Morphy Auctions


2000 North Reading Road, Denver, Pennsylvania 17517
877-968-8880

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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  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Morphy’s Feb. 1-3 auction features huge selection of rare toys, banks, marbles and ultimate in Topps sports card gum packs

    Unopened 1952 Topps baseball brick of eight factory-sealed 5-cent wax packs containing five cards each leads sports category with a $400,000-$800,000 estimate DENVER, Pa. – If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ve undoubtedly heard about Morphy’s February 1 auction of “The Morphy Find,” an incredibly rare trove of 1970s/’80s action figures discovered in their original Kenner shipping boxes. The headline-grabbing Star Wars session creates more than enough excitement on its own, but it’s also going to usher in a high-energy three-day event that will wow collectors of all types of toys, banks, marbles and top-grade sports cards. The Pennsylvania auction house is expecting a capacity crowd and a throng of additional competitors on the phones and online through Morphy Live. Auctioneer and company president Dan Morphy will open the bidding at 9 am sharp on all three days, February 1-3. Unopened 1952 Topps baseball brick of eight factory-sealed 5-cent wax packs, with each pack containing five cards. Extraordinarily rare and most likely from Topps’ first series. As fresh as the day they were produced. Authenticated by Steve Hart, owner of Baseball Card Exchange. Estimate $400,000-$800,000 The February 1 session is packed with sports treasures, including 209 coveted gum cards and packs. The piece de resistance is an extraordinarily rare, unopened 1952 Topps baseball brick of eight factory-sealed 5-cent wax packs. Each of the packs contains five baseball cards, which some experts believe could be from Topps’ first series. The sealed brick’s ownership can be traced most recently to a 1991 transaction, when a few 1952 Topps packs were located in Seattle.  “At that time, two collectors each purchased a brick from the original owner, including the one in our sale,” Morphy said. “One of the two buyers chose to open his brick and sell most of its packs individually, but he also opened a few packs for himself, revealing – amongst other cards – what would become a PSA 10 Andy Pafko No. 1 card. To this day, it is still the only PSA 10 of its type. The other collector kept his brick intact and untouched, and that is…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Morphy’s concludes stellar year with $1.9M Fine & Decorative Arts auction

    Superior-quality Tiffany Studios Nasturtium lamp leads stellar lineup, selling for $123,000 DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions set the stage for a beautiful Christmas season with its $1.9 million Fine & Decorative Arts Auction held December 19-20 at the company’s spacious Pennsylvania gallery. Collectors, tastemakers and holiday shoppers vied for superior jewels and watches, paintings, art pottery, silver, and more than two dozen dazzling Tiffany Studios lamps – a festive way to wrap a year of memorable, high-profile sales. “The lamp selection was especially fine, with three particular Tiffany designs attracting the lion’s share of attention at the preview,” said Dan Morphy, president of Morphy Auctions. At the center of the Tiffany winners circle was a signed and numbered Nasturtium lamp with a leaded-glass shade profusely decorated with multicolored confetti glass tiles and a bevy of richly-hued flowers. Resting on a telescoping Tiffany-stamped cat’s-paw base and in excellent condition, the scene-stealing lamp sold within estimate for $123,000.  Tiffany Studios Nasturtium leaded-glass table lamp on telescoping cat’s-paw base. Sold within estimate for $123,000 A Tiffany Studios Peony leaded-glass table lamp displaying a lively medley of red and pink blooms against a verdant ground sold well above estimate for $79,950, while a rarely seen Tiffany Studios double candlestick with blown-out Favrile glass and a decorative patinated bronze lily pad base met its pre-sale expectations, selling for $20,910. The sale featured a first-rate selection of European decorative art, including a very rare and appealing Loetz 10-inch triple-lobe glass vase. With purple-blue iridescent accents against a gold background and further enhanced by delicately detailed lotus leaves, this distinctive vase is prominently featured in a Loetz reference book. It sold for $33,210 against a $10,000-$15,000 estimate.   An absolutely amazing Amphora Gres-Bijou vase, 17 inches tall with a motif of applied leaves, blackberries, and three-dimensional feline heads, presented in mint condition with an 8179 Amphora Crown mark. The epitome of unapologetic Continental grandeur, this extravagant ceramic confection surpassed its estimate to settle at $11,685. Another piece that called upon the animal world for inspiration was a luminous pate-de-verre crab-motif bowl by A Walter, Nancy. Measuring 9½ inches…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Collecting world rocked by discovery of rare, early Star Wars toys still packed in original Kenner factory shipping cartons

