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Auburn Fall by RM Auctions live but limited in attendance

About 500 cars will be offered; attendance is restricted to bidders and their guests


RM Auctions opens its 2020 Auburn Fall auction for live bidding from September 3-5, the 50th year that the Labor Day tradition has taken place at its Indiana birthplace.  About 500 collector cars and 400 lots of automobilia will be offered during the three-day sale.

Although the auction will be live, its will be held under strict pandemic restrictions: There will be no general-admission spectators allowed, with the sale limited to pre-registered bidders and their guests.  Proper social distancing and other COVID-19 rules established by the state will be enforced, according to RM Auctions.

A majestic 1936 Duesenberg Model J Tourster in the style of Derham

Highlights of the auction held by RM Auctions, a division of RM Sotheby’s, include:

A 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster, considered to be among the most-beautiful of pre-war American cars, with a value estimated at $700,000 to $800,000.

A 1936 1936 Duesenberg Model J Tourster in the style of Derham, that RM says has “a fascinating history, having been rebuilt in 1969 after its body was removed in preparation for restoration and was subsequently lost in a fire.” Estimated value: $550,000 to $650,000.

The bankruptcy estate of vehicles previously held by celebrity Yoga teacher Bikram Choudhury, who fled the U.S. owing millions in outstanding debts. There will be 22 cars offered, including 12 Rolls-Royces, five Bentleys, and a selection of American, British, Italian and custom automobiles. “The funds raised from the auction of the seized cars will be used to pay various expenses and creditors of these estates,” the auction house said.

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the 1953 Kurtis 500 B Indianapolis 500 race car from the Bill Akin collection

The Bill Akin Collection, assembled by the noted enthusiast, historian and Indianapolis race car restorer, featuring 11 automobiles and more than 250 pieces of memorabilia, including an “impressive selection” of speed equipment and historically significant engines.

The Walter Miller Estate includes what RM calls “an undeniably eclectic lineup of 39 cars that feature a trio of American classics: a 1919 Cadillac Type 57 Phaeton by Brewster (estimated value $40,000 to $50,000); a 1914 Hudson Model Six-54 Phaeton ($40,000 to $50,000); and a 1922 Studebaker Special Six Touring (estimated value $25,000 to $30,000).

The Roadmaster Collection, with cars ranging from 1911 to 1987 and chronicling the evolution of Buick. The diverse lineup includes Brass Era motor cars, racers, low-production convertibles and muscle cars.

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A 1908 Buick Model S from the Roadmaster collection

The Duane Sell Collection will have 61 pre- and post-war American cars crossing the auction block, with highlights including a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, one of just 704 built between 1957 and 1958 (estimated value $80,000 to $120,000); a “rare and stylish” 1948 Chrysler Town and Country Sedan, one of only 41 known survivors (estimated value $80,000 to $100,000); and “an undisputed collector favorite,” a 1936 Cord 810 Phaeton (estimated value $120,000 to $160,000).

The Dave Leimbach Collection, which offers a wide-ranging selection of 65 collectible automobiles “with something for everyone from big-block muscle cars to late-model AMG Mercedes-Benzes.”

A rarely seen (or heard of) 1951 Salmson S4 Berlinettta from the Walter Miller collection

RM Sotheby’s has a pair of Online Only auctions coming up. The sale of The Mitosinka Collection, comprised of 30 collector cars, mostly pre- and-post-war American classics, and about 400 pieces of memorabilia, all coming from a lifetime of collecting by Dennis Mitosinka and offered without reserve.

Although the sale will be held September 16-25 at the former Hupmobile dealership where the collection is housed, bidding will be conducted strictly online. On-site viewing can be arranged beforehand.

From October 8-14, RM Sotheby’s will hold its annual Hershey, Pennsylvania, sale, an annual event focusing on early cars and classics and usually held alongside the Antique Automobile Club of America’s annual Fall Meet.  The AACA meet has been canceled because of COVID, prompting the auction company to switch the sale to the Online Only format.

Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club events also have been canceled.

For more information about RM Sotheby’s and RM Auctions’ sales, visit the company website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
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.


  1. Bob- Sir, I’m from Indianapolis, born ‘n’ bred. Dad worked for GM his entire life, at the Delco-Remy plant in Anderson IN. Always been a GM guy- but.
    That boattail Aubern 8 Supercharged is absolutely one of the most beautiful cars I’ve ever seen. Period. The color is perfect, the only other I’ve seen was a primrose pale yellow with a tan interior.
    I want this. Sigh.


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