May 18, 2017. 17:25 ET

Family Set to Auction Petroliana Treasure Hoard 90-years Old Found in Kitchener basement.

Some of the petroliana items found in a Kitchener basement. The En-ar-co 1-gallon tins (in their original box) valued at over $3000. Supertest Station Façade sign valued at $3-5000. Rare 1920s En-ar-co 1-piece milk glass pump globe valued at $2-3000.

Waterloo Region, ON -- Items discovered include a rare art-deco porcelain Supertest sign valued at $4000-$6000, an early one-piece En-ar-co “slate boy” gas pump globe valued at $2000-3000, and an intact box of En-ar-co oil cans valued over $3000. 

The first images have been released of the late John Wilfong’s petroliana collection. The gathering, found in a dusty Kitchener basement, is a collector’s dream.

Wilfong’s family discovered these items in the lower deck of the house beneath a thick layer of sawdust. The items date to the 1920s and are part of a larger gathering of about 120 pieces, mostly of Canadian origin. Experts agree it is the single-most important discovery of petroliana in recent history.

Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. is selling the collection on the behalf of the family. “These items are highly sawed after”, Ethan Miller, co-founder joked. “It’s seldom you see such rarity intact, untouched, and unknown by other collectors. Our phones are ringing off the hook”.

The public interest in gas and oil memorabilia has skyrocketed in recent years.

“Prices are through the roof in this category”.  Justin Miller, co-founder of Miller & Miller Auctions remarked. “Wilfong was before his time. His family will be very pleased with the results”. 

The entire collection will be sold live and online on June 3rd. Bidders can participate online

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Miller & Miller Auctions (formerly J.C. Miller Antiques) is an auction company focused on the sale of high-value collections between $35,000 - $3,000,000. Its online bidding platform Miller & Miller Live! attracts collectors worldwide.