    Trove sat quietly in Chicago-area home for several decades, its owner unaware of the true value before contacting Morphy Auctions, where toys will be auctioned on Feb. 1 DENVER, Pa. – Just when Star Wars collectors thought they had seen it all, along came The Morphy Find. That’s the name that has been given to a recently unveiled trove of rare, high-condition Star Wars toys that sat undisturbed in original Kenner shipping cartons, largely forgotten, since the 1970s/’80s.  Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Cloud City Playset. Estimate $400-$800 The collection surfaced as most legendary discoveries do – unexpectedly. Its pristine contents had been stored in a closet, out of sight and out of mind, by an Illinois gentleman who is a collector of antique coin-op machines.  Although he had never bought from or sold through Morphy Auctions, the toys’ owner was a longtime friend of Morphy’s CEO, Tom Tolworthy. The two had known each other for 35+ years through their mutual interest in antique coin-op machines, but until last spring, the subject of Star Wars toys had never once come up.  “I had known the consignor since 1985, when I lived in the Chicago area. We would always see each other at the region’s big coin-op show,” Tolworthy said. “Our conversations were always about coin-ops and vending machines. I never knew he had these Star Wars figures. He never spoke of them until last April, when he stopped by our booth at the coin-op show to say hello.” During their conversation, Tolworthy asked his friend if he was ready to sell his vending machine collection. “He told me that was something his daughter would do, once he had passed, but then he mentioned that he was thinking of selling his children’s Star Wars action figure collection and asked if that was something we would do,” Tolworthy said Initially, Tolworthy thought his friend was referring to a few of his kids’ playthings, so he asked about the condition and quantity. He was shocked when his friend replied that there were more than 400 figures, still in the original Kenner factory…

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    Morphy’s adds quality and beauty to the holidays with an elegant Dec. 19-20 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction

    Featured: Exquisite Tiffany Studios lamps, superb 18K gold & diamond Riviera necklaces, 40mm Rolex Daytona, Daum, Loetz & Amphora rarities; paintings, silver, antique coins DENVER, Pa. – Arguably, Morphy’s most-loved sale from its always-busy calendar of events, the annual pre-Christmas Fine & Decorative Arts Auction consistently delivers luxury, rarity and peerless quality to discerning collectors and holiday gift-givers. This year’s edition, which will be held on December 19 and 20, is brimming with superior jewels and watches, paintings, art pottery, silver, and dazzling Tiffany Studios lamps.  Exquisite signed/numbered Tiffany Studios Nasturtium table lamp with 19in (dia.) leaded-glass shade featuring multicolored confetti glass tiles and flowers in various shades of red, orange, purple and yellow against a green ground. Tiffany-stamped telescoping cat’s-paw base. Excellent condition. Estimate $120,000-$160,000 Morphy’s Pennsylvania gallery is decked out in finery and glowing with soft light from more than two dozen antique art-glass lamps. Several especially rare Tiffanys lead the selection.  “In our Fine & Decorative sales, we always make an extra effort to include lamps that are genuinely rare and exceptional,” said Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions. “Three Tiffanys, in particular stand out in our December event, starting with the Nasturtium lamp.” Most aficionados would agree that no one has ever understood how to fuse color and light quite like Louis Comfort Tiffany, and today, more than 125 years after the introduction of the first Tiffany Studios lamp, collectors remain mesmerized by the company’s designs. A gorgeous example of Tiffany artistry, the signed and numbered Tiffany Nasturtium lamp has a 19-inch (diameter) leaded-glass shade which is profusely decorated with multicolored confetti glass tiles and a bevy of flowers in various shades of red, orange, purple and yellow against a green ground. The shade has no loose or missing pieces of glass, and it rests on a Tiffany-stamped telescoping cat’s-paw base. In excellent condition, the lamp is estimated at $120,000-$160,000. A signed Tiffany Studios leaded-glass hanging lamp belted with a lush rose motif includes three chains, a ceiling canopy and other hardware, and is ready to grace a new home immediately. It is estimated…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Morphy’s hits $2M jackpot with November auction of rare antique coin-op machines and advertising

