Historic sleighs for sale (but Santa’s isn’t among them)

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18th century Amsterdam sled | Bonhams photo
18th century Amsterdam sled | Bonhams photo

Don’t panic, Santa’s not retiring and selling his sleigh, but on March 7, 2015, Bonhams will stage a Carriage Collection Sale featuring more than 150 lots collected by a European industrialist. Among them is a Royal British Mews 1835 Traveling Landau Coach estimated to be worth as much as $465,000.

Included in the sale are sleds, carriages and coaches, some of which date to the 17th century and are being offered at auction for the first time.

Also included in the sale will be three automobiles — a 1908 Sears Model P four-seat high-wheel runabout, a 1907 Holsman Economy American buggy and a brass-radiator Ford Model T Speedster.

For details, see the Carriage Collection sale website.

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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.