Bonhams sets major automobilia auction December 4 in New York

Circa 1920 Hispano Suiza dealer showroom bronze could fetch $7,000 to $9,000 | Bonhams
Circa 1920 Hispano Suiza dealer showroom bronze could fetch $7,000 to $9,000 | Bonhams
Hispano Suiza dealer showroom bronze could fetch $7,000 to $9,000 | Bonhams

‘Transportation History” is the title of a Bonhams sale of automobilia to be held December 4 at the auction company’s Madison Avenue galleries in New York City. Bonhams said the auction features “an impressive array of historic automotive-related collectibles, from original artworks — such as oil paintings, period sculptures and rare advertising posters — to antique motoring watches, trophies and scratch-built scale models.”

Some 250 lots are included, including more than 90 from the Blackhawk Automotive Museum, many of those formerly from the Raymond Holland Automotive Art & Automobilia Collection. Several other lots are coming from the Larry Burns Collection, which includes bronze sculptures and one-off mascots.

Bonhams says many of the items have never before been offered for public sale.

Kerns Motor Co. factory weather vane valued at $10,000 to $15,000
Kerns Motor Co. factory weather vane valued at $10,000 to $15,000

“There are so many special pieces in this auction that it’s difficult to select highlights,” said Kurt Forry, Bonhams U.S. director of automobilia. “Whether it’s because of scarcity, provenance, historical relevance or a combination of these factors, we have some truly remarkable items that are appealing not just to automotive enthusiasts or museums, but to a wide spectrum of connoisseurs.”

Among them, according to Bonhams, are four original pieces from illustrator Peter Helck, 15 vintage racing posters valued from $1,000 to more than $20,000, and nearly a dozen scratch-built models by people such as Gerald Wingrove, Michele Conti and Giuseppe da Corte. Conti’s 1:10-scale of a 1958 Maserati 3500 GT has an estimated value of $18,000 to $22,000 while da Corte’s 1:8 model of a 1931 Rolls-royce Phantom II roadster is expected to bring $27,000 to $30,000.

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1:10-scale Maserati - $18,000 to $22,000 estimate
1:10-scale Maserati – $18,000 to $22,000 estimate

Among these rare, appreciated and intricately made works are a 1:10 scale model of a 1958 Maserati 3500 GT by Conti ($18,000-$22,000) and a 1:8 scale model of a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Roadster by da Corte ($27,000-$30,000).

Here’s the link to the online catalog.

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, 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.