Rare aviation memorabilia to star in Mecum Road Art auction

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Filton Fan

2016-10-11 12:45:24

Mecum Auctions' forthcoming Road Art sale is set to offer high-flying collectors a chance to own some aviation history.

The three-day auction in Wisconsin will feature more than 1,200 lots of vintage automobilia such as porcelain and neon signs, gas pumps and globes, oil cans and other motoring relics.

However, for the first time the sale will also include a selection of rare memorabilia from the early years of the aviation industry.

"People are more frequently showing interest in signs and products from the aviation trades,” said Dan Mecum, head of Mecum’s Road Art department.

“Part of the interest has to do with the sheer rarity behind those products; there just weren’t many airplanes and airports in that day, so there were fewer artefacts produced to promote them making these items very difficult to come by.

"The ones coming up for sale in October are some of the best we have ever seen. This really is a remarkable opportunity for collectors to discover and purchase fantastically rare aviation collectibles."

Highlights include a highly sought-after double-sided porcelain Smith-O-Lene aviation fuel sign estimated at $60,000 - $90,000; an original circa 1940s Shell aviation sign from an airport hangar, valued at $25,000 - $35,000; the only known example of a single lens Airmail gasoline globe, priced at $40,000 - $80,000; and a double-sided Cessna Authorized Service porcelain neon sign with bullnose, estimated at $20,000 - $30,000.

The sale will also feature a selection of aviation industry oil cans, from vintage brands like Fleetwood, Skyway, Clipper and Ace High.

The Mecum Road Art Auction takes place in Walworth, Wisconsin on October 20-22.

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