Old Cars Weekly auction reporter Ron Kowalke was heading for the Lee Roy Hartung Collection Auction in Glenview, Ill., about the same time we returned from the Nov. 2 auction preview. Ron will be providing the prices realized very soon, but in the meantime here’s a peek at this unique accumulation of cars, parts, toys and all sorts of other collectibles
Everyone at the preview agreed that Auctions America did a fantastic job of organizing this massive collection for sale. Originally, everything you see in these photos was packed inside the single building with the Edsel sign. The AA staff spent three months arranging the goodies into lots for collectors to bid on.
The work involved in setting up the sale included clearing the land of brush and trees, removing 5 ton of scrap metal, making temporary roads through the muddy grounds and erecting gigantic tents for the display of vehicles and the actual bidding gallery. All of the license plates you see on the walls in the photos were taken off the building rafters and mounted on plywood panels to be sold one panel at a time (rather than one plate at a time).
On preview days, the remote parking lots were clearly marked, the parking and shuttle services were free and everyone from the parking attendants, to the shuttle drivers to the AA staff at the auction site was courteous and helpful. Most impressed by the entire operation were local Chicago collectors who had known Lee Hartung and visited his museum. One of them, Nick Caruso, said that he was amazed how good a job Auctions America had done setting up this sale. “It is really amazing that they got all of this ready in such a short time,” he said.