    Circa-1904 Caille Bros. 5-cent Roulette floor-model slot machine once owned by The Las Vegas Club sells for astounding $246,000 DENVER, Pa. – Beautiful coin-operated machines of a bygone era joined forces with stellar antique advertising this month to produce an auction payday at Morphy’s that exceeded $2 million. The Nov. 3-5, 2022 sale featured more than 1,600 premier lots with a common thread that was best explained by Morphy Auctions CEO Tom Tolworthy, a noted coin-op expert who personally cataloged the auction. Circa-1904 Caille Bros. 5-cent Roulette floor-model slot machine with seven coin-slots. Fresh to the market after being purchased from The Las Vegas Club hotel and casino in the 1970s. The finest original Caille Roulette machine Morphy’s specialists had ever seen, it sold at the midpoint of its pre-sale estimate for $246,000. “Once again, it was shown that condition drives performance, and the best pieces outperformed the market in all categories,” Tolworthy said. “With the coin-op category, we continue to see new collectors entering the market, hungry for great pieces to add to their collections, as proved by the price realized for the Caille Roulette.”   Made in 1904, the Caille Bros., 5-cent Roulette floor-model slot machine to which Tolworthy referred was a marvelous, untouched original example that had been in the same collection since its purchase from The Las Vegas Club in the 1970s. A breathtaking combination of exceptional artistry, craftsmanship and mechanical ingenuity, its rich quartered-oak cabinet was handsomely embellished with nickel-plated iron castings and outfitted with seven coin-slots. “Original machines of its caliber are seldom seen at auction,” Tolworthy observed. True to expectations, the “Roulette” attracted 12 bids before settling at $246,000, the midpoint of its $200,000-$300,000 estimate. A Mills Novelty Co., musical upright slot machine manufactured between 1900-1902 displayed great visual appeal with its carved details, a rainbow-colored “Mills 20th Century” disc on its façade, and ornate nickel-plated iron castings throughout. The machine was designed to accept quarters in Its elaborately decorated eight-way coin head. It sold near the top of its estimate range for $22,140. Early music machines prompted questions from fascinated previewers at…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Rare and fresh-to-market gambling, music and vending machines at forefront of Morphy’s Nov. 3-5 Coin-Op & Antique Advertising Auction

    Featured: Superlative circa-1904 Caille Bros. 5-cent Roulette floor model slot machine with seven coin-slots, estimated at $200K-$300K 5¢ Caille Bros. Roulette Floor Model Slot Machine. DENVER, Pa. – Once found at saloons, hotel lobbies and oceanfront boardwalks all across America, antique coin-op machines are quaint reminders of an era when radio, television and video games were still mysteries of the future. For mere pocket change, turn-of-the-century fun-seekers could enjoy an entire afternoon of entertainment. By simply dropping a penny, nickel or quarter into the slot of a coin-operated machine, they could have their fortunes told, watch primitive motion pictures, listen to rhapsodic tunes from a mechanical band, or try their luck at any number of gambling devices or games of chance.  Morphy’s in Denver, Pennsylvania, has catered to collectors of antique mechanical music, gambling and vending machines since opening their doors in 1997. Their next big coin-op specialty sale, which also includes antique advertising, general store, soda fountain and soda pop collectibles, is slated for November 3-5 and features more than 1,600 choice lots. While it only takes pocket change to operate the machines, it might take a walletful of Benjamins to bring home some of the rare beauties entered in the auction. Many are fresh to the market. A spotlight-stealer manufactured around 1904, a Caille Bros. 5-cent Roulette floor-model slot machine presents in a rich quartered-oak cabinet with nickel-plated iron castings and seven coin-slots. This marvelous, untouched original example has been in the same collection since its purchase from The Las Vegas Club in the 1970s.  “Original machines of this caliber do not come to auction often, and this one is the finest original Caille Roulettes we have seen. It deserves the description ‘best of the best,’” said Morphy’s CEO Tom Tolworthy, a coin-op expert who also cataloged the November 3-5 auction. The stately Caille machine is expected to make $200,000-$300,000.  In addition to top-of-the-line rarities, desirable slots will be available at more accessible price points, such as a pre-Caille 5-cent “Puck” floor wheel upright slot machine. In great working order with an appealing wheel facade, it plays and…

