Under The Hood

The shave will cost more than two bits

Have a Duesenberg appetite and a Pinto budget? Well, you can still get your Fred and Augie fix during Morphy Auctions’ Dec. 8-10 sale when a pair of mugs formerly belonging to the Duesenberg brothers cross the block.

The Thursday, Dec. 8 session will be ushered in by 150 lots of occupational shaving mugs. Among the rarest mugs are examples depicting boxers, a veterinarian treating an ailing horse, and a sea captain’s ship, but the entry that is expected to attract the most interest is a pair of mugs that belonged to the Duesenberg brothers, who produced automobiles but actually began as bicycle manufacturers.

“Each of the mugs has a picture of one of the Duesenberg brothers on a bike. The mugs will be sold as a single lot together with a letter of authenticity and other documentation. It’s a great archive,” said Morphy Auctions CEO Dan Morphy.

The estimate is $10,000-$15,000.

For additional information, call Morphy’s at 717-335-3435 or e-mail serena@morphyauctions.com. View the fully illustrated catalog and all other auction information online at www.morphyauctions.com or www.liveauctioneers.com. Bid high and bid often!

This pair of shaving mugs are believed to have been the property of Fred and Augie Duesenberg and depict the brothers in the era of their early bicycle interests. Note the misspelling of the brothers' names.


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