Pinballs and petroliana perform well in three online-only auctions held May 10-12 by Miller & Miller

The auctions were packed with toys, historic ephemera, militaria, advertising signs, petroliana, soda advertising, automobilia, breweriana, pinball machines and coin-ops. Online bidding was provided by and the M&M website.
By: Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
Canadian 1940s porcelain Supertest Gasoline Sign.
Canadian 1940s porcelain Supertest Gasoline Sign.
NEW HAMBURG, Ontario - May 15, 2024 - PRLog -- A Canadian 1940s McColl-Frontenac service station sign, six feet in diameter, soared to $22,420; a Bally's Gilligan's Island pinball machine from 1991 went for $10,030; and a Japanese 1950s Linemar toy Good Humor Ice Cream delivery truck hit $3,245 in three days of online auctions held May 10th-11th-12th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

All prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars.

The auctions included a Toys & Historic Ephemera auction featuring Part 2 of the late Howie Meyer Legacy collection held on Friday, May 10th; a Toys, Advertising & Coin-Op auction held on Saturday, May 11th; and a Petroliana & Advertising auction featuring the late Syl Rumas collection held on Sunday, May 12th. The three sales combined totaled a gross of $947,156.50.

"Toys sold in our inaugural online-only sale for the late Howie Meyer Collection performed well," said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. "Some rare boxed examples crushed the high estimates – especially anything Disney. In the collector market, the upper five percent of any category is where to invest but first, make sure you like it. Top items did well this weekend."

Mr. Miller went on to say, "We can still feel the afterglow from the Rumas Collection sold on Sunday. Choice porcelain dealer signs soared through the roof. However, I do sense a slight regression in the advertising market compared to the fever during the pandemic. Great things are performing, but the importance of condition, size, and medium seems to have grown somewhat."

Petroliana lots on Day 3 posted some of the highest overall prices. The Petroliana & Advertising auction was a three-part event that featured the petroliana collection of the late Syl Rumas (signs, Canadian gas pumps, cans, ephemera and more), plus petroliana selections from the collection of the late Ken Hatt of Inverness, British Columbia (signs, Red Indian ephemera, Red Head tins).

Next up for Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is a Petroliana, Automobilia & Advertising auction featuring the Dr. Michael Francis collection on Saturday, June 15th; and an Advertising, Pottery & Historic Objects auction featuring the Jon Church collection the very next day, on June 16th.

To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the firm's upcoming auctions, please visit

Source:Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
Location:New Hamburg - Ontario - Canada
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