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Old 09-05-2011, 09:54 AM   #1
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Default The Lee Roy Hartung Collection Auction = Chicago

Just read about this upcoming auction on the AACA Forum, have any of you Model A guys seen the collection? Sure looks like some fine cars are in there. I'm going to double my Lotto ticket buying this month.
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:52 AM   #2
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Wow that looks like it will be an interesting sale.
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Thos one would be interesting too.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:27 AM   #4
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I have seen this collection but have been waiting to hear the outcome of it.

Any more info?

He had a '31 AA Paddy Wagon originally used by the Chicago Police Department.

Here are some youtube videos put up a few weeks ago that try to show how much stuff is there. This is one of those places where you can spend three days and STILL not see everything.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGBJ962eRGc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I47qCXxoKwk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQZbDC4BakU

Several motorcycles from the 1900's and teens. 30+ Model A's. Crazy cars. Supposedly half a million license plates. The place is just amazing.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:17 PM   #5
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Thank you WTSHNN ! Took all three tours, guess Lee was the roll model for a lot of us. The sad thing is a life time collection of things he loved with turn into a pile of cash, I really hope it goes to someone that appreciates it.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:53 PM   #6
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WTSHNN .............................
Thanks for posting that ! That looks like a very good sale.
The vehicles, probably, will not go for a bargin price, but, I bet the smaller collectibles will.
It's actually good that a hoard, like this, will be broken up and will be owned by owners, who will restore them and put them back on the road.
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Unbelievable,!! Thanks for the video's..
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:28 PM   #8
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Thanks for posting! No kidding, I got to tripple up on my lottery ticket purchasing too!!! What do you guys think this would sell for as a lot??
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:35 PM   #9
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Great question, we could start another thread guessing what the total take will be on the collection sale. It is one mans lifetime collection of parts and vehicles he loved, so they were priceless to him.
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Thanks for posting! No kidding, I got to tripple up on my lottery ticket purchasing too!!! What do you guys think this would sell for as a lot??
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After watching this all I can say is ho-lee-cow. Any my wife acustes me of keeping too much stuff.
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Old 09-05-2011, 03:58 PM   #11
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HE WHO DIES WITH THE "MOST TOYS "WINS" He is up there on the list! HOLY %$#@. Anyone needing a kidney???? I just might have one for sale ... AA Paddy wagon is very neat... to own.... Steve S. are you coming out of the clouds yet over the old Motorcycle's ??? A couple of 33/34 Fords there too! Guess we can all say {boys there still out there!} and Thank You Mr. Hartung...for saving the stuff. where ever you are...
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:34 PM   #12
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Lee Roy Hartung collection....the heck with the car and motorcycle stuff !!! did ya'll see the old stoves and lamps and dolls and pottery and glassware and....... LOL
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:18 PM   #13
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RM Auctions website does not list this auction yet, but they have a link to receive a free weekly email on coming events.
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I didnt think any thing like this was still around. Looks like he has every thing from A to Z
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Sadly, most of the cars are in less than ideal shape. They have spent the past 3(?) decades in an unheated pole barn type enclosure with a dirt/crushed stone floor. Every few years the place would flood and the water would be up over the running boards on some of them. If you look, you see that a lot of the cars appear to be low in the back and high in the front; that is because they have sunk into the ground.

However, there is still some amazing stuff there. There are rumors of him having trailers full of parts. He once told me he has a property in Wisconsin that had 40+ pre-war Indians and dozens of Model T's.

Another rumor is that the entire collection could have been bought while he was living for an easy million. I don't think he'd ever do that. His wife and daughter both died years ago and the museum was not only his thing but it was also a way to get people to come visit him. He had a story for every single thing he had and could tell you where he got it from. You asked "do you have xyz..." he'd wander over to the other side of the barn and sure enough, there it was.

Was truly an amazing collection. I guess it still is.
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Thanks Tim, did anyone take the time to tape or write all that info down? Not knowing the history of all that stuff is a real loss. If he has no family left who will benefit from this sale?
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WTF!!! That is unreal!!! I must see the sale, once in a lifetime opportunity!!!! I'm in in shock after the videos, thanks
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I keep wondering what the neighborhood looks like, is it inside the city limits or out in the country. Were are we going to park all the trucks & trailers during the auction? How many weeks will the auction run?
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I'll take my chance with the water up to the running boards.They look a hell better then what some of us are finding today..1933/34 Fords and they look to be rag tops. yummy//
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Pete, this is an unbelievable pile. Not only A's but early V8's. The m/c stuff is tremendous. I'm going for the Henderson parts that are buried.
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