PRIZED PAUL AND CHRIS ANDREWS COLLECTION SET FOR RM'S AUCTION PODIUM

November 20, 2014 by RM Auctions

PRIZED PAUL AND CHRIS ANDREWS COLLECTION SET FOR RM'S AUCTION PODIUM  • RM Auctions presents the coveted Paul and Chris Andrews Collection, April 30 – May 2, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas

• Sale features an unprecedented selection of motor cars and memorabilia, meticulously assembled over many years by the respected father and son team

• Further information will be available at www.rmauctions.com in early 2015

BLENHEIM, Ontario (November 20, 2014) – Continuing its reputation as the industry leader for private collection sales, RM Auctions will lift the gavel on the prized and highly respected Paul and Chris Andrews Collection during a single-vendor sale in Fort Worth, Texas, April 30 – May 2, 2015.

Unrivalled in terms of its quality, presentation and historical significance, the Andrews Collection represents years of acquisition by lifelong enthusiast and successful entrepreneur, Paul Andrews, and his son Chris, an accomplished artist and businessman in his own right. The father and son's shared passion for the hobby, commitment to excellence and dedication to preserving automotive history is immediately apparent when touring their impressive museum. It is also reflected in a meticulous and very precise collecting philosophy, which has seen them actively research every acquisition, nurture relationships with the world's leading experts in a variety of marques and genres, as well as commission work from the top craftsmen and restorers in the country.

Ultimately however, all the activity surrounding the collection has proven to be quite challenging and time consuming for the Andrews. Aside from the mechanical work required to keep the cars in superb shape, their museum is used multiple times each year for a variety of charity events in Fort Worth. Add to that family and professional commitments (Paul sold his company in 2007 although is yet to retire), and the result is a near round-the-clock endeavor, which takes them away from that which brings them the most joy. This is best summarized by Paul: 'When you get down to it, the most fun you can have in a car is using it how it's meant to be used… on the road.'

It is this very statement that has guided the collection over the years and is also behind RM Auctions' upcoming sale on May 2, 2015, an event planned to help the family pare down the collection to a more manageable level. The collection will be available for preview on April 30 and May 1 ahead of the sale.

'We want to get down to a smaller number of cars – perhaps 15 to 20 – that we very much enjoy driving and that we can use on events with the family. There are a number of events we'd still like to try overseas and here in the United States, and in order to do that, we need to focus on a more manageable collection,' says Chris.

In total, the RM sale will lift the gavel on an exceptional roster of 75 motor cars, joined by a wide assortment of memorabilia. All lots will be offered without reserve, selling to the highest bidder.


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    'We're honored to have been selected by Paul and Chris Andrews to present their collection. I've known Paul and Chris for many years and their collection comprises some of the finest and rarest cars the hobby has ever seen – cars of amazing provenance, restoration, preservation and true driving pleasure,' says Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions. 'What is particularly special about their group of motor cars is their extraordinary quality and presentation. Paul and Chris have not only built one of the world's leading collections, but have curated it in such a way that ensures each car is on the button and ready for any rally or driving event. It is, without question, one of the finest collections we've had the privilege of offering.'

    Well-known and admired by the global collector community, the automobile offering is nothing short of spectacular. From a superb group of hot rods to a flawless selection of American classics and some of the finest sports and GT cars in existence, each vehicle is among the best of its kind, and has been expertly maintained by a team of specialists. Included among a long list of highlights slated for the sale are:

    • the famed 'Ethel Mars' 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Town Car, engine no. J-553, one of the most outrageous and ornate of all Duesenbergs, penned with actress Mae West in mind though ultimately delivered new to candy-making heiress and horse racing legend, Ethel V. Mars;

    • a desirable covered headlight 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, chassis no. 3309 SA, the last of only seven examples bodied by Pininfarina and displayed as a factory show car at the Geneva and New York Auto Shows in 1962; and,

    • an authentic 1963 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra, CSX 2011, the first Cobra racing car sold to the public and one of three factory competition examples.

    In addition to the automobiles, the catalogue will feature an eclectic assortment of memorabilia, including some of the most attractive and desirable neon and porcelain signs, a wonderful variety of handmade model cars and a terrific selection of valuable mechanical musical instruments and rare mascots.

    A short video with commentary from Paul and Chris Andrews is available for viewing here: http://bit.ly/AndrewsCollectionteaser.

    The Paul and Chris Andrews Collection auction joins an impressive portfolio of private collection sales hosted by RM Auctions over the years and follows on the heels of the company's highly successful presentation of the Sam Pack Collection in Dallas last week, an event which marked RM's 30th private collection sale in 35 years of business.

    Further information on the Andrews Collection sale will be available in early 2015.

    About RM Auctions

    RM Auctions is the world's largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. Celebrating 35 years in the collector car hobby in 2014, RM's vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning, and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top ten all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction, and their restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades, earning Best of Show honors at the world's top concours events. For further information and to view the company's 2015 roster of events, please visit www.rmauctions.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.

    Photo captions:

    Top: The father and son team of Paul (right) and Chris (left) Andrews (credit – Darin Schnabel © 2014 courtesy RM Auctions
    )

  • Photo credit: RM Auctions
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