Auction Of Lee Roy Hartung Collection Generates Almost $4 Million In Sales

When I ran the video showing part of the Lee Hartung amazing vintage vehicles collection, you were impatient to know what it would bring during last weekend Glenview, IL auction organized by RM Auctions America. There was 1600 individual lots, all of which were sold at ‘no reserve’ front of a packed house (in which I had several friends0 illustrating the incredible interest generated by the sale. Top sale honors went to a magnificent series of timewarp motorcycles and automobiles, headlined by a rare and hotly-contested 1911 Flying Merkel Twin Belt Drive for an impressive $201,250 (as pictured). A 1912 Harley-Davidson Single-Cylinder Belt Drive, believed to be among the best 1912 examples in the world, also drew lively bidding, selling for $115,000.

Over 5,000 individual license plates, including State runs of Arizona and West Virginia license plates which realized $29,900 each. A magnificent assortment of original bicycles, headlined by a Aero Cycle by Schwinn  and an Elgin Antique Bicycle, which individually sold for $5,175 each. An original, double-sided illuminated garage sign sold for $34,500. The automobile offering also garnered significant attention, led by an exquisite, one-off 1950 Veritas BMW with coachwork by Spohn, for $195,500, and a thoroughbred 1950 Edwards R-26 Roadster, believed to be the 1950 inaugural Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winning example, for $143,750.

Auctions America by RM kicks off its 2012 auction season with the presentation of its inaugural Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle auction at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, January 12 – 14. The multi-day sale is expected to present some 400 classic motorcycles, including the historic 1894 Roper Steam Motorcycle, one of the world’s oldest motorcycles. For further information on upcoming events, or to view complete results from the Lee Roy Hartung Collection sale, visit Auction America.

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6 Responses to “Auction Of Lee Roy Hartung Collection Generates Almost $4 Million In Sales”


  1. 1 Kirk Perry Nov 10th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Now in someone else’s garage.

  2. 2 cafesportyTC Nov 10th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    would have figured more money for the precious metal that was in his collection

  3. 3 L.J. Nov 10th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    i believe that R.M. could have done a better job at describing the motorcycles. alot of them had the wrong years listed. the flying merkel was actually a 1913 which is why it was so rare. all 1911 merkels were belt drive, in 1913 merkel had moved over to chain drive, with only a few belt drives produced, which made this bike so sought after. of course most of the serious buyers knew what they were buying. all in all R.M. did a great job.

  4. 4 Tom Nov 10th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Here we go again, I suspect a lot of people with no concept of what their buying spending obscene money for stuff that is no way near the worth that was bid.

  5. 5 nicker Nov 18th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Anyone who’s life time collection of old stuff can be sold off for $4 million is my hero.
    Had to have ate, slept, dreamed, lived, and loved motorcycles.
    And what fun he must have had gathering it all up………….. 🙂

    The down side…. now we’ll have no end of “Posers & Pickers” screwing up what was once a happy, obscure past time………. 🙁

    -nicker-

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