Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas Automobilia Auction To Feature One Of The Finest Collections Of Tin And Porcelain Signs
LAS VEGAS – Sept. 27, 2019 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, will sell over 375 authentic automobilia items, all at No Reserve, during the 12th Annual Las Vegas Auction at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort, October 3-5, 2019. One of the finest collections of tin and porcelain signs will be featured on this year’s Automobilia Auction docket, including over 100 items from the Kevin Greco Collection, as well as an impressive 1940s Shell Oil double-sided porcelain service station sign (Lot #7258.2), which was never displayed and is in pristine condition.
“Automobilia pieces have become a significant part of the collector car culture and history,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Like collector vehicles, they elicit a sense of nostalgia that connects us to our past. This year’s Las Vegas Automobilia Auction will feature one of the finest collections of tin and porcelain signs we’ve seen in over a decade at the this event. Any one of them will be a prized addition to a home, office or garage.”
Over 150 highly desirable tin and porcelain signs will cross the block in Las Vegas, including Lot #8252, a near-perfect late-1940s Oldsmobile Service 5-foot double-sided porcelain sign. This sign includes the globe logo, which appears to have never been displayed. One of the most iconic signs of roadside Americana, an iconic 7-foot 1953 Mobil Pegasus single-sided porcelain service station sign (Lot #8255), is in excellent condition with good color and gloss, part of the Kevin Greco Collection.
More than 20 original 1930s to 1950s porcelain neon signs will be included in this year’s Las Vegas Automobilia Auction. Sure to be a crowd-pleaser, Lot #8297 is a 7-foot, single-sided porcelain Piggly Wiggly neon store marquee sign that’s highlighted by its expert restoration. Lot #8294 is a Chevrolet Super Service single-sided neon porcelain sign from the 1940s to 1950s that has been professionally restored to day-one condition. A seldom-seen 1940s Willys Overland neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #8295) was found in near-mint condition.
“Barrett-Jackson continues to set the standard in Automobilia Auctions,” said Rory Brinkman, Automobilia Director at Barrett-Jackson. “Not only have we defined this market, but have continued to lead with new segments, like vintage minibikes and go-karts. These have become a highly coveted among collectors, and we’ll have several incredible examples in Las Vegas.”
Lot #8265 is a 1968 Honda Z50A Minibike in Candy Red and white that runs great and underwent a show-quality restoration. A similar minibike is a meticulously restored 1971 Honda Z50 K2 (Lot #8264.2) finished in Candy Blue and white that features the original frame and rebuilt engine. Lot #8270 is a 1965 Shelby Mustang golf cart built by McLaren Classic Restorations. It comes with a 48-volt lithium ion battery and custom multicolored diamond-stitch seats with light-up Cobra patches sewn into the headrests.
Barrett-Jackson will also sell over 20 restored service station gas pumps, which continue to be one of the hottest segments in automobilia sales. A beautiful 1920 Tokheim visible gas pump (Lot #8284.1) was restored by McLaren Classic Restoration and features pinstriping by Rubin. From the Brass Era of motoring, a 1928 Texaco Oil Wayne 515 visible gas pump (Lot #8282) has been restored to unsurpassable condition.