Leather Canadian motorcycle license plate from 1907 brings CA$10,620 at Miller & Miller auction
A leather motorcycle license plate from 1907 sold for $10,620 and a 1930s Orange Crush tin litho sign brought $5,959 at an Advertising & Historic Objects auction held Dec. 7 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., online and at the gallery in Canada.
By: Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
The leather motorcycle plate, extremely rare, measured 6 ½ inches by 4 inches and was listed in the 1910 directory as issued to Walter H. Gurd, 185 Dundas Street in London, Ontario. The Orange Crush single-sided lithographed tin sign, a recent find, was 59 inches by 35 inches. It was marked "C-12N – St. Thomas Metal Signs Ltd., St. Thomas, Ont" on the lower center edge.
"Two days before the sale we were contacted by a construction firm that had uncovered a layer of early tin Coca-Cola and Orange Crush signs behind the wall of a building that was slotted for demolition,"
The auction featured the collection of John McKenty – the Canadian historian and author whose collection tells the story of the rise and fall of the Canada Cycle & Motor Company of Canada. Mr. McKenty gave a special presentation the Friday evening before the auction. He was once described as "Canada's premier authority to the community that collects anything CCM related."
A 1937 Canada Cycle & Motor Company "Flyte" bicycle – the rarest of all the CCM bicycles, an expensive-for-
The McKenty collection featured CCM bicycles, advertising, sports memorabilia, catalogs, brochures, photographs and paper ephemera. "The literature performed especially well," Mr. Miller said. "Results were strong, most on the high-side if not exceeding estimates. Such an offering of CCM memorabilia would be hard if not impossible to replicate anytime soon."
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