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1956 Phaeton and petroliana coming to auction Aug. 9

A classic 1956 Mercury Montclair Phaeton will cruise before bidders Aug. 9, during Kaminski Auctions' sale that also includes petroliana items, celebrity memorabilia and historic porcelain figures.

1956 Phaeton may see between $20,000 and $40,000 at auction. (All photos courtesy Kaminski Auctions)

BEVERLY, Mass. -- A 1956 Mercury Montclair Phaeton previously shown by Bob Leslie of Lexington, Massachusetts, along with his extensive collection of vintage signs, oil cans, gas pumps and hood ornaments will feature at Kaminski’s August 9th auction. The sale will also showcase two other important collections, to include decorative porcelain and celebrity ephemera from the estate of Jess Rand of Santa Barbara, California.

The 1956 Mercury Montclair Phaeton is a four door, two- tone model with a restored V8 automatic transmission, and is ready to show. It has been described as having “ burly good looks with just enough period flash”. Collector interest in this model is very strong as only 23,493 of the 1956 hardtop model were produced. The estimate on the car is $20,000-$40,000.

Automobile and antique toy memorabilia enthusiasts will not want to miss this collection which includes an interesting mechanic’s stacking toolbox, antique toy trucks, vintage signs, oil cans, gas pumps, hood ornaments, a pair of Rayo driving lamps, a 1968 Official Match box collector’s case with 72 cars and trucks and much more.

The collection of decorative porcelain includes Royal Crown Derby, Boehm and Connoisseur of Malvern plates, figures and flowers. Of special interest are thirteen Royal Doulton "Williamsburg" soldier porcelain figures representing the thirteen colonies edition of 350, all with stands. The largest measures 15 inches high and the collection is estimated at $10,000-$15,000. A Lladro Jarron Japanese vase decorated by V. Navarro, and sculpted by A. Salvador Debon, edition of 750 valued at $800-$1,200 as well as several Capodemonte porcelain figural groupings of Walt Disney characters including "Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," "Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland," and "Walt Disney's Pinocchio are also on offer.

The celebrity ephemera collection from the estate of Jess Rand of Santa Barbara, California,

Williamsburg porcelain soldiers

Thirteen Royal Doulton "Williamsburg" soldiers, porcelain, figures representing the thirteen colonies ($1,000-$15,000)

manager to Sammy Davis Jr., Sam Cooke and The Lettermen features photographs, autographs, letters, postcards, contracts pertaining to them as well as others celebrities such as Elvis, Nat King Cole, Marilyn Monroe and Eartha Kitt.

Highlights in the fine art category include several fine lithographs, including two by Maurice de Vlaminck (French 1876-1958), a dry point by Mary Cassatt and a New York City winter street scene, oil on canvas by Johann Berthelsen (American 1883-1972).

An important late 19th century Native American storage basket with geometric patterns is valued at $2,000-$4,000. Several outstanding Chinese bronze Buddha’s and Chinese jade and gold jewelry, and sterling silver flatware round out this outstanding sale.
Preview for this sale is Thursday- Saturday, August 6th-8th 10:00am-5:00pm at the Kaminski Auctions gallery at 117 Elliott Street, RT. 62, Beverly, Massachusetts.

For more information go to and sign up to bid with KaminskiLIVE.Thursday - Saturday, August 6th - 8th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the day of sale, beginning at 8 a.m.

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