In the last week, vintage car and motorcycle enthusiasts converged on Glenview from across the country and around the globe for the auction of Lee Roy Hartung's extensive auto collection. Hartung, who worked as a scrap dealer, amassed his trove of treasures over five decades.
Much of the collection was acquired from the local area, like a museum-worthy motorcycle.The five-day event consisted of two days of previews followed by one day devoted to parts, one day devoted to motorcycles, and the final day focused on cars and other large vehicles.
Hartung's lontime partner Marjorie Cox decided to part with the vast collection after Lee Roy passed away in May. He had intended to have the collection housed in a private museum.
The collection featured several noteworthy items, like a 1949 BMW Veritas and a 1959 Edwards R-26 Roadster. One item alone, a 1913 Flying Merkel Twin motorcycle, sold for more than $200,000.
"Lee Roy Hartung was the ultimate collector with an incredible passion for history and a remarkable eye for originality," said Rob Myers, chairman and founder of Auctions America, the auction house that put on the event. "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."
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