Morphy Auctions

2000 North Reading Road, Denver, Pennsylvania 17517

About Auction House

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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  • People, Press Release
    Historical weapons expert Brian Manifor appointed Firearms Acquisitions & Promotions Specialist at Morphy Auctions

    A fifth-generation Californian and former USMC officer, Manifor will spearhead the Western states expansion of Morphy’s Firearms, Militaria & Edged Weapons Division DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, takes great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Brian Manifor to the position of Firearms Acquisitions & Promotions Specialist. For the past four years, Manifor has served as a consultant to Morphy’s, utilizing his exceptional knowledge of Gold Rush, Western and Indian relics and art. Brian Manifor, Morphy Auctions Firearms Acquisitions and Promotions Division specialist. Image provided by Morphy Auctions “As part of Morphy’s firearms expert team since 2018, I’ve focused on US martial long arms and pistols, cannons, frontier and Indian war items, US militaria from 1776 through 1945, and cowboy bits, spurs, bridles and saddles,” Manifor said. “I have a passion for deep historical research that articulates each item’s full story in a catalog description. It’s a commitment I find very rewarding because when you give bidders the background and details they want, they bid confidently, which serves to maximize the value for our consignors.” Manifor’s own lineage is steeped in red, white and blue. A fifth-generation Californian raised in the historic Gold Rush town of Nevada City, he can trace his family tree to immigrants who arrived on American shores in 1632. His sixth great-grandfather was Chief of Scouts for the famed Rogers’ Rangers during the French and Indian War and later fought at the Battle of Saratoga, with his son by his side. Manifor’s great-great-grandfather was with the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, part of the detachment that captured the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. More recently, his family has produced distinguished veterans of World War II, the Vietnam War and the global war on terror. Manifor, himself, is a retired US Marine Corps infantry officer, as well as a former police officer and deputy sheriff. Manifor earned a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Investigations and Management from California State University, Sacramento. He also attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia, and is a graduate of the San Diego…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Morphy’s August 9-10 Toys & Collectibles Auction yields bonanza of rare robots, space toys, banks, playsets, marbles, high-grade comic books & monster model kits

    Highlights: Electroman robot ($50K-$100K), boxed Machine Man robot, ($60K-$90K), ‘Seek Him Frisk’ mechanical bank ($40K-$80K), Mad Magazine #1 in comic book format ($9K-$14K) DENVER, Pa. – Many a great toy and bank collection is highlighted by rarities acquired from Morphy’s, which still holds the world record for the highest-grossing one-day toy auction of all time. Many would recall the record-setting event: Morphy’s 2007 sale of the legendary Stephen and Marilyn Steckbeck bank collection, which drew national TV crews to the Pennsylvania gallery and knocked down an astonishing $7.7 million. Circa-1960 Masudaya Machine Man Robot accompanied by original graphic box with inserts. One of very few known examples. From the famed Gang of Five robot series. Very Good to Excellent condition. Estimate $60,000-$90,000 Since then, Morphy Auctions has continued to bring exceptional toys to the marketplace with price points to please both advanced collectors and motivated beginners. The fun will continue on August 9-10, 2022, as Morphy’s hosts an exciting Toys & General Collectibles auction featuring the types of antique and vintage toys and banks that are most desired by today’s collectors. In addition to live bidding at the gallery, all remote forms of bidding are welcome, including absentee, by phone, and live via the Internet through Morphy Live.  An overview of the sale reveals 200+ mechanical and still banks; 100 playsets, 100 robots and space toys; 50 pressed-steel trucks, trains and pedal cars; Japanese die-cast character toys, a curated collection of marbles, 20 high-grade comic books, a collection of travel agency-type metal display airplanes, and much more. The wide-ranging robot category features outstanding examples from the famed Simeone collection, which was exhibited in Italy and illustrated in a companion book several years ago. “We’re very pleased to be able to include some of the best robots in our August sale,” said Tommy Sage Jr, Head of Morphy Auctions’ Toy & Doll Division. “Among the top lots from that collection are a Robby Space Patrol, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, and a Masudaya Gang of Five Radicon Robot with its original box, which has a $6,000-$9,000 estimate.” From another consignor comes a SY…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Morphy’s July 12-14 Collectible Firearms & Militaria Auction Follows Four-Century Timeline Highlighted By Rare And Important Weapons And War Relics

