Duesenberg Fantasy Bidding

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20 Jan 2007 01:29 #6242 by Jonathan Richards
Jonathan Richards replied the topic: Sale of Duesenberg SJ-397-2405 at R.M. Auctions @ AZ 1-19-07
To Whom It May Concern (and be of interest):
I have this evening spoken with a representative of R. M. Auctions by
cell phone out of their AZ sale location and am advised that the above
captioned Duesenberg, originally ordered and owned by famed artist
Rudolf Bauer, has been sold at auction today for $2.75 million dollars.
A bargain at twice that amount, in my judgement. Jonathan Richards

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20 Jan 2007 01:42 #6243 by Chris Summers
Chris Summers replied the topic:
The hearty digital handshake goes to Mike Dube. :DCongrats! :D

Thanks to Mr. Richards for his usual punctuality.

Just for comparison's sake: Lee and Joan Herrington, who consigned the car to RM, paid $1,267,500 for it at Christie's in 1998.

It breaks the Duesy road car record set by J-168 at Gooding & Company's Otis Chandler auction last October at $2.64 million. (Overall Duesy record is still $4 million set by Mormon Meteor, to the best of my knowledge.)

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20 Jan 2007 02:42 #6244 by balinwire
balinwire replied the topic:
There's going to be a Hemi-Cuda that is supposed to fetch many millions at auction this weekend, wheres the justice?

Would you like to bid on an old picture? Maybe if more well known artist had owned SJ397 it would have fared better.

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20 Jan 2007 16:49 #6246 by Chris Summers
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Maybe I'm just trying to justify my $4 million guess here, but....

...perhaps the "bargain price" was because there really isn't much you can do with J-397. The tires are original from 1940, so you're taking your life in your hands every time you take it out on the road, that is if the insurance company would let you. And it's been at every major show known to man, including Pebble Beach at least once or twice.

So for $2.75 million you get a great car that's been shown everywhere and can't be driven. Which means what you CAN do with it is put it in your garage and stare, drooling, into its chromed eyes. Which isn't a bad thing, either!

P.S. What do I think would be the best home for this car? The ACD Museum, of course!

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20 Jan 2007 18:09 #6247 by Mike Dube
Mike Dube replied the topic:
Chris wrote: What do I think would be the best home for this car? The ACD Museum, of course!

I agree, are you going to be the benefactor?

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20 Jan 2007 18:53 #6248 by Chris Summers
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Maybe the next time the car comes up for sale (if it does) I'll be able to afford it! (Not likely, but a guy can dream.)

Cars I'd like to see at the Museum: this car, the Twenty Grand, J-508 (the all-original Weymann Fishtail Speedster that used to be in Harrah's), the Father Divine Throne Car, Gary Cooper's Tourster, Clark Gable's Bohman & Schwartz JN, and both SSJs.

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