Estate Auction of Denny Duesenberg in Indianapolis

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01 May 2006 15:51 #4780 by antiquehelper
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Announcing a ?once in a lifetime? collecting opportunity on Saturday, May 6th, with the estate of Indiana native D. D. ?Denny? Duesenberg (1914-2005). Featuring art and artifacts from his personal collection, primarily originating from the personal collection of his father, Frederick S. Duesenberg (1876-1932), President and Chief Engineer of Duesenberg Automotive and Motors Company (1920-1929), and Duesenberg, Inc. (1929-1937), manufacturer of highly-reputed Duesenberg Motor Cars, Racing Cars, Marine Engines and Aviation Engines of the 1910?s to 1930?s. Please note! For the first time, Antique Helper will conduct a 2nd ring! On the same day, we will sell all of the family estate items including antiques, decorative and fine art, collectibles, antique toys, and more. This ring will not be listed on eBay!

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26 Dec 2006 16:35 #6035 by clydester
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I'm surprised there was no followup on this auction???? I decided to go and get something Duesenberg. Besides several pieces of furniture (old enough to have been Fred's but who knows??), I bought several pieces of original Duesenberg letterhead stationary. There are two types...one appears to be early with little decoration. The other has gold embossed lettering along with mention of awards. I don't have any in front of me right now and don't remember the specific addresses (other that the later version being on Wahington) but were all Duesenbergs, including the Model A's built in the same facility?? Anyone have specific adresses??? Thanks

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28 Dec 2006 07:37 #6041 by Chris Summers
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Model A prototypes were built near Elizabeth, NJ (one source I have lists it as Newark); as far as I know (and please, would someone correct me if I'm wrong) the rest of the As, Xs, and Js were all built in the same plant at 1511 West Washington Street in Indianapolis, which began operations in July 1921.

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28 Dec 2006 15:11 #6042 by clydester
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Thanks for the reply. I know the fancier letterhead does have an address. Can't remember if the other does?? I'll pull them out and check. There were also pics of Fred's home at the auction. I think it was on Washington St. also. It was a difficult auction to cover. Inside the building was all the car related items..photos, Fred's personal scrapbook of newspaper articles, some race awards, Fred's patents and correspondance, autographed photo of Eddie Rickenbacker to Fred, a NOS firewall emblem, etc. Outside under a tent was the furniture, books, diecast models, Dennis's wife's jewelry, glassware, etc. An auctioneer was handling each end so running back and forth was required. I ended up with mostly furniture. The photos and other paper items were pricey. The ironic thing was that Dennis' father designed one of the greatest cars ever built and Dennis ended up with a PT Cruiser, which was also auctioned off.

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29 Dec 2006 14:59 #6051 by Josh Malks
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The Duesenberg plant was in (not near) Elizabeth, New Jersey. It was on the corner of North Avenue and Newark Avenue, which is probably where the "Newark" error comes from. (The Newark city line is about 1/2 mile north of there.) I used to drive past the old building on my way to work at my first real job in the 1950s, and never realized what it was. (Driving my everyday transportation Cord sedan, of course :D) Aerial photos on Mapquest show that it is now a parking lot.

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31 Dec 2006 17:37 #6058 by Chris Summers
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clydester wrote: The ironic thing was that Dennis' father designed one of the greatest cars ever built and Dennis ended up with a PT Cruiser, which was also auctioned off.


Hear that? It's Fred Duesenberg doing 8000rpms spinning in his grave.

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