    Featured: After Rembrandt Peale portrait of George Washington, Met-exhibited 17th C. boy’s suit of armor (ex Selden, Bashford Dean), 17th C. royal guard’s spear, six Purple Hearts DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s July 12-14 Collectible Firearms & Militaria Auction serves as a grand showcase for 1,471 lots of expertly vetted antique and vintage weapons and relics, many with noteworthy provenance. The top-notch selection follows a four-century timeline, starting with 17th-century weaponry and traversing history through European wars, the American colonial and Revolutionary War period, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the modern era. In addition, there are numerous specialty categories, including sporting arms and ammunition; (55) swords, (25) cannons, Nuremberg lockboxes, Native American weapons and art; and the Doug Everhart collection of Derringers. The militaria section is distinguished by six very special lots containing war heroes’ Purple Hearts.  Archive of World War II hero pilot USMC Captain Grafton S. Stidger of ‘The Fighting Corsairs.’ Includes Purple Heart Medal with ribbon bar, WWII Victory Medal, photos, signed letter from US Navy Admiral W.F. Halsey and other ephemera, plus Stidger’s logbook with closing notation that he was killed in action on January 14, 1944. One of six servicemen’s Purple Hearts entered in the auction. Estimate $3,000-$5,000 From days of old when knights were bold – and sometimes very young – comes an exceptional circa-1620 German hand-forged three-quarters suit of armor of appropriate scale for a page (boy). Lined with canvas and brocade, the brass-studded metal suit has a brow visor, hinged cheek pieces and fingered gauntlets, and displays an attractive blackened patina. Its provenance is impeccable, having previously been part of both the Selden collection and the Bashford Dean collection. In 1931, while owned by Mr Dean, the suit was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was auctioned in 1943 at Parke Bernet as part of the estate collection of Harriet M. Dean, who inherited the Late Renaissance treasure from her brother, Bashford. Morphy’s now offers the suit of armor with an auction estimate of $30,000-$60,000. A fascinating weapon of the late 17th century comes with noble heritage.…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Spectacular Tiffany Studios lamp sells for record $541K at Morphy’s June 8-10 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction

    Timeless circa-1920s Cartier Art Deco platinum and diamond drop earrings were hotly pursued, finishing at $98,400 against an estimate of $20,000-$30,000 DENVER, Pa. – During the second session of their June 8-10 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, Morphy’s sold a rare circa 1905-1910 Tiffany Studios “Poppy” leaded-glass table lamp for an astounding $541,200 (all prices quoted include 23% buyer’s premium). Based upon their research, Morphy’s believes it to be a world-record auction price for a Tiffany lamp in the Poppy motif. Tiffany Studios table lamp with 20in conical leaded-glass shade in ‘Poppy’ motif exhibiting the very highest standards of Tiffany artistry. Astounding colorway and complex composition. Exceptionally rare base with 16 iridescent Favrile-glass balls as supports for the telescoping stem. Tiffany stamps to both shade and base. Sold for $541,200 (inclusive of 23% buyer’s premium), a world auction record for Tiffany’s Poppy pattern, against an estimate of $350,000-$450,000. Morphy Auctions image Immediately after the hammer fell on the star lot of the opulent $2.8 million event, congratulatory texts and emails started pouring in, said Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions. “One of the messages mentioned that another Tiffany Poppy lamp with the same rare Favrile-glass base had just sold fifteen minutes prior to our lamp at another major auction house, but its final price there was $214,200 (inclusive of buyer’s premium). Experts are in agreement that the difference between the prices achieved by the two lamps can be directly attributed to the glass selection,” Morphy said. “We’ve sold other Poppy lamps in the $70,000-$125,000 range, but this one was in a league of its own. Only Tiffany’s most highly skilled artisans could have produced a shade of this standard. It’s a complex masterpiece, unlike any other we’ve ever seen,” Morphy continued. “The design would have been laid out piece by carefully chosen piece, with the addition of intense cobalt blue glass that’s rarely seen in art-glass lamps.” Throughout the month leading up to the sale, the enquiries and visitors asking to inspect the lamp were nonstop, Morphy said. “Even the most advanced Tiffany lamp collectors marveled at the…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Morphy’s June 8-10 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction features 75 art-glass lamps including extraordinary Tiffany Studios ‘Poppy’ with rare Favrile-glass base, and choice Amphora pottery

