Morphy to hold ‘Holy Grail’ petroliana sale

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This rare Musgo Gasoline porcelain advertising sign will be part of the Kyle D. Moore petroliana collection sale hosted by Morphy Auctions. The first in a series of sales will be held Oct. 5.

Morphy Auctions been chosen to auction the Kyle D. Moore petroliana collection, now owned by a private investor. According to Morphy, it is the most valuable collection ever to pass through Morphy’s doors, having an estimated value of $15 million to $20 million.

Containing more than 900 gas globes, 150 vintage gas pumps and 2,000 petroleum-related advertising signs, the collection was amassed over a 40-year period by Moore, a cable TV entrepreneur who died in March 2014. Eight years prior to his death, Moore sold the entire collection to an Oklahoma businessman.

“Even though the collection belongs to another individual, it is so famous within the hobby, it is still widely known by the nickname ‘Kyle’s Collection,’” said Dan Matthews, head of Morphy Auctions’ petroliana department. “After the collection was purchased, the buyer decided it should remain at Kyle Moore’s house. It was a wise move, since the collection was purchased as an investment and was secure and well cared for right where it was.”

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This vintage gas pump globe advertises Independent Gasoline.

Matthews said he had visited the collection at Moore’s home seven or eight times over the last 15 years and that it is “the greatest of them all — the Holy Grail among collections of its type.” There are signs worth up to $100,000 apiece and pumps worth as much as $30,000, Matthews said.

The collection will be dispersed in a series of four or five auctions, with the opener slated for Oct. 5. Subsequent auctions will be held in 2016, starting with a January session.

“We are honored to be handling such a prestigious and highly regarded collection,” said Morphy “The market for petroliana is red hot right now, and the Kyle Moore collection is the best of the best in terms of quality, rarity and condition. We’re expecting a very exciting series of sales.”

Auction items will be on display at Morphy’s gallery approximately 30 days before each auction session as well as online at www.morphyauctions.com. For more information, call 717-335-3435.

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