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Milhous Collection auction racks up US$38.3 million in sales

Milhous Collection auction rac...
The Milhous Collection auction has been completed with 100 percent of all lots sold
The Milhous Collection auction has been completed with 100 percent of all lots sold
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The 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Five-Passenger Touring that sold for USD$3,300,000
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The 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Five-Passenger Touring that sold for USD$3,300,000
The 1903 Ruth Style 38-B Fair Organ that sold for US$1,265,000
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The 1903 Ruth Style 38-B Fair Organ that sold for US$1,265,000
The 1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial Five-Passenger Phaeton that sold for US$1,210,000
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The 1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial Five-Passenger Phaeton that sold for US$1,210,000
The 1998 46-Foot Custom Carousel that sold with a Wurlitzer 153 Band Organ for US$1,207,500
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The 1998 46-Foot Custom Carousel that sold with a Wurlitzer 153 Band Organ for US$1,207,500
The Gaudin 125-Key Dance Organ that sold for US$1,150,000
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The Gaudin 125-Key Dance Organ that sold for US$1,150,000
The 1913 Welte Wotan Brass Band Orchestrion that sold for US$1,092,500
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The 1913 Welte Wotan Brass Band Orchestrion that sold for US$1,092,500
The 1934 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Roadster that sold for US$1,001,000
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The 1934 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Roadster that sold for US$1,001,000
The 1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide Sports Roadster that sold for $990,000
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The 1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide Sports Roadster that sold for $990,000
The 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan that sold for US$990,000
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The 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan that sold for US$990,000
The 1937 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Phaeton that sold for US$962,500
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The 1937 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Phaeton that sold for US$962,500
The Milhous Collection auction has been completed with 100 percent of all lots sold
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The Milhous Collection auction has been completed with 100 percent of all lots sold
The Milhous Collection auction attracted bidders from around the world
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The Milhous Collection auction attracted bidders from around the world
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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

The top ten most expensive items sold were:

  • 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Five-Passenger Touring: $3,300,000
The 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Five-Passenger Touring that sold for USD$3,300,000
The 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Five-Passenger Touring that sold for USD$3,300,000

  • 1903 Ruth Style 38-B Fair Organ: $1,265,000
  • The 1903 Ruth Style 38-B Fair Organ that sold for US$1,265,000
    The 1903 Ruth Style 38-B Fair Organ that sold for US$1,265,000

  • 1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial Five-Passenger Phaeton: $1,210,000
  • The 1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial Five-Passenger Phaeton that sold for US$1,210,000
    The 1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial Five-Passenger Phaeton that sold for US$1,210,000

  • 1998 46-Foot Custom Carousel With 42 Animals, 2 Chariots and Wurlitzer 153 Band Organ: $1,207,500
  • The 1998 46-Foot Custom Carousel that sold with a Wurlitzer 153 Band Organ for US$1,207,500
    The 1998 46-Foot Custom Carousel that sold with a Wurlitzer 153 Band Organ for US$1,207,500

  • Gaudin 125-Key Dance Organ: $1,150,000
  • The Gaudin 125-Key Dance Organ that sold for US$1,150,000
    The Gaudin 125-Key Dance Organ that sold for US$1,150,000

  • 1913 Welte Wotan Brass Band Orchestrion: $1,092,500
  • The 1913 Welte Wotan Brass Band Orchestrion that sold for US$1,092,500
    The 1913 Welte Wotan Brass Band Orchestrion that sold for US$1,092,500

  • 1934 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Roadster: $1,001,000
  • The 1934 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Roadster that sold for US$1,001,000
    The 1934 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Roadster that sold for US$1,001,000

  • 1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide Sports Roadster: $990,000
  • The 1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide Sports Roadster that sold for $990,000
    The 1939 Lagonda V-12 Rapide Sports Roadster that sold for $990,000

  • 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan: $990,000
  • The 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan that sold for US$990,000
    The 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan that sold for US$990,000

  • 1937 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Phaeton: $962,500
  • The 1937 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Phaeton that sold for US$962,500
    The 1937 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Phaeton that sold for US$962,500

    Source: RM Auctions

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    1 comment
    svengali49
    I'd take any of those redhot 30s cars..... they are wonderful along with the Hispano Suiza. It is a great shame that modern cars lack the style of these classics.