    Other highlights: fresh-to-market paintings, art glass, bronzes, silver, cylinder & disc music boxes; collections of antique sleigh bells, figural & mechanical canes, napkin rings, wedding bells DENVER, Pa. – A fine and decorative arts selection of incomparable quality awaits bidders at Morphy Auctions on June 8, 9 and 10. The gallery is at its shining best, with rare and beautiful objects at every turn, including 75 leaded and stained-glass lamps, 100 pieces of art glass, 100+ paintings, 50 figural bronzes, 50 lots of silver, and 30 pieces of coveted Amphora pottery. Additionally, there are 30 cylinder and disc music boxes; 15 bird boxes, and long-held private collections containing 100 figural napkin rings, 80 antique hand-blown colored-glass wedding bells; 50 figural and mechanical gadget canes; and the acclaimed Don and Mary Ann Livingston collection of antique sleigh bells. On day three, Morphy’s will unveil a sumptuous array of fine jewelry plus 30 pocket and wristwatches. Those who are not able to attend in person are invited to bid absentee, by phone or live via the Internet through Morphy Live. Tiffany Studios table lamp with 20in conical leaded-glass shade in ‘Poppy’ motif exhibiting the very highest standards of Tiffany artistry. Astounding colorway and complex composition. Exceptionally rare base with 16 iridescent Favrile-glass balls as supports for the telescoping stem. Tiffany stamps to both shade and base. Estimate $350,000-$450,000 Expertly curated, the 1,308-lot auction of fresh-to-market art and antiques is for those who appreciate the very best of any given category. That includes Tiffany Studios, the name that set the standard for excellence in American art glass over a century ago. The June event includes not only 25 exquisite Tiffany lamps but also 50 pieces of Tiffany decorative glass and metalwork. Towering over the list of entries is a lamp many Tiffany collectors are already watching with anticipation: a highly important and unusual Poppy leaded-glass table lamp. “It’s from a longtime Florida collection and is unquestionably the finest Tiffany lamp Morphy’s has ever handled. We expect it to sell well above the $400,000 mark,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions. “We’ve sold…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Morphy’s secures right to auction peerless Bobby Knudsen Jr Collection of Petroliana & Soda Pop Signs

    Fabled collection, 90% of which is graded 9.0 condition or better, will be offered in series of three unreserved auctions over 12-month period, with debut sale slated for fall 2022 John-Mihovetz-and-Dan-Morphy DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions is delighted to announce that they have been chosen to auction the world-class Bobby Knudsen Jr Collection of antique and vintage petroliana and soda pop signs. The collection will be offered in a series of three no-reserve auctions over a one-year period, with Part I to take place around the time of the October 4-7, 2022 AACA Hershey Fall Meet & Show. Part II will be auctioned in spring 2023, and the third and final sale will be held on a date within close proximity to the Fall 2023 AACA Hershey event. All three auctions will be conducted live at Morphy Auctions’ gallery in Denver (Lancaster County), Pennsylvania, with all forms of remote bidding also available, including live online through Morphy Live. Bobby Knudsen’s phenomenal assemblage of 1,000+ porcelain, neon and tin signs is widely known throughout the collecting hobby for its abundance of extremely rare examples in superior condition. The Idaho native started his collecting journey in 1990 and soon became a staple at auctions and other events like the Iowa Gas Swap Meet, where he would pack as many signs into his carry-on bag as possible for the flight home, never entrusting his cherished purchases to the whims of baggage handlers. “Bobby is like the godfather of the hobby. His signs are in the same venerable league as those of his good friend the late Kyle Moore, whose collection we auctioned to a standing-room-only crowd in 2016,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions. “We have every expectation that Bobby’s collection will reach the six- to eight-million-dollar mark. That’s how exceptional it is. There are five signs I can think of just off the top of my head that could easily total one million dollars.”  News of the Bobby Knudsen auction series is already buzzing in petroliana-collecting circles, Morphy said. “We did a single social media posting and had 180 enquiries within…

  • Auction Preview
    Coin-Op & Advertising Auction to Offer J. P. Seeburg Orchestrion

    The J.P. Seeburg Piano Company was one of the renowned makers of coin pianos in the 20th century. Founded in Chicago in 1907, the company quickly gained recognition for incorporating intricate details in its instruments. This May, Morphy Auctions will bring a J. P. Seeburg Style "G" upright orchestrion in this Coin-Op & Advertising Auction. The offered lot is an upright piano decorated with four stained glass panels. Featuring two sets of violin and flute pipes, it uses a Style “G” music roll with an automatic rewind system.  Offering 614 lots, the auction also includes fine art, decorative art, and furniture. A Huylers Chocolate and St. Nicholas Pepsin Gum vending machine will be offered as well. The Automatic Vending company manufactured this machine in 1899. Decorated with porcelain panels, the box is covered with inscriptions that read “Deposit 1 Cent and Press The Plunger.” Explore more lots of interest and register to bid for this and other online auctions on Bidsquare.

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Military history comes to life at Morphy’s May 17-18 auction of Early Arms, Militaria, and Extraordinary Firearms

    Featured: 1776 Revolutionary War officer’s musket, early 19th C. US flag from family of Stephen Decatur Jr, pre-1873 Colt ‘pinch-frame’ revolver, Teddy Roosevelt 1905 presentation drilling DENVER, Pa. – Antique and collectible firearms of superior quality and great historical importance await bidders at Morphy’s mid-May auction event, with two distinct sessions that, together, offer significant firearms and militaria from the 18th century through contemporary times. For the May 17 session, Morphy’s has prepared a 213-lot curated selection of early arms and militaria, followed on May 18 by a 405-lot offering of fine rifles, shotguns, 19th-century Colts and other handguns; military and NFA weapons; and much more. Extremely rare silver gorget (throat cover) from British 5th Regiment, which fought at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. One of few known surviving examples created in the rare double-lobe pattern. Book example. Ex Tom Grinslade collection. Estimate $10,000-$30,000 Each and every auction item has been examined and cataloged by the appropriate specialist from Morphy’s respected team of firearms experts, whose catalog descriptions are second to none. All forms of bidding will be available, including live online through Morphy Live. Categories featured on May 17 include antique flintlock, percussion and military rifles and pistols; six antique flintlock shotguns, nearly 40 swords – including pre-Revolutionary War through Civil War models – powder horns, medals, maps, flags, uniforms, field gear and historical ephemera.  An absolute treasure of early American gunsmithing, Lot 1168 is a fine relief-carved flintlock Kentucky rifle attributed to master gunsmith Leonard Reedy (1776-1837), who learned and practiced his trade in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania. Described as being in “near workbench condition,” this Golden Age longarm displays figured tiger maple stock of classic Berks County form with a “Roman nose” buttstock and classic Reedy-style carving behind the cheekpiece and around the patchbox and barrel tang. “Its hand-forged lock was probably made by Reedy himself,” said Morphy Auctions Arms & Armor specialist David Geiger. The rifle is pictured in the reference The Kentucky Rifle and Me by Edith Cooper and has a $40,000-$80,000 estimate. Morphy Auctions is honored to have been entrusted with an American Flag from…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Morphy’s May 4-6 auction shines spotlight on exceptional examples of antique coin-op machines and early advertising signs

    Featured: early arcade, music, gambling, vending and other slot machines plus alcohol, soft drink, gum, tobacco, soda fountain and other desirable advertising and signage DENVER, Pa. – Long before the era of instant entertainment from TV, downloaded music and streaming videos, Americans could amuse themselves with a pocketful of change at an arcade. The thrilling atmosphere of those places, whether indoors or on a seaside boardwalk, resonated with the clanging and whirring of slot machines, the pinging of bagatelles, and orchestral tunes performed by mechanical music machines. Coin-ops were also found in saloons and other social establishments. Today, the mechanical entertainers of yesteryear are displayed in collections from coast to coast, often flanked by antique advertising signs of the same period. Many of the rarest and finest of all antique coin-ops and signs have passed through the doors of Morphy Auctions, which will hold its next sale of these popular specialties on May 4-6. Advertising tray with image of pretty lady in patriotic attire, emblazoned ‘Drink Deacon Brown King of Phosphates,’ Manufactured by Kauffmann and Strauss, New York, and dated 1911. Condition 9.5+ and arguably the finest known example. Estimate $8,000-$12,000 The connoisseur’s selection features more than 2,100 coveted 19th- and early 20th-century coin-ops and advertising signs that would seldom be available elsewhere, especially in such beautiful condition.  Morphy’s will strike up the band with a JP Seeburg Style “G” Art Style Orchestrion, a technological marvel that is as stunningly beautiful as it is intricate. Designed as an upright piano with four art glass panels illuminated from within, it also houses violin and flute pipes; a mandolin attachment, a tympani, bass and snare drums; a cymbal and triangle. With exceptional volume, it plays a Style “G” music roll with a selection of 65 notes. In very good condition, the Orchestrion could crescendo in the $40,000-$60,000 range. A rare and very early (pre-1902) version of Schiemer-Yates’ 5-cent Musical Cupid upright slot machine is notable for having been manufactured prior to the formation of both Caille-Scheimer and its successor, Caille Brothers. Its cabinet is somewhat smaller than others of its day, yet…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    All signs pointed to success at Morphy’s $2.4M Automobilia, Petroliana & Railroadiana Auction

