A rare porcelain Empire Gasoline sign has sold as top lot in a US petroliana auction held on August 3 in Iowa.
The impressive sign achieved $10,450 due to its remarkable condition, which was graded nine out of a possible 10 despite heavy wear to the reverse side of the bottom. Measuring over 30 inches in diameter, it features a sunburst logo and is among the rarest of all gasoline signs.
Next up from the 475 lots offered in the sale was a rare Texaco Marine Lubricants single-sided porcelain sign with ships graphics, which sold for $9,900. Noted for its rarity, due to it featuring the black "T", the sign also rated highly on condition, scoring another nine for great colour and gloss.
Following this was an extremely rare original Ford Service canopy-mounted globe sign, which featured the Ford "The Universal Car" logo. Rated nine for condition, the body of the globe was in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs, though the original paint was almost completely worn off. According to the auction house, repainting the globe will have no effect on the value, prompting a final sale price of $8,250.
The auction was held on the final day of the annual three-day Iowa Gas Swap Meet, a popular gathering for collectors of gas and oil petroliana and auto advertising.
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