oak cabinet. Serial No. 121, the earliest of four extant examples of this model. Provenance includes Dobby Doc collection amassed in the 1930s/’40s and discovered in a Nevada warehouse in the late 1960s. Sold for $147,600 LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Morphy’s April 11-13, 2024 Coin-Op & Antique Advertising sale brought old-school fun to Las Vegas and reaped the rewards with a full house of motivated collectors and $3,936,000 in winning bids (inclusive of 23% b.p.). According to Morphy Auctions co-founder and president Dan Morphy, post-auction purchases are expected to add even more bounce to the three-day result and will likely push the grand total well beyond the $4 million mark. The auction’s top-estimated and ultimately top-selling lot was an extremely rare Caille Bros (Detroit) musical “Triple Eclipse” upright slot machine whose design encases three separate machines in one handsome oak cabinet. The horizontally-arranged slots accept 5¢, 50¢ and 5¢ coins, respectively. Dan Morphy explained, “The Triple Eclipse was an ingenious design. With three separately-functioning machines in one unit, an operator could save money because he would only have to buy one gambling-machine license, not three.” An artistic masterpiece with all-original castings and most of its original nickel plating, the Triple Eclipse was made sometime between 1902 and 1904. Following its period of service as a public gambling device, the machine joined the fabled Dobby Doc collection, which was amassed in the 1930s and ’40s and lay dormant until it was discovered in a Nevada warehouse in the late 1960s. A breathtaking combination of artistry and early technology, with the serial number 121 confirming it to be the earliest of only four known survivors of its type, it cashed out at $147,600. Also from Caille Bros, a circa-1910 “Loving Cup” dual-wheel slot machine – similar to the manufacturer’s “Silver Cup” model – displayed original wheels…

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    Auction company CEO and antique advertising expert Rich Penn joins Morphy Auctions in newly-created role of Market Development Officer

    Morphy’s to launch series of auctions featuring Rich and Sharon Penn’s exceptional personal collection of antique advertising and country store antiques, Dec. 6-8, 2024 in Las Vegas Rich Penn, who joins Morphy Auctions in the newly-created role of Market Development Officer, and his wife Sharon Penn. Photo by Kodi Steffen DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, announced today that renowned Iowa auction company CEO and antique advertising specialist Rich Penn has joined Morphy’s in the newly-created role of Market Development Officer. From his base in Waterloo, Iowa, Penn will work in tandem with Morphy’s marketing team, which is led by Chief Operating Officer and Director of Marketing Les Jones, and advise on the latest technological innovations as they apply to the auction process. Additionally, he will liaise with consignors whose collections incorporate a broad range of categories, including antique advertising, toys and country store antiques; classic cars and petroliana; sports memorabilia, and other collectibles categories.  “I believe every aspect of an auction house’s operation should be customer-driven. Dan and I operate very similarly in that regard. His sales and ours cover a lot of the same ground, and importantly, our business principles are very similar,” Rich Penn said. “Both of our companies are known for their integrity and attentive customer service throughout the auction process. We do things in a first-class manner or not at all. In my new role, I especially look forward to working with clients and making sure their collections are given the marketing attention they deserve and that we deliver maximum auction results for them.” Dan Morphy said: “I have known Rich Penn and his wife, Sharon, for almost 20 years. I have always admired, respected and, in many ways, learned from their savvy approach to marketing and advertising. Their dealings with customers, both at the buying and selling end, have always been conducted at the highest level. I am proud to say that their methods influenced the way I built my own business. I would also add that when it comes to meeting with potential consignors and crafting proposals, you…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Morphy Auctions is ready to entertain with rare antique coin-ops and advertising signs, April 11-13 in Las Vegas