    Exceptional rarity and near-flawless condition drove prices above high estimate on many lots DENVER, Pa. – Trains, planes and automobiles were on the minds of bidders who brought their A-game to Morphy’s big March 29-30 Automobilia, Petroliana & Railroadiana auction. The colorful 1,498-lot sale featured rare, fresh-to-the-market examples of signage, gas pumps, globes and other service station equipment from motoring’s golden era. The two-day grand total came to a hefty $2.4 million. Rare circa-1940s RPM Motor Oils ‘A Knockout For Winter’ taxi cab spare tire insert sign with Donald Duck graphic, 23½in in diameter. Outstanding colors and graphics with high gloss overall. Sold for $18,000 against an estimate of $2,500-$4,500 Not surprisingly, the top lot of the sale was a Wesco Model 212 large-bodied gas pump with a clock face, brass nozzle and bevels; and three different Visiglas lenses at the top. With eye appeal to spare, the extremely rare pump had undergone a beautiful restoration, as evidenced in its vivid orange body and image of Hancock Gasoline’s strutting “Cock O’ The Walk” mascot. Possibly the first such pump ever to be offered at auction, it attracted 23 bids before settling well above estimate at $38,400.  The allure of neon, combined with faultless condition, led to a brilliant result for a Buick Authorized Valve In Head porcelain sign in complete, original condition. Each of its sides was graded a strong 9.0+, with the auction catalog’s condition report noting a “super-clean field free of chipping or wear.” It captured an above-estimate winning bid of $27,600. While the Ford Edsel may not have clicked with consumers when it made its debut in 1957, dealership signs for the short-lived car designed for “the younger executive” have been hot collectibles for many years. Automobilia fans jumped at the chance to bid on a rare and outstanding Edsel Automobiles double-sided porcelain neon dealership sign in green and white with a large “E” dot logo. Measuring 127 inches long and TAC-authenticated, it opened at $10,000 and settled within its estimate range at $24,000.  “It’s ironic that, in its day, an Edsel could be purchased for the…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Collectors can fill ‘er up at Morphy March 29-30 Automobilia, Petroliana & Railroadiana Auction

    Featured: Rare gas & oil signage, gas pumps & globes, service station items, 400 lots of train-related memorabilia from three long-held collections DENVER, Pa. – Ever since the first Model A car rolled off Ford’s assembly line in 1903, America has had a fascination with cars. Now, nearly 120 years later, that attraction has become more of an obsession for the legion of collectors from coast to coast who covet signage, gas pumps, globes and other service station equipment from motoring’s golden era. Morphy Auctions is the destination of choice for hobbyists seeking antiques of exceptional quality, condition and authenticity. They’ll have their next chance to bid and buy on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29-30 at the central Pennsylvania company’s Automobilia, Petroliana & Railroadiana Auction. Superb Gilmore Red Lion Gasoline 15in single globe lens from Gilmore Oil Company, Los Angeles. Condition 9.0 with bright, clean leaping-lion graphic. Estimate $15,000-$25,000 Nearly 1,500 lots will be offered, with day one primarily focused on railroadiana from a major central Ohio private collection plus two other advanced collections from Southern California and Montana. Train buffs will definitely want a boarding pass for this 400-lot session, since everything to be auctioned is fresh from those collections, which were amassed over 30 to 40 years. The comprehensive auction lineup includes locomotive number plates, signs from legendary railroad lines, train stations and depots; signals, whistles, fire alarms, bells, locks, lamps, headlights and two dozen desirable railroad lanterns, many with colored-glass lenses.  A wealth of railroad history is represented in just three letters: MKT. Established in 1865 under the name Union Pacific Railway, Southern Branch, MKT grew to become an extensive rail network that served Missouri, Kansas, Texas (hence “MKT”) plus Oklahoma. Nicknamed “the Katy,” MKT merged with Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1988 and is now part of the Union Pacific Railroad. Collectors clamor for bright, clean MKT signs like the single-sided die-cut porcelain sign in 9.0+ condition entered in Morphy’s sale with a $3,000-$5,000 estimate. Antique railroad lanterns with ruby, cobalt and clear-glass globes start at Lot 1059, distinguished by a variety of shapes and other design…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Morphy’s March 15-17 Collectible Firearms & Militaria Auction features great rarities spanning four centuries

