Oilzum advertising sign could make $30,000 at Bonhams

Bonhams will hold its Transportation History Sale on December 4 in New York, starring an Oilzum advertising sign.

Oilzum motoring sign
The sign features moving cars of the 1910s

The sign is an automated diorama, showing motorised teens-era road and racing cars that move about the display. Valued at $25,000-30,000, it is in tatty condition with some loss of paint, but is nonetheless a charming piece of memorabilia.

The second highest bids of the sale will be seen by a Lalique "Victoire" glass hood ornament, which is expected to sell for $20,000-25,000. Made in 1928, the piece would look at home on a car of the era, which are renowned for their luxury.

Road Racing Comes to America, an illustration in Peter Helck's popular book The Checkered Flag, will sell at $10,000-15,000. The pen and ink drawing shows Herb Lytle and Charles Soules in a Pope-Toledo at the first international race held in America, the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup.

Another highlight is The Bluebird Trophy, a 1933 award won by GP Harvey Noble at the Sydenham Motor Club. Featuring an embossed image of Sir Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird at speed surrounded by angels, it is expected to sell for $4,000-6,000.

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