This flanged Sealed Power Authorized Service (w/lady diver graphic) 20x31-inch tin sign sold for $2,800.
Story and photos by Ron Kowalke
As part of Mecum Auctions’ 24th annual Spring Classic sale in Indianapolis, Ind., May 17-22, a separate auction arena was enlisted in addition to the vehicle podium for the purpose of offering several prominent collections of automobilia. Among these items of automotive collectibles was the 400-piece, 30-year collection of Mike Guarise that was offered for sale on May 21.
Highlights of this large collection were high-end gas- and oil-related pieces, rare neon signs and porcelain single- and double-sided tin signs including several promoting legendary automotive dealerships such as Mr. Norm’s, Nickey and Yenko.
Among the top-selling items were:
Chevrolet Super Service 60-inch-diameter milk-glass neon sign, $20,000
1928 Pontiac (early black) 96x48-inch porcelain neon sign, $8,500
Yenko “bowtie” style 55-inch neon sign, $7,000
Dodge-Plymouth Approved Service 42-inch-diameter porcelain neon sign, $7,000
Dodge Scat Pack 57x32-inch light-up plastic sign, $7,000
Pontiac Service 48-inch-diameter porcelain neon sign, $6,100
Chevrolet Super Service 60-inch diameter porcelain sign, $5,500
A Chevrolet - America’s No. 1 Choice 24x32-inch plastic light-up sign sold for $750.
Dodge-Plymouth 30x65-inch porcelain neon sign, $5,500
Pontiac Goodwill Used Cars 49x72-inch porcelain neon sign, $5,200
Chevrolet Super Service 42-inch-diameter porcelain sign, $5,000
Bennett Clockface Gulf-branded gas pump, $4,750
OK Used Cars Nickey Chevrolet 62x84-inch steel neon sign, $4,500
OK Used Cars - 427 Miles to Yenko Chevrolet 40x60-inch square tin sign, $4,000
McColl-Frontenac Products (w/Indian Chief graphic) 30-inch-diameter porcelain sign, $4,000
Pontiac Service Manager metal light-up 10x24-inch sign, $3,600
Gilbarco Red Crown (w/globe topper) gas pump, $3,500
Firestone Tires “shield”-style 39-inch porcelain sign, $3,500
United Motors Authorized Service (w/AC Products byline) 18x14-inch porcelain sign, $3,500
Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge 48-inch neon sign, $3,200
Nickey Powered 55-inch neon sign, $3,200
Golden Shell Motor Oil “clamshell” design 36-inch tin sign, $3,100
Diamond Gasoline quadrangular 40x70-inch porcelain sign, $2,900
Kan-O-Tex w/Ethyl 42-inch-diameter porcelain sign, $2,900
Marathon Products 48-inch diameter porcelain sign, $2,800
This flanged Registered AC Spark Plug Cleaning Station (w/comical horse in
shower graphic) tin sign sold for $575.
Sealed Power Authorized Service 20x31-inch flanged tin sign, $2,800
Wadhams Gasoline w/Ethyl 42-inch-diameter porcelain sign, $2,600
Chevrolet Service 20-inch diameter neon clock, $2,300
Pontiac (w/Indian head graphic) 36-inch-diameter porcelain sign, $2,200
For complete results of the Mecum Auctions Indianapolis memorabilia sales, visit www.mecum.com.
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