    Caille Bros Musical Triple Eclipse upright slot machine from 1960s ‘Dobby Doc’ Nevada warehouse find leads stellar lineup with $150K-$300K estimate Very Rare 5¢, 50¢, 5¢ Caille Bros. Musical Eclipse Triplet Upright Slot Machine DENVER, Pa. – At the turn of the 20th century, coin-operated machines could be found nearly everywhere, from arcades and boardwalks to hotel lobbies and bars. They stood ready to entertain, dispense a treat, tell a fortune or offer patrons a chance to win a jackpot, all for the cost of a penny, nickel or quarter. But it will take much more than pocket change to take home one of the fabulous treasures of that era offered in Morphy’s April 11-13 Coin-Op & Antique Advertising Auction. The 1,919-lot sale, which is chock-full of rarities from acclaimed collections, will be held at Morphy’s spacious Las Vegas gallery, with all forms of remote bidding also available, including live online through Morphy Live.  The diverse selection features beautiful gambling, vending, music and pinball machines, plus a spectacular array of antique advertising. Categories represented within the 1,225 lots of advertising signage and related items include tobacco, alcoholic beverages, snacks and gum; barber shop, general store, circus/carnival and many more. The sale’s top-estimated lot figures prominently in Nevada’s long gambling tradition. It is a rare and highly sought-after Caille Bros Musical Triple Eclipse upright slot machine whose design incorporates three separate machines – accepting 5¢, 50¢ and 5¢ respectively – in one stunning oak cabinet. An artistic masterpiece with its all-original castings and most of its original nickel plating, the unit was made sometime between 1902 and 1904. It is marked with Serial No. 121, confirming it is the earliest of only four extant examples of this particular model. Following its period of service as a gambling device, the machine became part of the fabled Dobby Doc collection, which was amassed in the 1930s and ’40s and lay dormant until it was discovered in a Nevada warehouse in the late 1960s. A breathtaking production in working order, the Caille Musical Triple Eclipse even retains its Yale locks and keys. The pre-sale…

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    All roads led to Vegas for Morphy’s smash $4.26M Automobilia & Petroliana Auction

    Neon ruled: Polly Gas sign featuring company’s parrot mascot left its perch at $138K, while a stunning Mohawk Gasoline sign with a Native-American motif commanded $105K Polly Gas Porcelain Neon Sign W Original Metal Can. LAS VEGAS – America’s entertainment mecca – Las Vegas – is known for its dazzling neon, and not just outdoors. Fabulous vintage neon signs to rival anything on the megawatt Vegas Strip towered above the selection of high-octane advertising at Morphy’s $4.26 million Automobilia, Petroliana & Railroadiana Auction, February 24-25. The 1,247-lot sale, conducted at the Pennsylvania auction company’s West Coast satellite gallery, offered the best of the best, with most of the major pieces expertly assessed and pre-certified by Authentication & Grading Services (AGS). The rainbow array of neon signage was led by a Polly Gas porcelain sign that illuminated in three colors and featured its endearing parrot mascot on her perch, with one foot lifted up. The 96-inch-long sign had never been removed from its original can and was AGS-certified and graded 82. Collectors knew it was one “rare bird” and competed aggressively to own it. In the end, pretty Polly flew off to a new owner who paid $138,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $60,000-$100,000. Another sought-after highlight was an outstanding Mohawk Gasoline porcelain neon sign designed in a cathedral shape with a Native American brave shown in profile. Colorful and glossy, the sign was AGS-certified and graded 90. It sold for a strong $105,000 against an estimate of $30,000-$60,000. There was more neon excitement to follow. A rare double-sided porcelain neon sign for GMC Trucks, complete with its bullnose attachment, paired pink neon with two unusual shades of green that were consistent with its Art Deco style. With sides graded 90 and 89 respectively, the 85-inch by 47-inch dealership advertisement sped to a closing bid of $56,580 against an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.  Another dealership sign that found favor was a rare and outstanding Ford porcelain-script three-dimensional neon sign. Its only message was “Ford,” and that’s all it had to say at a massive 111 inches wide by 42 inches high. It…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Star Wars figures, sports cards and antique toys landed in the top 10 at Morphy’s fun-filledFeb. 14-16 auction

