Auctions America by RM Announces Auction of Lee Roy Hartung Collection


AUBURN, IN (September 2, 2011) – Auctions America by RM in partnership with RM Auctions announced today it will lift the gavel on one of the Chicago area’s best known treasures, the famous Lee Roy Hartung Collection, during a multi-day sale in Glenview, Illinois, November 3 – 5, 2011.

Well-known to collectors around the world, 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 amazing 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 impressive collection will be offered ‘without reserve’ in November, presenting a unique range of ownership opportunities for those looking to continue his amazing 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 wonderful series of highly-original motor cars, from a rare and exquisite BMW Veritas Convertible with a Spohn body to a thoroughbred Edwards that won two races in its class at Pebble Beach, as well as an amazing collection of Ford Model T, Model A and V-8 motor cars, many presented in all-original untouched condition.

Those with an affinity for classic two-wheelers will appreciate the collection’s outstanding 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 onsite at the Hartung Museum in Glenview, Illinois November 3 – 5 with a two-day auction preview on November 1 – 2. Further information and event details will be posted online at


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *