To address the growing number of consignment inquiries from European collectors, Morphy Auctions has appointed Netherlands-based Jeroen van Valkenburg to the post of international representative. Read More +
A wealth of rare antique signs, figures and other promotional items will be offered April 20-21, 2012 at Morphy Auction. The 1,260-lot sale incorporates an array of signage, with the centerpiece being the revered Coca-Cola advertising collection of the late Michael Narvaez. Also featured is an exceptional parade hat for Diligent Fire Company, possibly of Jim Thorpe, Pa., 1860s, which could bring $20,000 to $30,000. Read More +
DENVER, Pa. – The featured collection in Morphy Auctions’ Feb. 24-25, 2012 sale is a set of antique armor which was amassed over 50 years by Hollywood animator and film director Frank Andrina. The most imposing item in the collection … Read More +
Pennsylvania antiques dealer David Horst has joined Morphy Auctions as chief consultant to the company’s Americana department. Horst will handle consignments and cataloging of all Americana and folk art auctioned by Morphy’s. Horst developed a specialty in stoneware and ceramics, with a particular expertise in mocha spatter and gaudy Dutch; as well as Pennsylvania German antiques of all types, including painted furniture. Read More +
DENVER, Pa. – A large percentage of the world’s population has never even seen a dial-face telephone, but that certainly wasn’t the case with the late Bill Daniels. The massive collection of antique and vintage phones that filled his home comprised a chronological archive of Alexander Graham Bell’s 1876 invention and contained models ranging from primitive turn of the 20th century curiosities to ultra-cool mid-century designs. Read More +
Everyone waited with anticipation for the final lot of RSL’s auction featuring the John Jirkofsky mechanical bank collection. That’s because serious bidders knew the rarity behind the pristine, multicolored J. & E. Stevens mechanical bank commemorating the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Only about five of the color variation offered at the sale were known to exist. Estimated at $14,000-$18,000, the bank depicting Christopher Columbus sitting on a rock, with the Santa Maria at one side and an Indian chasing a buffalo on the other side, "discovered" its true market value at a record $45,325.
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