    Lot of 5 exotic Spanish Star Wars figures brought the force, going 22 times high estimate; Lionel Mickey Mouse Circus Train set originally priced at $2 glides to $10,765 Lionel Pre-war O Gauge Mickey Mouse Circus Train Set In Original Box W Accessories DENVER, Pa. – Toys and banks of a century ago joined contemporary pop-culture classics at the top of prices realized, February 14-16 at Morphy Auctions. The Pennsylvania company’s 1,425-lot Toys & Collectibles sale incorporated virtually every category sought after by today’s toy enthusiasts, from pressed-steel automotive, European tin windups and cast-iron mechanical banks to postwar Japanese robots and Star Wars collectibles. To no one’s surprise, Stars Wars figures and vintage sports cards attracted knowledgeable bidders who pushed prices into the five-figure range. The top lot of the sale was a group of five scarce Spanish carded Star Wars figures from Kenner’s Empire Strikes Back series. “The more unusual, the better collectors like them,” said Tommy Sage Jr., Head of Morphy’s Toy Division. “That includes any Star Wars figures that are of foreign manufacture.” The lot consisted of the characters Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Denjar, and two favorites identified by their Spanish names: “Luke Caminacielos” (Luke Skywalker) and “Erredos-de-Dos” (R2-D2). All of the figures were in VG condition and sealed in plastic on their original cards. The group lot was bid to $13,530, more than 22 times its high estimate of $600. Of the individual figures offered, the one attracting the most interest was a 1979 Kenner Star Wars Boba Fett 21 Back-C action figure in mint condition, encapsulated in a new-style case. The silent and mysterious Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett is one of the most captivating of all characters in the vast Star Wars universe. AFA graded 80, the figure offered by Morphy’s sold for a strong $7,995. Another outer space dweller, a very rare Alps battery-operated Missile Robot strode across the auction block in outstanding – possibly unused – condition. The 15-inch missile-shooting robot presented in perfect order with its original dish antenna and original pictorial box with factory cardboard inserts. Against a $3,000-$6,000 estimate, the…

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    Automobilia and petroliana collectors can fill ’er up at Morphy’s Feb. 24-25 auction in Las Vegas

    1,247-lot sale features porcelain and neon signs; gas pumps and globes; service station display items and wall clocks; 85 vintage oil cans + 68 lots of railroadiana Clipper Gasoline Porcelain Sign With Airplane Graphic. LAS VEGAS – It’s time for automobilia and petroliana collectors to rev up their engines and head for Las Vegas, where Morphy’s will host an exciting February 24-25 auction of antique and vintage gas- and oil-related memorabilia. The 1,247-lot sale lineup, with most major pieces certified and graded by AGS, includes exactly what today’s gearheads want. There are pristine porcelain and neon advertising signs, gas pumps and globes; 85 vintage oil cans, service station display items, logo’d wall clocks, plus 68 lots of railroadiana. Those who cannot attend the high-octane gathering at America’s entertainment capital have the option of bidding absentee, by phone, or live online through Morphy Live. The auction room will be ablaze with color from rare early signs like a coveted Clipper Gasoline (Independent Petroleum Co., Portland, Ore.) oval porcelain sign emblazoned with an iconic airplane graphic and artistic italicized lettering. A sizable 60 inches long by 35 inches wide, the sign has been AGS-certified, with its sides graded 87 and 79, respectively. The auction estimate is $30,000-$60,000. Other top highlights within the 721-lot selection of signs include three round examples with irresistible eye appeal: a double-sided Frontier Gas “Rarin’ To Go’ sign with the company’s iconic cowboy-on-rearing-horse graphic, estimated at $40,000-$80,000; an exceptionally fine and rare circa-1930s Houston Gasoline sign depicting Texas hero General Sam Houston on horseback, $30,000-$40,000; and a double-sided Sinclair Aircraft porcelain sign with a central image of an early monoplane, $25,000-$50,000. One of the premier neon signs chosen for the auction is a beautiful 54-inch by 42-inch Mohawk Gasoline porcelain neon sign of cathedral shape with a Native American brave shown in profile. Exhibiting very good color and gloss throughout, this most-wanted sign is AGS-certified and graded 90. The pre-sale estimate is $30,000-$60,000. Pets are always allowed in a petroliana collection, especially when the subject is the beloved parrot mascot for Polly Gas. Adding its star power to…

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    Morphy’s February 14-16 Toys & Collectibles Auction offers pleasing variety of American, Japanese and European favorites, from Bing boats to Barbies

