Cars of Dreams Museum sale tops $11.5 million



2015-06-26 11:21:58

Cars of Dreams Museum sale tops $11.5 million

RM Auctions have announced a highly successful year of sales, ending on the high of the momentous sale of the John Staluppi ‘Cars of Dreams Museum’ collection on December 1.

A successful entrepreneur and passionate collector, John Staluppi has dedicated ten years to building this remarkable collection of desirable classic American automobiles and unique memorabilia.

The strong selection of convertibles and performance cars were the foundation of this incredible collection. The sales were led by a stunning restored 1956 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible in Mandan red, created during the peak of Cadillac’s post-war flamboyant phase, sold for $299,750. This price set a new world record for a 1956 Cadillac Convertible at auction.

The ‘56 Cadillac was in good company with a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible and a 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible, sold for $206,250 each.

A 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500-KR Convertible in a racey Acapulco Blue fetched $264,000.

Two meaty Chevrolets staked their claim within the top 10, a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Hardtop Coupe, and the very different Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Roadster selling for $198,000 a piece.

This price was matched by a 1958 [Chrysler 300D Convertible in white, and a Chrysler 300E Convertible in black from one year later came in just below at $176,000.

Several beautiful classic motorcycles were also on offer, a 1947 Harley-Davidson fetching $20,900 and a 1946 Indian Chief motorcycle with sidecar selling for $42,900.

The star of the auction was, however, not a ‘car of dreams’ at all. A 1918 Herschell-Spillman Carousel, dating from the golden age of the American amusement ride and featuring beautifully crafted animals, chariots and decorations, fetched the highest price of the day, selling for $460,000.

Other interesting memorabilia gathered by Mr Staluppi over the years included a unique large-scale Lionel train layout, sold for $103,500, and a fully-functioning Cretors Antique Popcorn Wagon, sold for $63,250.


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