The sale of items from the legendary late collector set new participation records for a Sotheby’s UK auction.
The majority of these top prices were garnered at two giant sales of the collection of the Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola memorabilia, held by Richard Opfer Auctioneering.
10) 1930s neon building clock and sign - $50,000
9) 1898 calendar - $50,000
A Coca-Cola calendar dating from 1898 sold for $50,000 at Richard Opfer Auctioneering in September 2011
8) 1900 tin sidewalk sign - $55,000
A Coca-Cola embossed tin sidewalk sign from 1900, stating: ‘Drink. Delicious. Refreshing’, and featuring popular vaudeville singer and early Coca-Cola model Hilda Clark, sold for $55,000 at Dan Morphy auctions in February 2007
7) 1920 glass light-up bottle - $65,000
A 1920 36” leaded glass Coca-Cola light-up bottle display by Metropolitan Art Glass Company, sold for $65,000 at Richard Opfer Auctioneering in September 2011
6) c.1913 ‘Girl on Hammock’ festoon - $80,000
A Coca-Cola festoon entitled ‘Girl on Hammock’ from around 1913, a piece that defines festoon advertising and early lithography. Sold for $80,000 at Richard Opfer Auctioneering in September 2011
5) 1897 ‘Victorian Girl’ tray - $95,000
A Coca-Cola Victorian Girl tray from 1897, thought to be the very first tin lithographed tray used by the Coca-Cola Company. Sold for $95,000 at Richard Opfer Auctioneering in September 2011
4) c.1915 globe soda dispenser - $100,000
A Coca-Cola leaded globe soda dispenser circa 1915, sold for $100,000 at Richard Opfer Auctioneering in September 2011
3) c.1896 cameo paper sign - $105,000
A Coca-Cola Cameo lithograph paper sign from around 1896, printed by J. Ottmann Litho. Co, Ney York. Sold for $105,000 at Richard Opfer Auctioneering in September 2011
2) Early glass globe - $140,000
Early Coca-Cola leaded glass globe made up of mosaic pieces in greens, reds, white and ivory, sold for $140,000 at Richard Opfer Auctioneering in September 2011
1) 1893 Soda fountain - $4.5 million
Marble and alabaster Coca-Cola soda fountain made by Liquid Carbonic for the 1893 Columbian exposition of the Chicago World’s Fair, sold for $4,475,000 at Richard Opfer Auctioneering in March 2012
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