Extraordinary Milhous Collection headed to auction


RM Auctions’ Milhous Collection sale will include this 1912 Oldsmobile Limited five-passenger touring. Presale estimate: $1.4 to $1.6 million.

RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby’s, is selling one of the world’s finest private museum collections, the Milhous Collection, during a multi-day sale, Feb. 24-25, in Boca Raton, Fla.

The sale presents a superb gathering of more than 30 automobiles, spanning the spectrum of the collector car market from high-horsepower brass era cars to a superb roster of coachbuilt classics and historically significant Indianapolis racing cars.

Headlining the offering is a Pebble Beach class-winning 1912 Oldsmobile Limited five-passenger touring, chassis number 64626, the only known surviving example from 1912 and featuring one-off coachwork (Est. $1,400,000-$1,600,000, pictured).

Other notable highlights from the various different genres include: the ex-Ralph Roberts 1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial Tourist with LeBaron coachwork (Est. $750,000-$1,000,000); a flawless 1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide Sports Roadster, delivered new to actor Robert Montgomery (Est. $400,000-$550,000); and the 1949 Rounds Rocket race car, the first mid-engine, rear-drive Indianapolis racing car and featuring superb provenance including an alleged Howard Hughes connection (Est. $250,000-$350,000). The sale will also feature a Pebble Beach “Best of Show” winning 1934 Packard Super Eight convertible Victoria by Dietrich, the first car acquired by the Milhous brothers and making its initial trip to the market after over 40 years (Est. $150,000-$250,000).

Other notable entries include a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible sedan (Est. $900,000-$1,200,000); a well-documented 1932 Marmon Sixteen convertible sedan (Est. $400,000-$600,00); and a pair of Fleetwood-designed Cadillac Sixteens (Est. $700,000-$1,000,000 each), all of which are displayed in a faithful replica of the original Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg showroom within the private Milhous museum. The sale also features a selection of collectible motorcycles, including a 1949 Indian Scout Motorcycle and a 1972 Harley-Davidson FLH1200 Super Glide Motorcycle (Est. $20,000-$30,000 each).

The auction will coincide with the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, which will be held Feb. 24-26.

To view a video of the collection, click here. 

In addition, a digital copy of the catalogue is available online here.

For more information, visit www.rmauctions.com.




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