A brilliant, round Frontier Gas “Rarin’ to Go” double-sided porcelain sign, one of only two known, soared to $26,400 – nearly triple its pre-sale estimate – at a weekend auction held May 15-16 by Matthews Auctions, LLC, based in Nokomis, Ill. It was the second major auction held in May by the firm, which conducted a sale in Wisconsin May 1.
The Frontier Gas sign – 60 inches in diameter and boasting a colorful yellow rider and great gloss – was easily the top lot of either sale. “We expected that sign to bring $10,000, so it was a nice surprise when several determined bidders drove the price up,” said Dan Matthews of Matthews Auctions, LLC. “But it was Clyde’s favorite sign of all, so we expected it to do well.”
The single-owner lifetime collection of gas signs, globes and collectibles owned by Clyde Dodge was auctioned without reserve (everything sold, regardless of price). About 200 people attended the event, at which nearly 750 lots crossed the block.