Upstate NY auction house sets inaugural ‘transportation’ sale

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Copake Auction sets inaugural ‘transportation’ sale | ClassiCars Journal
Large Mobilgas sign among featured items on docket | Copake Auctions photos

An auction company in upstate New York will stage its first transportation (automobilia) sale on St. Patrick’s Day. Copake Auction, established in 1952, is primarily an estate and Americana sales house but hopes to make transportation the subject for an annual event.

“This is our first transportation auction, we are hoping to make it an annual event,” Mike Fallon, who bought the auction house in 1985, said in a news release. “This sale is made up of basically three collections, two of which were previous bicycle auction customers.”

Copake Auction sets inaugural ‘transportation’ sale | ClassiCars Journal
Featured Henderson poster

The Copake news release notes that the auction house “is known worldwide for their bicycle auction,” and adds that the transportation sale is an offshoot of that business.

According to the news release, the auction will feature the Bobby Albert racing archive of photographs and ephemera, including a complete set of Nicky Fornoras Indy racing flags and a large Mobil sign.

Also in the catalog are more than 150 signs, early automobile parts, original artwork, boat motors, pins and more.

Copake Auction sets inaugural ‘transportation’ sale | ClassiCars Journal
1867 Roper Steam Velocipede replica by William Eggers

“The sale will feature 750 fresh to market items,” the company said.

The docket includes an early 31 1/2-inch Michelin Man advertising figure, a Buddy L Walter Tower fire truck, and an 1867 Roper Steam Velocipede replica by William Eggers. A Henderson motorcycle and sidecar poster has a pre-sale estimated value of $6,000 to $7,000.

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Copake is located near the point where the borders of the states of New York, Connecticut and Massachussets come together.

The auction catalog is available online.

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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.

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