  • Auction Industry, People, Press Release
    Kevin and Jill Parker’s Route 32 Auctions and Indy Ad Show join Morphy Auctions family

    Route 32’s stellar reputation with petroliana collectors and Indy Ad Show’s iconic status in antique advertising hobby make them seamless additions to Morphy’s operation DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, announced today that Route 32 Auctions and the iconic Indy Ad Show, formerly owned by Kevin and Jill Parker of Crawfordsville, Indiana, are now part of Morphy Auctions’ organization.  Jill and Kevin Parker, founders and former owners of Route 32 Auctions and The Indy Ad Show. Image provided by the Parkers “Dealing with Kevin and Jill was one of the easiest and most enjoyable transactions I can recall since opening our gallery in 1997,” said Morphy. “The Parkers have a genuine love for the types of antiques they sell and collect, and they are people of impeccable integrity. They’ve always run their businesses honestly and professionally, with an emphasis on treating all customers with respect. That’s exactly the way we strive to conduct ourselves at Morphy Auctions, so welcoming Route 32 and the legendary Indy Ad Show to our operation feels like branches of the same family coming together.” The Parkers have owned Route 32 Auctions for the past five years and The Indy Ad Show for four years. Kevin and his team will continue to manage the show for at least the first year that it is under Morphy ownership (next show date: May 5-6, 2023). He will also represent Morphy’s at major trade shows and seek consignments throughout his wide network of contacts. He anticipates working closely with Morphy’s Automobilia & Petroliana Division Head John Mihovetz on certain key consignments. The Parkers have chosen to take a new direction in their lives so they can spend more time with their family, especially their five grandchildren, and continue to collect antiques. As Kevin explained, he and Jill initially established Route 32 Auctions as a casual pursuit – a pipeline through which they could buy for, and sell from, their own collections. But over time, the auction house became so successful, it took on a life of its own. “This year and last year we…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Morphy’s hits a high note with $2.3M sale of renowned Henri Krijnen collection of mechanical music machines

    Owner of Florida toy museum pays $350,550 for auction’s top lot: a massive 1963 Belgian dance organ with robot musicians DENVER, Pa. – A trio of robot musicians with a captivating, toe-tapping sound led the parade of mechanical music machines and automata at Morphy’s $2.3 million sale of the Henri Krijnen collection, and according to the buyer, the Space-Age combo’s next stop will be a museum or related attraction in Florida.  Top lot of the sale: Gebroeders Decap dance organ with robot musician figures, Belgium, 1963. One of only three made in 105-key configuration. Purchased by Ozzie Bilotta, who is opening a private antique toy and sci-fi collectibles museum this fall in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Sold for $350,550 against an estimate of $100,000-$200,000 The Sept. 9-10 auction featured 541 lots of dance organs, orchestrions, slot machines and a myriad of other antique coin-operated novelties amassed over 50 years by the late Mr Krijnen, a Dutch businessman who made his fortune in the gambling and entertainment industry. The robot dance organ, created by Gebroeders Decap (Antwerp, Belgium) in 1963, was known to be one of Krijnen’s great favorites. It is one of only three that were made in a 105-key configuration, and was originally installed at the Hotel Eemland in Soest, Netherlands. Later in its lifetime, it was professionally restored to perfection by AC Pilmer Automatic Music of Ossett, England.  Members of the robot band are programmed to play drums, a saxophone and brass horn, respectively, and the latter two even stand up for their “solos.” At one corner of the stage, a smaller robot of similar composition smiles and reminds patrons to tip the performers. Against an estimate of $100,000-$200,000, the delightful robot dance organ attracted 31 bids before selling for an astonishing $350,550. The buyer is Ozzie Bilotta, whose private museum of vintage toys, arcade machines and related memorabilia – The Bilotta Collection – will open its doors this fall in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Bilotta commented after the sale: “Being that the robot band was created in 1963, right in the heart of the classic sci-fi era,…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    World-class Bobby Knudsen Jr petroliana and soda pop advertising collection is centerpiece of powerhouse auction series at Morphy’s, Sept. 30-Oct. 3

