North American Auction Company
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Last Chance Passed Lots Auction: October 28th, 2022

Mon, Oct 24, 2022 02:00AM EDT - Fri, Oct 28, 2022 03:00PM EDT
Lot 172

Original Bull Durham c. 1910-1920's Advertisement

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

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This is an original Bull Durham Smoking Tobacco advertisement litho sign dating to circa 1910-1920’s. The piece is paper ephemera done on hard stock showing the iconic image of two Black American lovebirds kissing through a torn hole in the umbrella. The piece is good color and is well preserved in a wood frame. Marked, "My! It Shure am Sweet - Standard for Three Generations - Genuine "Bull" Durham - Smoking Tobacco. Bull Durham original authentic advertisements, such as this piece, are exceedingly rare with some examples selling for over $12,000 at auction. For reference see the sign sold by Chup Antiques in 2022 and the nearly identical example sold by Rich Penn in 2021. The measurement of this framed advertisement is 34 3/4" x 26 7/8" and the visible art measures 25 1/2" x 18".