Lee Hartung Collection Offered by Auctions America

Lee Hartung CollectionThe Lee Roy Hartung Collection will be offered for sale by Auctions America by RM in partnership with RM Auctions during a multi-day sale in Glenview, Illinois, November 3-5, 2011.

The Hartung Collection was amassed over five decades by the late Mr. Lee Roy Hartung for display in his private museum. From motor cars to motorcycles, bicycles, license plates and other vintage memorabilia, the collection is comprised of items Hartung acquired locally, many from within a 15-mile radius of his Glenview location.

Following his passing in May 2011, Hartung’s collection will be offered without reserve in November, presenting a range of ownership opportunities for those looking to continue his legacy. In fact, in Lee Roy’s own words and sentiments, he always viewed himself as a caretaker to the items in his collection, and he anticipated its dispersal to appreciative collectors greatly.

“Lee Roy Hartung was the ultimate collector with an incredible passion for history and a remarkable eye for originality,” says Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Auctions and Auctions America by RM.

“We are honored to have been entrusted with the sale of his vast collection. In terms of its originality and diversity, it is unmatched, presenting a true treasure chest and range of exclusive ownership opportunities for the savvy collector,” Myers adds.

For the motoring enthusiast, the collection is highlighted by a series of highly-original motor cars, from a rare BMW Veritas Convertible with a Spohn body to a Edwards that won two races in its class at Pebble Beach, as well as a collection of Ford Model T, Model A and V-8 motor cars, many presented in all-original condition.

Those with an affinity for classic two-wheelers will appreciate the collection’s series of vintage motorcycles, including an all-original 1911 Pope, a 1912 Sears Twin and a time-warp 1913 Flying Merkel Twin, which with its original paint and lettering is believed to be one of the most original examples in existence.

Beyond motorized vehicles, Hartung was also known for his avid love of bicycles, which like almost everything in the collection remain in time-warp, original condition. Highlights include a like-new 1934 Iver Johnson, an Elgin Bluebird and a Schwinn Aerocycle.

For the mechanical engineering enthusiast, the collection boasts a large assortment of NOS Ford parts, highlighted by Ford “Speed Equipment,” including heads, carburetors and upgrade kits, many of which have never been used.

Rounding out the collection is an diverse assortment of other collectibles including: an extensive collection of hit and miss engines; vintage outboard motors; vintage toys and antiques; aircraft engines; promotional models; automotive mascots and motometers; automotive badges and emblems; political buttons and ephemera; porcelain signs and advertising; typewriters and housewares; fire and law enforcement memorabilia; and petroliana and gas pumps.

The Lee Roy Hartung Collection auction will be held on-site at the Hartung Museum in Glenview, Illinois November 3-5, 2011 with a two-day auction preview on November 1-2.

For more information, visit www.auctionsamerica.com.

[Source: Auctions America by RM]

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  1. “and he anticipated its dispersal to appreciative collectors greatly..” — that is, by far, the biggest lie I’ve ever heard.

    1. Lee loved to show the world his collection, and wanted it kept together and preserved so everyone could see it. This article makes me sick.

  2. It makes me sick that you could actually say “he anticipated its dispersal to appreciative collectors greatly” What a crock of shit. I don’t care who you are, any collector on this level would never dream of selling their collection. This auction is fueled by greed and it turns my stomach that no one wanted to step up and preserve such a great collection, and that they would rather just reap the benefits of a lifetime of hard work and collecting. RIP lee

  3. Lee Roy had a great collection that took him a life time to gather. He also knew that it took alot of work to keep it together. He tried to give his collection away to some museum ,that would keep it all together. No one could assure him they would do that. That drove him to want to push it all into a large hole a cover it with dirt. The village said no. I think because of this (and it is only my thoughts) That Lee would not want anyone,including Margarie to have this burden. I would have loved to have won the lottery, and offered to buy the intire package from Lee. To kept it together as he wished. But then I would have created the same problems for my wife. So in closing, I just want to say keep in mind that life is short and try and find the good things in life to enjoy, And enjoy them for as long as you can. We can not take them with us but we can let others enjoy them too! Rest in Peace Lee

  4. I saw Lee’s collection years ago. The white convertible in the curve in the road half-way back was supposed to be “Mr. Lucky’s” car from the 1960’s detective TV show. You always wonder what winds up where. I heard Lee was going to donate it to the Smithsonian Museum but he would have to pay the $33,000 to ship it there. It was great to personally put 5 bucks in Lee Hartung’s hand to see his collection!

  5. Lee, I knew of you for several years.Being intererested in what I had. Finding out more about you, from other collectors, I would never sell you anything. It’s amazing that the county or state did not condem your place, for the hazards they were. Junk, oil, and garbage.Dog crap too. All over your place.Inside as well. It’s also amazing that you did not take care of things. Now that they are sold, they will be a lot better off.

  6. Auto museum?????????? More like junk museum. This guy was just too strange. Lived with a woman(?), but never married. Had a kid, from another. Mostly kept to himself. Had a hermit beard-down to his belly. This guy was a hoarder. All the things he had, nothing ran or worked. Lot’s of junk and garbage all over the place. All the cars and things were just crammed inside and all over, you could not walk around. Had he maintained things, then it could have been called a car museum. The only advantage of him being dead, is that the vehicles he had will finally go to a good home!! He was nothing but a glorafied junk man. Also the rumor going around that he did not want to sell/split up his “collection” is a farse. He wasn’t going to sell anything (at twice the price) as he was really screwed up. There were two times when he contacted me, was when HE was interested in items I was selling. Because of his history (of wacky-ness, for lack of a better term), personality, and the so many stories I heard from other collectors (of their strange experiences with this guy) there was no way I was going to sell to him. Last, all you that think he was ok, din’t know him or just kissing his – – – .

  7. Just saw the episode of ‘Chasing Classic Cars’ on the Velocity Channel
    featuring ‘the late’ Mr. Hartung’s collection. Sad that the collector didn’t
    take the time to restore each car and set them up in a real museum.
    Looks like Mr. Hartung (R.I.P.) was actually a hoarder rather than a
    true collector, and based on comments of people who met him, had
    no intention of sharing his collection with the world. We should all
    learn from this as we collect and save ‘stuff”: You can’t take it with you.

  8. What matters is whether HIS wishes were carried out, NOT whether any of you think something else should have been done with his collection.

  9. The cars and bikes all ran when they were brought there,just a decent garage instead of dirt would have kept them in usable shape.