    Featured: Confederate Congress gavel with connection to Lincoln, WWII German militaria, sporting & military arms, many high-quality Colt, Winchester, S&W and Winslow models DENVER, Pa. – Nearly 1,200 lots of rare and high-quality firearms and militaria, including edged weapons and World War II/Third Reich relics, will cross the auction block at Morphy’s, March 15-17. The expertly curated three-day event offers extraordinary variety and buying options, with a huge list of highlights that incorporates flintlock, drilling/combination and percussion revolvers and rifles; plus bolt-, lever- and slide-action rifles. Other spotlight categories are: semiautomatic pistols and rifles; over-under and side-by-side shotguns; prop guns, modern handguns, Civil War swords, cannons, armor; and hard-to-find ammunition, some still packaged in the original factory boxes. Authentic WWII German Luftwaffe M35 tri-color spray ‘chicken wire’ camouflage helmet known to collectors as a ‘Normandy’ style. Marked ‘ET68’ for the maker Eisenhuttenwerk/Herz. Luftwaffe eagle and national colors decals visible beneath camo paint. Vetted by Willi Zahn. Estimate $6,000-$8,000 The auction is steeped in American history, with one lot, in particular, deserving the description “unique and iconic.” It is the gavel that was used in the Richmond, Virginia, chambers of the Congress of the Confederate States of America and later retrieved by Senator Charles Sumner, leader of the anti-slavery “Radical Republicans” in Massachusetts.  The gavel was symbolic and important to President Lincoln. Before departing for Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865, the night of his assassination, Lincoln discussed the gavel and how it was acquired with two White House visitors: Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax and Massachusetts Congressman George Ashmun. “Mr. Sumner has the gavel … to hand to the Secretary of War, but I insisted then that he give it to you … tell him for me to hand it over,” Lincoln instructed Colfax. The quote subsequently appeared in the April 17, 1865 edition of the Boston Daily Evening Traveller, an original copy of which will convey with the gavel. The auction estimate for the lot is $5,000-$10,000. Also having great historical importance, especially to arms collectors, is a magnificent 70-inch eagle-form memorial statue honoring Charles M Schott Jr…

  • Auction Result
    2021 Auction Results From Across the Industry

    As the first month of 2022 draws to a close, the art market remains a dynamic landscape. The Omicron coronavirus variant has rekindled fears of large gatherings and events, leading to a string of art fair cancelations. Auction houses have supplemented their income with extensive online programming, sometimes to great success. Companies across the art industry have released their yearly auction results from 2021 over the last few weeks. As many expected, 2021’s revenues were not quite as dire as those in 2020. However, pandemic troubles did not affect every company equally.  How did the auction industry fare in 2021, and what do last year’s auction results mean for 2022? Auction Daily investigates. Christie’s 20th/21st Century: Evening Sale in London. Image courtesy of Christie’s. The top auction houses, Christie’s and Sotheby’s, both set new records in 2021. Sotheby’s brought in a staggering USD 7.3 billion in sales. Christie’s was not far behind; it made $7.1 billion. Blue-chip works particularly increased these figures. Both auction houses also reached aggressively into the metaverse and accommodated the tastes of increasingly younger buyers.  Though these two giants continue to lead the industry in revenues, other houses advanced significantly in 2021. Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas surpassed $1.4 billion in sales. This was the first time in company history when the yearly total crossed the billion-dollar threshold. Heritage dominated the collectibles market (despite news-making tensions between video game collectors in September). Phillips netted $1.2 billion in sales during 2021, a new in-house record. The company is also making moves to expand its reach in 2022. It has a growing presence in Hong Kong, and Phillips is becoming a destination for collectors of ultra-contemporary art.  Bonhams has not released its 2021 auction results but recently announced the acquisition of renowned Stockholm-based auction house Bukowskis. British private equity firm Epiris acquired Bonhams in 2018. Since then, the house has significantly expanded its footprint in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and the United States. Poly Auction auctioneer Jenny Lok sells Yoshitomo Nara’s Berlin Barack, Room 1 (2007). Image courtesy of Poly Auction. Mid-level auction houses also saw strong results…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Morphy Auctions reports blockbuster year with 2021 sales exceeding $50M

