If you’re a fan of television shows such as “American Pickers” and “Antiques Road Show,” the Barrett-Jackson Automobilia Auction may intrigue you.
On those shows people hope that dusty relics discovered in a garage or attic can become treasure to the right collector.
The Automobilia Auction isn’t the main event at Barrett-Jackson, where wealthy collectors bid on exotic vehicles. This auction covers automotive-related items such as antique clocks, clothing, signs, toys and other car culture memorabilia.
How the Automobilia Auction works
The Automobilia Auction started Sunday, Jan. 13. There is no reserve on auction items, meaning the items will sell to the highest bidder, regardless of price. Reserve auctions set a minimum price that the seller will accept.
The auction is a popular part of the Barrett-Jackson event, Automobilia Director Rory Brinkman said in a press release.
“I believe that one of the great allures of our auctions is that we only sell authentic, genuine items,” Brinkman said. “From museum-quality porcelain signs and fully restored vintage gas pumps to 1920s-era glass oil bottles with metal spouts, we’ll have something that every enthusiast can connect with and enjoy as a part of their personal collection.”
What’s for sale? Carousels and go karts
One of the highlights is a 1965 full-size carousel with toy cars and other vehicles (item #9499). The carousel was built in Germany by renowned carousel creator Wilhelm Hennecke.
Other highlights include small items such as a 1930s cast-iron Harley-Davidson toy motorcycle (#6271.1). Similar toys are offered on eBay for $200-$1,000.
A three-quarter scale Shelby Cobra tribute go kart from McLaren Classic Restorations (#9471) is another featured item. The go kart won’t be cheap, but it will probably cost considerably less than the full-size version of that classic sports car.
Check out the complete listing
Other featured items include a 1924 Cadillac Sedan pedal car (#9461.1), a 1950s-era Humble Esso Aviation Products Airport Hangar neon sign (#9494), a 1950s Shell Oil fuel island with two gas pumps (#9388) and a 1923 Texaco Oil visible gas pump (#9389) that is said to be extremely rare.
To see a complete list of items visit the Automobilia Auction website.
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