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'63 Corvette, petroliana signs and more all do well in Miller & Miller's December 3rd online auction
All 241 lots were from the lifetime collection of Gary Archer, a collector who aggressively sought out gas pumps, petroliana advertising, automobilia, soda signs and toys. Internet bidding was via LiveAuctioneers.com and the Miller & Miller website.
By: Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
Prices quoted are in Canadian dollars and include an 18 percent buyer's premium.
All 241 lots in the sale were from the lifetime collection of the late Gary Archer, a collector who aggressively sought out gas pumps, petroliana advertising, automobilia, soda signs and old toys. "The family reflected on what Gary paid for certain pieces. It was like winning the lottery," said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. "Overall the auction was seen as a great success."
Mr. Miller said that as the market for petroliana (gas station collectibles)
Auto buffs are familiar with the '63 'split-window' as one of the most rare and coveted Corvettes out there. Mr. Archer imported his from the U.S. in 1983 and stored it away as an investment in a dry, heated garage. Prior to that, the car received a cosmetic restoration that included a color change to red and many interior upgrades. The car more than doubled its $60,000 high estimate.
The Chrysler Plymouth Fargo dealer sign was produced for the Canadian market and measured 44 ½ inches by 41 ½ inches. The sign blasted through its pre-sale estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Following are additional highlights from the auction, which grossed $478,018 and attracted 382 registered users, who placed a combined 6,478 bids. One hundred percent of the lots were sold. Internet bidding was facilitated by both LiveAuctioneers.com and the Miller & Miller website.
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., has two major auctions planned for the first quarter of next year. They include an Advertising & Historic Objects auction on Saturday, January 21st; 2023; and a Canadiana & Folk Art auction on Saturday, February 11th. Both auctions will be online-only.
To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the firm's upcoming sales, please visit www.millerandmillerauctions.com.