The first neon advertising sign was used for a Parisian barber in 1912. Since then, neon has been used to add color highlights to porcelain signs and advertising clocks, and to create highly ornate and even 'animated' neon signs for a wide variety of brands and retail establishments.

Some of the most collectible neon signs were custom-made or produced in small quantities in the 1940s and 50s for restaurants, shops, clubs, bars, hotels, burger joints, ice cream parlors, auto dealerships, gas stations, you name it. Then there are the more recent mass-produced neon signs, both outdoor and indoor, often representing beverage companies like Budweiser, Coca Cola, Pepsi, and other beer and soda brands.

As with all signs, condition is key, but especially with neon, since replacing it can be an expensive custom job, don't forget to find out if the neon still works!

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Recent News: Neon Signs

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The week's passages
The Seattle Times (registration), April 25th

Betty willis, 91, a commercial artist who in 1959 designed the 25-foot-high neon sign reading “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada” that became a beloved symbol, even making the National Register of Historic Places, died April 19 in Overton, Nev...Read more

Antiques, collectibles stolen from De Soto-area business
Leader Publications, April 24th

Between April 12 and 8 a.m. on April 14, someone forced open a back door to the business and stole several items, including three antique tin toy cars, antique silver cigar tins, an antique oil bottle, a tote full of die-cast cars, a Bud Light neon...Read more

Two legends who designed Las Vegas's iconic neon landscape died on the ...
Quartz, April 22nd

Betty Jane Willis, 91, the designer of the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” neon sign, died peacefully in her home in Overton, Nevada. The sign, erected in 1959, has served as Las Vegas's welcome marquee, its city logo, and an enduring symbol of...Read more

Betty Willis, designer of the Las Vegas welcome sign, dies at 91
Las Vegas Sun, April 20th

Legendary Las Vegas neon sign designer Betty Willis, known for her world-famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, talks about how she created her illustrious masterpiece and the significance of each of the sign's various symbols...Read more

Vern Walker's Enormous Automotive Neon Sign Collection Sells For $4.65 Million
Hot Rod Network, April 20th

Mecum Auctions is well known among street rodders for its live auctions of street rods, hot rods, classic cars and trucks, muscle cars, and collector cars. Attending a Mecum Auction is like going to a top-level car show, except that virtually every...Read more

Familiar neon Valleyfair sign coming down
SW News Media, April 15th

The Valleyfair sign along County Road 101 that has welcomed millions of park guests for nearly 30 years is coming down on Wednesday. It is being replaced with a modern LED version, working to reduce energy consumption and yearly maintenance...Read more

Diner on Delmar Loop wins award for neon sign
KTRS | St Louis News and Talk Radio | The Big 550 AM, April 7th

St. Louis, MO (KTRS) – The neon sign outside of the Peacock Diner on the Delmar Loop, is the best in the world. The sign won first place in the International Signs of the Times competitions. The sign weighs in at nearly two tons, it is 11 feet wide...Read more

Loop diner's neon sign voted best sign in the world, March 30th

Peacock Diner neon sign UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI)- The neon sign for the Peacock Diner has won first place in the International Signs Of The Times competition. The diner in the Delmar Loop is known for its neon decor and good milkshakes and food...Read more