Morphy Auctions is an American antiques auction house, specialising in dolls, toys, action figures, coins, watches and jewellery. Its headquarters are based in Denver, Pennsylvania, USA.
Foundation and ownership
In 1997, Dan Morphy founded the Adamstown Antique Gallery in Denver, Pennsylvania. In 2000, he expanded the company by purchasing the York Antique Toy, Doll, Holiday and Advertising Show.
Finally, in 2004 the company introduced Morphy Auctions. This business structure continues as of 2011.
Expertise and services
The official website describes the company as “one of the fastest-growing and most successful auction houses and antique galleries in the country. It conducts auctions, rental space for dealers and retail purchases.
The Dan Morphy staff inventory, photograph, catalogue, advertise and store collections and consignments for clients. All items are kept in a high-security, museum-quality facility according to the website.
All items are fully insured, previews items for up to two months prior to auction and allows bidding via the floor, post, email, real-time internet, fax and telephone.
The company also provides free appraisals for clients looking to consign items or collections.
The official website highlights several notable sales.
In 2008, Dan Morphy auctioned a zinc advertising figure of Punch (of Punch and Judy) smoking a cigar. The extremely rare figure, circa 1885, sold for $207,000, surpassing its estimate.
The same year, the company sold a cast iron Roller Skating Mechanical Bank (circa 1880s) for $160,000.
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