Indianapolis, IN. May 14, 2008 – Mecum Auctions will offer 150 pristine vintage signs from the Christenholz Collection to the highest bidder at Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic at the Indiana State Fairgrounds May 15-18. Now in its 21st year, the spring auction was recently relocated from Illinois to Indiana to be held one week prior to the Indianapolis 500. Mecum remarks, “Dave Christenholz has amassed one of the most impressive collections of neon and vintage signs we’ve seen and we are privileged to offer them at auction this week.”
Christenholz, a noted collector of high-powered muscle cars, is offering a collection of 150 signs for sale along with 21 rare vehicles. Mecum reflects, “We are in the business of selling Muscle, Corvette and other Collector Cars at auction and Automobilia is a byproduct of this popular market.” In the classic car realm, the term Automobilia refers to collectible items with a distinctly automotive theme such as neon signs displayed in car dealerships decades ago.
Over the past ten years, prices have steadily climbed as automotive enthusiasts have turned their attention to vintage signs as a way of complimenting a collection, illuminating a garage, or simply because they are beautiful works of art. Perfect examples such as those in the Christenholz Collection are a rare find that has captured the eye of serious experts who understand the value, rarity and significance of such a collection.
Collector car enthusiasts affixed to the television every Saturday night over the last few weeks watching Mecum’s debut show “Mecum Auction: Muscle Cars and More” have witnessed sensory delight as neon signs from Pontiac and Chevrolet have cast their reflective glow on shiny chrome bumpers, paint and windshields in HD TV. “We’ve enjoyed having the signs on display during our recent TV series and now it’s time to sell them, all of them,” remarks Mecum.
A portion of the auction will be broadcast live on Discovery’s HD Theater channel and spectators are encouraged to be a part of the show and enjoy the fast-paced auction
excitement. Everyone can bid on cars and signs.