    Knudsen’s entire 32-year collection of rare, authentic examples in superior condition – 90% in 9.0 condition or better – will be offered with no reserve DENVER, Pa. – On September 30, Morphy Auctions will begin the thrilling year-long adventure of selling the Bobby Knudsen Jr Collection of World-Class Automotive, Gas & Oil and Soda Pop Advertising. The massive personal collection will be offered in a series of three no-reserve auctions concluding in the fall of 2023, with all sales to be conducted live at Morphy Auctions’ gallery in Denver (Lancaster County), Pennsylvania. The September 30, 2022 series opener, devoted exclusively to Knudsen’s collection, will be followed by October 1-3 sessions featuring high-quality automobilia, petroliana and railroadiana from other consignors.  All forms of remote bidding will be available, including live online through Morphy Live. Commenting on the importance of the Knudsen collection, Morphy Auctions’ Automobilia & Petroliana Department Head John Mihovetz said: “To me, Bobby is like the godfather of our hobby. As long as I have been involved in petroliana and soda pop signage, Bobby has been one of the leading lights. It's challenging to find the right words to convey just how unique and historically significant his collection is.” Iconic circa-1929 Musgo Gasoline ‘Michigan’s Mile Maker’ double-sided porcelain service station sign with Native American graphic, 48 inches in diameter, condition 8.75+. Estimate $200,000-$400,000 Topping the list of highlights in the September 30 session is a circa-1929 Musgo Gasoline “Michigan’s Mile Maker” double-sided porcelain service station sign. Emblazoned with the image of a Native American chief, the 48-inch-diameter sign is one of the finest known examples ever to be offered publicly. Very few double-sided signs of its type are complete and in undamaged condition. Knudsen’s treasured Musgo sign, which is graded 8.75+ out of 10, comes to auction with a $200,000-$400,000 estimate. A great favorite with collectors, the lively canine mascot for Husky petroleum products makes several high-profile appearances in the sale. One of only two known examples of a Husky Motor Oils tin billboard sign measures a massive 96 by 60 inches inclusive of its original wood frame, and…

  • Auction Result, Press Release
    Robots and space guns were unstoppable at Morphy’s $1.5 million Toys & Collectibles Auction

    Circa-1881 H.L. Judd Co., Seek Him Frisk cast-iron mechanical bank from a 30+ year collection. In excellent working order and one of the finest original examples known. Sold within estimate for $52,800 Boxed Machine Man Robot found in attic, one of few known examples, commanded $84,000 DENVER, Pa. – It was playday but it was also payday for those hoping to acquire rare robots and space guns at Morphy’s August 9-10 Toys & Collectibles Auction. The sale took in $1.5 million, with big-ticket items that included a boxed Machine Man Robot, a whimsical Electroman Robot, and an Italian robot-man gumball machine that prompted ferocious bidding before landing at six times its high estimate. “The toy market is very strong, and we saw that at this sale, especially with the robots, space guns, model kits and playsets,” said Tommy Sage, Head of Morphy’s toy division. “Overseas bidders were competitive, as they always are, but in the end, it was American bidders who ended up with the top pieces. The ‘win, place and show’ robots are all staying in the USA.”   To no one’s surprise, a boxed example of perhaps the most coveted of all robots, a Machine Man from Masudaya’s “Gang of Five” ambled away with the sale’s blue ribbon. The big 15½-inch tin space toy – bright red with blue, yellow and black accents and a gearbox visual on its chest – was made in Japan around 1960. It is one of very few known, and of those, even fewer retain their colorful original boxes. “This particular robot was consigned by its original owner, who found it in their attic,” Sage said. “It sat in a dry location, undisturbed, for over sixty years, waiting to be discovered. We sold it near the top of its estimate range, for $84,000.” Another fresh-to-the-market find, an extremely rare SY (Japan) battery-operated Electroman Robot came to Morphy’s directly from a European collection. An amusing character profusely lithographed with gears, wheels and pulleys, the always-smiling Electroman operates on two D-cell batteries and has wheels on both sides that drive its bump-and-go action. It sold for…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Morphy’s to auction premier Henri Krijnen mechanical music collection, Sept. 9-10, featuring spectacular dance organs, orchestrions, automata, fully functional Muller antique carousel

