Morphy’s mid-May auction $5.4M

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DENVER, PA – MORPHY AUCTIONS’ gallery was a hive of activity prior to the company’s May 11-15 marathon auction series that grossed $5.4 million. The attraction was a 3,400-lot array of rare antique and vintage items that ran the gamut of American amusements, from 19th-century railroad memorabilia and coin-op machines to mid-20th-century petroliana and automotive signs.

The five-day event opened with 937 high-quality lots of railroadiana, including train and station signage, lanterns, whistles, bells, clocks, waiting-room furniture, and every imaginable item used in transit, from railroad-branded dining car tableware to smoking accessories. Bidders competed aggressively for a Union Switch subway/transit signal with green, amber and (two) red lenses. It ended up selling for $14,400, 18 times its high estimate.

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