Born in New York City, Appleman graduated with a Fine Art degree from the City University of New York. Although he is known for his automotive artworks, his sculptures comprise a variety of subjects from world leaders to animals.
Today Appleman jars are some of the most sought after pieces in the cookie jar world. And over the years have been collected by loads of famous people, especially noticeable when there were photo-shoots of their homes for magazines. The jars take up a lot of room as they are huge and heavy!
Text on Appleman tags:
Glenn Appleman’s distinctive hand-made and signed artworks are a combination of whimsy, nostalgia, and irreverence. They have become collectibles prized by Sophia Loren, Dustin Hoffman, Reggie Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Bill Cosby, Dolly Parton and many other discriminating art and automobile lovers.
First jar was made in 1970
Issue price in 1983 was raised to $75. for the cars and $100. for trucks.
Company closed in 1987, although a special issue of Sid’s Taxis were later produced.
Over the years Appleman jars have not only held their own, but have typically shown up in the top jars on eBay when checking out monthly prices. A random check still shows several Appleman jars in the top ten sold prices.
Packard Police Car $1200.
Rolls Royce — $1000.
Black Corvette Jar – $1750
Red Buick Packard Convertible – $325.
1984 Appleman Stroh’s Beer Truck – $1,500
1985 Appleman Red Corvette – $1,350
Sid’s 1978 Radio Taxi – $325.
1978 Appleman Humperbump Police Car – $975
Buick Convertible – $480
Rolls Royce – $755
Mercedes – $561
Although Appleman jars have traditionally been some of the higher priced jars sold, they are not immune to the downturn in the cookie jar market. Looking back at prices from a few years ago, these were prices previously shown on this website:
White Corvette – $2225.
Gray Mercedes – $810.
Packard – $710.
Sid’s Night Owl Taxi – $510.