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Auctions America opens with online memorabilia auction


Part of Wally Arnold collection | Photo courtesy Auctions America
Part of Wally Arnold collection | Photo courtesy Auctions America

Auctions America opens its 2014 season January 24-25 in Auburn, Ind., but you don’t have to worry about cold winter weather if you want to bid. That’s because this auction is designed to be conducted primarily online, though you also can bid by telephone, Proxibid or even on-site.

No cars will cross the block at this auction. Instead, the two-day sale will be all memorabilia, including automobilia, petroliana, signs, soda fountain and country-store nostalgia, as well as O-gauge model railroad NOS (new-old stock).

Featured will be some 400 lots from the Wally Arnold Collection.

Arnold, who died last June, started sweeping floors at Cal Custom and worked his way up to company president. He later became an executive at Eagle One automotive appearance products, which in 1998 was acquired by Valvoline. Arnold then launched White Eagle Motorsports and managed Eagle one’s displays at hot rod and custom car shows.

He built his collection during the course of more than 40 years at swap meets and antique shows. Highlights include a 15-inch Mohawk metal body globe, a National #5 bronze candy store cash register, a United Motors double-sided porcelain and neon outdoor sign,  and a six-foot Red Crown Gasoline porcelain sign.

An online catalog is available at www.auctionsamerica.com.




Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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