    Highlights: Colt Buntline single-action Army Revolver with 16in barrel, $288K; 4 French & Indian War powder horns, $216K; Shoot the Chute mechanical bank, $156K; Keith Haring vase, $84K DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions is pleased to report a year of unprecedented new-buyer interest and stellar results across all categories in 2021, with gross sales surpassing $50 million.  Group of four cased, engraved French and Indian War map powder horns, three belonging to Lt. Col. Archibald Montgomerie (1726-1796) and acquired at historic 1925 auction at Eglinton Castle, Scotland. Two horns bear the Royal Arms; one bears the Arms of the Earls of Eglinton. Sold above the midpoint of its pre-sale estimate for $216,000 at Morphy’s May 18, 2021 Early Arms & Militaria Auction. “Throughout the year, we witnessed unwavering enthusiasm and willingness on the part of collectors to invest in high-quality antiques and historically important objects,” said Morphy’s founder and president Dan Morphy. “The market for exceptional pieces with great provenance was very strong, even in the midst of the second wave of the pandemic. Against all odds, the auction trade held fast and continued to evolve into a powerful microeconomy of its own.”  Morphy’s year of estimate-topping prices began with the February 27 sale of Bob and Judy Brady’s prized mechanical banks. The 40-year collection featured some of the most elusive, high-condition banks known to exist. In total, the 184 banks realized $2 million and were led by a J & E Stevens “Shoot the Chute” depicting early comic strip characters Buster Brown and his dog Tige. In superior condition and with provenance from the late Donal Markey, the bank also appears in Dan Morphy’s landmark 2007 reference book The Official Price Guide to Mechanical Banks. It swept past its $80,000-$120,000 estimate to close at $156,000.  The gallery was abuzz during Morphy’s May 11-15 marathon auction series, which grossed $5.4 million. The attraction was a 3,400-lot array of rare antique and vintage items that ran the gamut of American amusements, from 19th-century railroad memorabilia and antique coin-op machines to mid-20th-century petroliana and automotive signs. Collectors brought their A game and…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Morphy’s Dec. 14-17 auction presents premier collectible firearms and militaria including stellar collection of presentation & Civil War swords, Lincoln Indian Peace Medal and personal flask

    Featured: Lifebuoy recovered from USS Arizona, 1860 saber of Battle of Little Bighorn survivor, presentation-grade Collins Bowie knife, Lincoln’s flask, 1862 silver Lincoln Indian Peace Medal DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s has gone above and beyond all expectations in preparing an incomparable selection of firearms, militaria and highly important American historical objects for its December 14-17 auction. Morphy’s team will be welcoming guests to the company’s spacious central Pennsylvania gallery for each of the sessions, and all forms of remote bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live. Morphys Dec. 14-17 auction presents premier collectible firearms and militaria including stellar collection of presentation & Civil War swords, Lincoln Indian Peace Medal and personal flask Spanning more than 2,400 lots, the auction features a spectacular array of museum-quality Civil War swords and militaria, early advertising and historical memorabilia, Native American artworks, exceptional sporting arms, and military arms that include World War I and World War II issues. Also of note are more than a dozen lots of coveted Vietnam War bring-backs.  The sale starts with items from America’s Revolutionary War era and post-colonial days, with beautifully provenanced pieces that will delight collectors. There are muskets, bayonets, pistols and powder horns, including an example from French and Indian War period that was professionally engraved with the image of a map of New York. Its detail shows many important forts, churches, and other buildings of its time and comes with a letter of provenance stating it once hung on the wall of Unity Lodge in Lebanon Valley, New York, home of Major Elisha Gilbert. The horn was likely acquired by Gilbert’s father from a British soldier in New York during the French and Indian War. It subsequently passed by descent through the Gilbert family. Auction estimate: $7,000-$10,000 Moving into the mid-19th century, the auction’s opening session introduces some of the finest Civil War-era presentation swords ever to appear at public sale. Among the many highlights are: the presentation sword of Lt. Col. Daniel M. Ray, a Southern-born Union loyalist mentioned more than 65 times in the Official Records of the…