The final hammer has come down on the Milhous Collection auction we previewed last week. The two-day event resulted in 100 percent of all lots being sold for a total of US$38.3 million. The item to fetch the highest price was a 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Five-Touring, which set a world record auction price for an Oldsmobile at $3.3 million.

Conducted by RM Auctions in association with Sotheby's on February 24/25 in Boca Raton, Florida, the auction attracted bidders from 18 countries looking to snap up an item from the range of rare mechanical musical instruments, automobiles and collectibles on offer


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The top ten most expensive items sold were:

  • 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Five-Passenger Touring: $3,300,000

  • 1903 Ruth Style 38-B Fair Organ: $1,265,000
  • 1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial Five-Passenger Phaeton: $1,210,000
  • 1998 46-Foot Custom Carousel With 42 Animals, 2 Chariots and Wurlitzer 153 Band Organ: $1,207,500
  • Gaudin 125-Key Dance Organ: $1,150,000
  • 1913 Welte Wotan Brass Band Orchestrion: $1,092,500
  • 1934 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Roadster: $1,001,000
  • 1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide Sports Roadster: $990,000
  • 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan: $990,000
  • 1937 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Phaeton: $962,500
  • Source: RM Auctions

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