    Sports memorabilia section led by extremely rare BBCE-authenticated 1976/’77 Topps ‘Hockey’ wax case with four factory-sealed boxes, each containing 36 bubble gum picture-card packs 197677 Topps Hockey Factory Sealed Wax Case (Bbce) DENVER, Pa. – It’s toy time at Morphy’s Pennsylvania gallery, where 1,425 lots of top-notch toys and collectibles will be auctioned in a three-day live event, February 14-16. Virtually every popular toy category is represented in the auction lineup, from classics like pressed-steel automotive, European tin windups and cast-iron mechanical banks to modern-era/vintage favorites such as postwar Japanese tin, Barbies and Star Wars collectibles. Additionally, the auction features coveted sports memorabilia – including cards, sneakers and autographed material – as well as a choice array of 200+ antique occupational shaving mugs.  More than 100 banks will cross the auction block, including 56 cast-iron mechanicals. Many favorites by J & E Stevens of Cromwell, Connecticut, are at the forefront. A near-mint “Bad Accident” bank with bright colors and 97% paint retains its original wood factory box and is estimated at $4,000-$8,000; while an excellent+ Boy Scout Camp bank with its original flag is estimated at $3,000-$6,000. The highest-estimated Stevens mechanical, at $10,000-$15,000, is a near-mint “Called Out” mechanical bank, which has a sentry theme and was assembled from very rare bronze patterns. One of very few known examples of a colorful German tin bank known as “Man in the Garden” is graded VG-excellent and is estimated at $4,000-$7,000. It was manufactured by the noted German firm Gerbruder Bing and depicts a hatted and aproned gentleman with a watering can, tending to his flowers. Bing is also represented within the sale’s approximately 50 European toy lots. A Bing 40-inch clockwork tin oceanliner with four stacks. The vessel is mostly original and has 10 lifeboats. It is marked with the ship’s name Keiser Wilhelm on both sides of the prow. In excellent condition, it is guided by a $3,000-$5,000 estimate. Lehmann, another revered German producer of tin toys, based many of their most popular designs on actual people Ernst Paul Lehmann encountered in everyday life or during his travels. His only…

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    Show-off! Spectacular Tiffany Studios ‘Peacock’ lamp flies to $307,500 at Morphy’s Dec. 18-19 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction

    Other highlights: Tiffany ‘Nasturtium’ lamp, $110,700 + ‘Daffodil’ lamp, $73,800; Amphora Crocodile vase, $31,980; 1851 $50 gold coin, $26,400; horse-drawn ambulance occupational shaving mug, $23,370 DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s gallery glowed with holiday spirit on December 18-19 as the Pennsylvania company presented the 2023 edition of its popular pre-Christmas Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. The impressive array of antiques and luxury goods offered top-tier choices from dozens of categories ranging from avant-garde European art pottery to 19th-century gold jewelry, marine paintings and scarce occupational shaving mugs. The final tally for the two-day sale was $2.1 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium. Tiffany Studios ‘Peacock’ leaded-glass table lamp on rare, matching ‘Peacock’ base. One of Tiffany’s most beloved and iconic glass patterns, with motif of peacock feathers with captivating ‘eyes.’ Signed shade and base. Excellent condition. Sold above high estimate for $307,500 During the auction preview, a full spectrum of brilliant hues beamed from the lineup of majestic Tiffany Studios leaded-glass lamps. At the pinnacle of the showy lighting group was a Tiffany Peacock table lamp on a rare, matching Peacock base. A beloved and iconic glass pattern, with a motif that replicates peacock feathers with mesmerizing “eyes,” Peacock features a background of deep, saturated purples that progress to softer lavenders and blues, ultimately terminating in emerald greens and yellows along the lower apron. In excellent condition and signed on both the shade and base, this breathtaking lamp sold comfortably above its high estimate for $307,500. Another top performer in the Tiffany Studios selection was a Nasturtium leaded-glass table lamp whose colorway incorporates some of Tiffany’s most complex types of glass, including streamer, confetti, ripple and drapery. Signed both on its shade and under its library base, the lamp garnered a within-estimate price of $110,700. Also having a fine day on the auction block, a Tiffany Studios Daffodil leaded-glass table lamp with a ribbon column and patinated bronze library base with onion-bulb pattern was signed on the shade, and both signed and stamped under the base. An additional stamped number to its underside suggested that the lamp was likely a showroom model.…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Morphy’s celebrates holiday season with opulent Dec. 18-19 auction of fine and decorative art, luxury goods

