Auctions America By RM's 2012 Auburn Spring Auction
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| The historic Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana, will become a giant treasure chest of automotive memorabilia June 1-3 when Auctions America by RM offers the largest private collection of high-quality scale models, fine art paintings, original signs and rare vintage mascots the auction company has ever consigned. In addition to the thousands of 'automobilia' items, which will all sell to the highest bidders during the three-day Auburn Spring auction, more than 600 American muscle cars, Classics, foreign sports cars and hot rods will cross the block.
'Automobilia is great fun for collectors whether their budgets are big or small,' said Auctions America by RM's President Donnie Gould. 'Some enthusiasts buy scale-model cars because they can't afford the full-size versions; others buy them to put on a desk while the full-size version sits in the garage. Not everyone can afford a million-dollar 427 Cobra, but a well-made scale model might go for a few hundred dollars.'
Model cars offered at Auburn Spring range from 1/24-scale Franklin Mint models in batches of five (est. $150 - $350) to a 1/8-scale Conti 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder (est. $10,000 - $15,000). A five-figure price tag for a model might seem like a lot, but it's quite a bargain compared to the $10 million it would take to purchase one of the 10 full-size NARTs Ferrari built. The star of the collection is a Sapo Modelltechnik model of a 1913 Mercer 35J Raceabout with a 14.5-inch wheelbase and more than 3,000 individual parts. Considered one of the finest detailed models ever, the Mercer has been appraised at $18,000 to $25,000.
Vintage airplane models such as a Pan Am jet airliner (est. $250 - $500) and World War II B-17 bomber (est. $500 - $1,000) will go to new hangars, and a 110-inch-wide recreation of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis is expected to soar to an altitude between $2,500 and $5,000.
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