Kyle D. Moore petroliana collection to sell at Morphy Auctions
Morphy Auctions is preparing to sell the most valuable single-owner collection in the company's history – the petroliana collection of Kyle D. Moore.
Amassed over 40 years by cable TV entrepreneur Moore, the incredible collection will be offered across several sales starting next month. “We have no doubt that this collection is worth fifteen to twenty million dollars. It’s in a class of its own,” said Dan Morphy.
The collection features thousands of rare porcelain signs, hundreds of vintage gas pumps and a remarkable 900 original gas globes, many of them unique or the finest-known examples in the hobby.
“This is the one that every collector has been waiting for,” said Dan Matthews, Morphy Auctions’ automobilia and petroliana expert. “Each and every session will contain some unbelievable gems."
"I haven’t seen such a level of excitement in all my years in the hobby. We expect standing room only and very busy phones and Internet. This is a famous and very highly regarded petroliana collection. It’s one for the history books.”
Highlights from the first sale will include rarities such as a Kelly Tires “Lotta Miles” porcelain sign estimated at $50,000-$80,000; a Red Hat Motor Oil/Gasoline double-sided porcelain sign valued at $25,000-$35,000; a fully-restored double-clockface Eco-meter pump estimated at $20,000-$40,000; and a hand-painted Musgo Gasoline “Michigan’s Mile Maker gas globe expected to sell for $15,000-$25,000.
“We’re proud and honored that we were chosen to auction the Kyle D. Moore collection, which is widely acknowledged as the greatest of its type,” said Morphy. “There’s already tremendous excitement about this collection. We can tell by the number of phone calls and emails we’ve been receiving that this auction is going to be an event collectors will be talking about for many, many years to come.”
The first part of Moore's collection will cross the auction block on Monday October 5.
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