    Featured: Exquisite Tiffany Studios lamps, Rolex and other magnificent watches, jewelry, coins, rare Amphora, premier collections of antique maps, walking canes, occupational shaving mugs DENVER, Pa. – December is traditionally a time to decorate, entertain and display one’s best heirloom silver, crystal and other antique wares. Morphy’s captures the holiday spirit each year with a glittering pre-Christmas Fine & Decorative Arts Auction of choice and beautiful objects and artworks. All of their most-loved collector categories – from Tiffany Studios art glass to luxury watches – will take the spotlight at this year’s edition, scheduled for December 18 and 19. More than 1,200 lots will be offered, with several highlight collections, including walking sticks and canes; antique maps, art pottery, and occupational shaving mugs. Men’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual 40mm Cosmograph Daytona 18K gold and stainless-steel wristwatch with black dial. Circa 2019. Accompanied by box and papers. Estimate: $20,000-$25,000 Those seeking the ultimate in stocking stuffers are sure to find them within the 200+ lots of jewelry, watches and coins. Nearly two dozen Swiss wristwatches await bidders, including 12 superlative models by Rolex. A Rolex 18K white gold 36mm Day-Date watch with a meteorite diamond dial is estimated at $25,000-$35,000; while a circa-2019 Oyster Perpetual 40mm Cosmograph Daytona 18K gold and stainless-steel model with a black dial is entered with a $20,000-$25,000 estimate. Thirty-four pocket watches, with brand names including Hamilton, Waltham, and Elgin, will be ticking with precision during the opening session. Of special note is a 14K William B Miller private label gold quartz hunting-cased pocket watch with chain and fobs, made circa 1885, which is estimated at $10,000-$20,000. Seventy-seven lots of coins and currency will be auctioned. Highlights include several 19th-century $20 Gold Liberty coins and something extra special: an 1851 US $50 gold coin known as an Augustus Humbert 887, smoothed with VF details. This scarce coin has been PCGS authenticated and comes to auction with a $20,000-$30,000 estimate. Nearly 100 art glass lamps will welcome auction guests to Morphy’s gallery, with a radiant rainbow of colors emitted from designs by Duffner & Kimberly, Handel, Pairpoint and, of…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    $5.1M sale of coin-op & gambling machines, advertising and country store antiques marked Morphy Auctions’ triumphant return to Las Vegas

    Oct. 27-30 event was led by rare penny arcade ‘lung tester,’ upright double musical Puck and other Caille slot machines, Art Deco neon automotive signs, pre-Prohibition brewery signs LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Morphy Auctions has returned to Vegas, and West Coast collectors are loving it. After a four-year hiatus, the Pennsylvania company’s $5.1 million sale held at its new Vegas location on October 27-30 was the first step toward re-establishing Morphy’s presence in America’s entertainment capital. Motivated bidders, including many who have been loyal Morphy Auctions customers for years, came from literally all western states to attend the 2,214-lot sale of premium-quality coin-op and gambling machines, antique advertising and country store treasures.  “It was so refreshing to see so many old and new friends in attendance, and the energy and excitement of the sale went beyond anything witnessed since pre-COVID. With a profound exclamation point, it’s rewarding to simply say, we’re back!” said auction curator Tom Tolworthy. Those in attendance gave an enthusiastic thumbs up to Tolworthy’s confirmation that, going forward, the spacious new Las Vegas facility will serve as the permanent venue for all of Morphy’s popular Coin-Op & Antique Advertising sales. But that’s not all. In recognition of the West Coast’s dynamic car culture, a February 24-25 Automobilia & Petroliana auction has been added to the company’s Las Vegas calendar. The spectacular coin-ops that awaited bidders at the October sale formed a visual history of machines whose original purpose was to entertain, dispense goods or offer patrons the chance to hit a jackpot, all for the cost of a coin. More than 15 coveted upright slot machines highlighted the offering, including several early rarities manufactured by Caille Bros of Detroit, Michigan. Original circa-1904 Mills 1¢ novelty ‘Hats Off’ penny arcade lung tester with faces of eight different men whose tin (designed to replicate ‘straw’) hats can be blown off if user’s lung strength is sufficient. Message on front panel says ‘Come On Boys…Who Blows Best.’ Extremely rare; one of fewer than a handful known. Sold well above high estimate for $119,000 A circa-1903 Caille 5¢ and 25¢ double…