If you love muscle cars, foreign sports cars, hot rods and automobile memorabilia, the Auburn Auction Park in Auburn is the place to be June 1-3.
Auctions America by RM will sell more than 600 real cars at the auction, as well as high-quality scale models, fine art paintings, original signs and rare vintage mascots at its spring auction.
So if you can't afford a real Ferrari, maybe you can afford a 1/8-scale Conti 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder. Then again, maybe you can't. It's been appraised at between $10,000 and $15.000, but that's still $10 million less than the real thing.
Other lots of memorabilia being offered include:
•Vintage airplane models such as a World War II B-17 bomber (estimated value $500-$1,000) and a 110-inch-wide re-creation of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis (estimated value $2,500-$5,000).
•Mascots and hood ornaments for makes such as Rolls-Royce (worth $300-$500) and Duesenberg (worth $500-$800).
•Paintings by highly regarded automotive artists such as Ken Eberts' “Hershey” ($5,000-$8,000) and Alfredo De la Maria's “Rolls-Royce” ($7,000-$10,000).
The “automobilia” lots will cross the block at 11 a.m. June 1, 10 a.m. June 2 and 11 a.m. June 3. A swap meet and car corral during the three-day event will feature hundreds of parts vendors and special-interest cars for sale.
Tickets to the auction are $10 for a daily pass or $25 for a full event pass, and admission is free for the preview on May 31. Internet, absentee and telephone bidding options are available for those unable to attend. Event details and a list of auction offerings are available online at www.auctionsamerica.com or by calling toll free 1-877-906-2437. The auction will stream live online at www.auctionsamerica.com.