RM Auctions expands Auburn sale to add vast automobilia collection

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The Chevrolet neon sign with Telechron clock is valued at $30,000 to $50,000 | RM Auctions

The addition of a monumental collection of automobilia, including rare vintage signs and neon, has prompted RM Auctions to expand its Auburn, Indiana, collector car sale to four days with two full days dedicated to automobilia bidding.

The more-than 350-piece horde of automobilia comes from the collection of the late Bob Strauss, who had assembled what’s considered to be among the finest signage and neon collections in the U.S., according to an RM Auctions news release.

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The Ford neon sign is in immaculate condition

“Bob Strauss was an avid collector for more than 20 years, with his assemblage running the spectrum of desirable collectibles and memorabilia, including an abundance of original neon signs, gas pumps and petroliana, and vintage motor car dealership signs,” RM Auctions says in the release.

“One of the largest privately owned automobilia collections to come to auction in recent years, highlights of the group include such rarities as a multi-piece Dog N’ Suds neon sign with excellent gloss and color, mounted on the original stainless steel (Est. $15,000-$30,000), and a die-cut Ford Jubilee neon sign (Est. $50,000 – $75,000).”

RM Auctions, a division of RM Sotheby’s, will hold the Indiana aucti0n May 29 to June 1 at Auburn Auction Park. The auction will feature about 400 collector cars along with the multitude of automobilia lots.

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Just in time for the expanded Auburn sale, RM Auctions has added a specialist to its staff, Dan Matthews, whom the auction company calls “a nationally respected expert in the presentation and sale of petroliana, automobilia, and signage, with extensive experience in everything from antiques and vintage toys to advertising items and tractors.”

For more information about the Auburn sale, visit the RM Auctions website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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