    Morphy’s CEO Tom Tolworthy comments: “Not since Sotheby’s 2012 sale of the Milhous Collection have so many rare and exceptional orchestrions come to the auction marketplace.” DENVER, Pa. – The word “unique” can sometimes be overused, but not in the case of the Henri Krijnen mechanical music collection, which will be auctioned at Morphy’s on September 9-10, 2022. Amassed over a lifetime, the peerless collection of early music and entertainment machines includes grand European fair, dance and theater organs; orchestrions, automata, Frank Polk figurals and other slot machines; and even a spectacular, fully functional Karl Muller antique carousel. As described by Tom Tolworthy, CEO of Morphy Auctions and curator/director of the sale, the collection features “the finest examples of mechanical music machines to come to market in a decade.” Very rare Gastaud et Raibaut for J Bodson ‘Double Tino’ orchestrion, Paris, 1925, with automata in the image of famed Italian jazz accordionist Tino Rossi and drummer identified as ‘Mr Jimson of Martinique.’ Possibly the most original surviving example. Brisk, bright sound. Comes with four music rolls. Estimate $50,000-$100,000 The late Henri Krijnen, who made his fortune in the gambling and entertainment industry, had the heart of an antiquarian. Throughout his 50-year collecting odyssey, he sought out the finest, rarest and most beautiful examples. As his stellar collection grew, it was relocated several times to larger premises, finally settling in a custom-built warehouse in Oosterhout, Netherlands. Henri’s private museum was never open to the public, but on many occasions, it served as a wondrous centerpiece for private events Henri hosted for his fellow collectors.  “Even at the end of his life, Henri was still acquiring unique and special mechanical novelties, because his philosophy was, ‘There’s always room for one more,’” Tolworthy said. “Henri’s passion can be seen in all corners of his collection. The depth of selection within the categories he collected reflects the innate desire he had to bring the forgotten back to life for generations to enjoy.” The dizzying array of dance organs will leave collectors spoiled for choice, but there can be little doubt that one of the…

  • Auction Industry, Press Release
    Morphy’s serves up rare soda fountain, soda pop and other antique advertising in colorful August 23-25 auction series

    Sensational 19th-century soda fountain front and backbar with lighted fountain and marble soda dispenser expected to sell for $60,000-$100,000 DENVER, Pa. – Just as nightclubs are today’s social hubs, there was a time, more than a century ago, when the local soda fountain or soda shop was where people went for a light meal or wholesome refreshment in a cordial environment. Sometimes a soda fountain – named for the actual device that dispensed carbonated beverages – was found within a larger establishment, such as a drugstore or candy store. Soda fountain memorabilia is pure American nostalgia, and collectors revel in the opportunity to purchase such treasures from a source as esteemed as the Sharyn and Terry Brown collection, which highlights Morphy’s August 23-25 auction series. 19th-century soda fountain front and backbar with lighted front fountain and Charles Lippincott 10-position marble soda dispenser; originally in a Helena, Arkansas café that opened in 1888. Size: 161¼in long by 130in high. Estimate $60,000-$100,000 The Brown collection will be offered during the August 23-24 Soda Pop & Soda Fountain Advertising session, which is followed by General Advertising on August 25. The auction will begin each day at 9 am, with all forms of bidding available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live. The star of the show, and a prize that any collector would covet for their own home soda shop, is a stunning 19th-century soda fountain front and backbar with a lighted, stained-glass front fountain and a Charles Lippincott 10-position marble soda dispenser. Its origins can be traced to a Helena, Arkansas café that opened for business in 1888.  It comes to auction with six bent-wire stools, as well as historical photos and a newspaper clipping as provenance. The pre-sale estimate for this grand soda fountain suite is $60,000-$100,000. If any trade sign could be described as “eye candy,” it’s the Illuminating cast-aluminum and glass example designed as an ice cream soda, complete with “foam” and a long-handled spoon. Made by Beacon Mfg & Sales Co., New York, NY, it measures 33 by 24 by 8 inches and is emblazoned “SODA.” In…

  • 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.…