The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 31, 2014

Sign prices continue to rise

At 10 a.m. today, we will start selling a very large auction at the Clinton National Guard Armory.

One highlight will be the 1976 Thunderbird with only 56,000 miles and the owner bought it new. A very large teapot collection from Goose Lake will be sold and a complete household from Camanche also will cross the auction block. Over the past few years, signs advertising various items have come up for sale and prices have continued to rise.

A recent gas sign sold for more than $200. A green stamp sign sold for more than $100 and a few years back we bought a “Bomb Shelter” sign that went to a sign collector. Here are some recent prices of signs selling in Independence.

An oil can sign hit the high bid of $390. A Pennzoil sign managed $180 and a McCormick’s Farmall sign held on for $250. Other signs reported at the Independence auction were a Gulf Lube sign topping out at $425. A car battery sign depicting Grant Batteries made it to $350 and a Goodrich Silvertonwns Tires sign rolled all the way to $480.

A Wolf’s Head Motor Oil sign ran off with a $360 bid. An Exide Batteries Service Recharging sign went to $380. These signs were consigned to an auction in Independence.

Most anything to do with oil, gas or automobiles does well at auctions as collectors continue to enter the marketplace. Firearms continue as a strong category in the auction business and here are realized prices from a March auction in Wisconsin.

A Browning Superposed 12 gauge O/U sold for the high bid of $3,200, a Swiss model 1929 Luger Pistol shot its way to $2,805 as a winning bid. A Winchester model 1887 Lever Auction 10 gauge fired its way to $1,760.

We will sell two firearms at the auction this morning at the National Guard Armory.

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