Road Art is a signature and trademarked term exclusive to the Mecum Auction brand. The term was developed to encompass a segment of the collector market that includes a host of products and advertising components used in the last 115 years to endorse, promote and celebrate the automobile and all things related.
The collection featured herein is irrefutably one of the finest to ever come to public market in such a way. The sheer amount of items it comprises is impressive, with more than 1,200 individual pieces of Road Art contained within. It is further distinguished by the quality, rarity and exclusivity of its individual parts. Composed of investment-grade porcelain signs, neon signs, gas pumps and globes, oil cans and other Road Art relics, this collection was decades in the making, as an assemblage of this caliber is not established overnight. The tremendous quality and superior condition of the items offered is astonishing. This collection includes the most valuable globe selection ever offered in one auction, including several that will likely never be seen at auction again. The quality of the oil cans in this collection is hard to comprehend, as if someone predicted a century ago that they would someday hold value like that of a precious metal.
The beauty of this collection, though, is its truly transcendental nature. These items are on a level above mere collectability. The graphics, the colors and the innovative designs of the time exist today as markers in history and tell the story of this country’s growth from the Industrial Revolution forward; these items are American treasures. They take a step beyond the traditional ideas of desirability and rise above the worlds of advertising and automobile collectibles. Together, the Road Art herein creates a colorful timeline through the past; as individual items, these artifacts today stand definitively as works of fine art. Mecum Auctions is honored to present this consummate Road Art collection this October 20-22 at the Mecum Badger Street Facility in Walworth, Wisconsin, just southwest of beautiful Lake Geneva and minutes away from the
LOCATION Mecum Auctions Gallery 119 Badger Street Walworth, WI 53184 SCHEDULE PREVIEW October 19 (9 AM until 4 PM each day) AUCTION Gates open daily at 8 AM
ROAD ART: Begins Thursday at 4 PM Begins Friday and Saturday at 10 AM