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Lee Hartung passed away in May 2011 and on Nov 5 2011 in Glenview, Illinois the impressive collection of cars and motorcycles acquired by Lee Hartung throughout a lifetime of automotive obsession were sold at a No Reserve auction.

Until Hartung died in May, his unique collection of cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, license plates and assorted automobilia was displayed for years in the manner shown in these videos.


Lee Hartung Collection: Introduction




Lee Hartung Collection Day 1




Lee Hartung Collection Day 2




Lee Hartung Collection Day 3




Lee Hartung Collection Day 4




Lee Hartung Collection Day 5




Lee Hartung Collection Pulling out the Veritas!




Lee Hartung Collection 31' Model A

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(Below are the videos of the auctions)


It could be rightfully said that the sale of the late Lee Roy Hartung Collection was one of the highly anticipated auction events of the Fall. And for good reason: The scope of what lay strewn about Hartung’s estate in Glenview, Illinois, was not fully realized until the staff of Auctions America by RM – the Auburn, Indiana-based company tasked with the sifting, arranging and selling of Hartung’s museum – had begun the monumental effort. Word quickly spread of the mountains of automotive parts; everything from spark plugs to NOS connecting rods to fenders and wheels; rare and highly desirable motorcycles; an armada of Ford Model A’s; petroleum memorabilia; dealer literature; bicycles; and an odd arrangement of home furnishings. Even kids’ toys were unearthed. The list was seemingly endless. In all, just shy of 1,600 individual lots.

With regard to complete two- and four-wheeled vehicles – meaning most, if not all, of the parts were still in place – all would require some form of mechanical restoration, and a good chunk of those desperately needed a complete stem-to-stern, ground-up restoration. No matter, as Auctions America officials reported that bidders from nine countries and 46 states descended upon Glenview for the three-day sale, held this past weekend.

Sticking with the topic of completed vehicles, a grand total of 75 automobiles had their moment under the stage lights, 58 of which found new locations for less than $10,000. Topping the four-wheeled chart, however, was Lot 7549 – a Spohn-bodied 1950 Veritas BMW that fetched $195,000, which was also good enough for second on the overall top 10 list for the weekend. Second was the car pictured above: the 1950 Edwards R-26 Roadster at $143,750; the Edwards placed third on the overall top 10 (it turns out that these were the only two cars to make the overall top 10). Rounding out the top 10 among the offered automobiles, including a tie for 10th:

Lot 7530 – 1940 Ford Deluxe convertible, $31,050
Lot 7538 – 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe roadster, $25,300
Lot 7562 – 1934 Ford Phaeton, $25,300
Lot 7557 – 1959 Bentley Saloon (seen below), $18,400
Lot 7525 – 1932 Ford Model B Tudor sedan, $18,400
Lot 7532 – 1909 Ford Model T, $15,525
Lot 7554 – 1925 Hertz Model D-1 five-passenger Touring, $12,650
Lot 7547 – 1929 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup, $12,075
Lot 7526 – 1931 Ford Model A Cabriolet, $12,075

The sale average, by way of comparison, among automobiles was $11,426.

Lee Hartung Auction: Day 1




Lee Hartung Auction: Day 2




Lee Hartung Auction: Day 3




A total of 48 motorcycle lots crossed the block (several lots were multi-bike sales), the top sale going to an exceptionally rare, twin belt drive 1911 Flying Merkel (Lot 6483) at $201,250; it also fetched top sale of the weekend.

Coming in second among the two-wheeled category was Lot 6489, a 1912 Harley-Davidson at $115,000; it was followed by Lot 6485, a 1911 Pope Model H hammered home at $83,375. Rounding out the rest of the top 10 motorcycles:

Lot 6472 – 1909 Sears, $66,125
Lot 6490 – 1938 Indian four-cylinder Rigid Frame, $64,400
Lot 6488 – 1926 Henderson Deluxe Fire Department, $63,250
Lot 6470 – 1915 Harley-Davidson two-speed one-cylinder, $57,500
Lot 6469 – 1904 Fabrique-Nationale, $55,200
Lot 6487 – 1913 Indian Twin, $55,200
Lot 6476 – 1928 Henderson four-cylinder, $54,625

A total of 23 motorcycle lots sold for less than $10,000, dropping that group’s average sale price to $28,878.

To give you an idea of how low bidders were willing to go, Lot 7501 – a 1959 Edsel Ranger that was more of a parts car than restoration project – sold for just $230, while Lot 6456 – a 1979 Yamaha XS Eleven Special – gaveled for just two C-notes and a buck; considerably less than the $29,900 spent on a run of Arizona license plates.

According to Auctions America president Donnie Gould,

“We were honored to have been entrusted with the sale of the famed Lee Roy Hartung Collection and are very pleased with the results. The sale was a terrific celebration of one man’s drive to collect and preserve American history. Collectors recognized the range of rare ownership opportunities the sale presented, as was reflected in the strong attendance and results. In addition to the automobiles, vintage motorcycles were a major component and focus of the collection. The prices realized for the examples on offer confirms the continued strength of the collectible motorcycle market.”

Auctions America specialists spent an intense two months preparing the collection for sale, sorting into almost 1600 individual lots, all of which were sold at ‘no reserve’ before a packed house. Illustrating the incredible interest generated by the sale, registered bidders hailed from over nine countries around the world. On a national level, bidders represented 45 individual US states. Onsite bidders were joined by a record volume of collectors on the telephone and Internet, resulting in fierce competition and lively bidding across the three days.
Auctions America by RM achieved over $3.95 million in total sales with 100% of lots sold.

Want to see more results, including the parts lots? We suggest you pour yourself an enjoyable beverage and check out the complete list HERE.

Sources:
http://jalopnik.com
http://blog.hemmings.com
http://www.youtube.com
http://www.auctionsamerica.com
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