BEST SELLERS > Old Harley-Davidson Oil Can Fetches $10,655

Early Example of an Iconic Collectible

The antique Harley-Davidson five-gallon oil can (eBay)
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April 22, 2016
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

ONLINE - An antique Harley-Davidson oil can has sold for $10,655 on eBay. While there certainly may be others that have sold for more, this is the highest price I can recall for an oil can.

RARE 1909 FIVE-GALLON CAN

The can, dated June 1st, 1909, by a patent on the lid, is five-gallons, and has an original price of $4.00 listed on the back.

1909 Prototype Harley (Buzz Kanter).

The sellers description in the eBay listing described it as "very, very, rare," and in exceptional condition. "This rare oil can is in near mint condition with some surface rust but very little for it's age. It's 13 3/4" high, 9" square. This can has been in my collection for 30 years and I have never cleaned it. This will be a great top shelf can in anyone's collection!"

ONE-GALLON FETCHED $3,500

A few years back, famed oil can collector Frank Fritz of American Pickers, found a one-gallon Harley-Davidson oil can dated 1908, and paid $3,500.

Frank Fritz talks about collecting (Roadrunner).

That acquisition was for his personal collection. The episode was titled, "Frank's Holy Grail." Even now, that amount seems substantial. But, this sale may be taking things to a whole new level.

AUCTION INFO

The Harley-Davidson oil can received 43 bids, from 21 bidders, over 10-days. Opening bid was $100, final bid $10,655. Auction ended Thursday, April 21, 2016. eBay Item Number:182089910575.

OIL CAN PRICES

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