Much as I like my little gang of 1/43 scale models (and two of 1/18 scale) I've long wanted to sell them in order to switch to an exclusively 1/24 or 1/18 collection. Why would I do this? Because I need reading glasses to appreciate the details in smaller scales. The bigger the model, the more I can admire. To a point, that is. Living in a 1-bedroom condo, there isn't room for anything larger than 1/18. The place where someone sharing a similar problem should be on June 1-3 is the auctions at Auburn Indiana.
RM's Auction America is holding its spring sale there, which this year features hundreds of scale model cars, a huge selection of vintage mascots, neon dealer signs from a glorious past, original Tom Hale and Ken Eberts art, a stunning selection of scale model aircraft, and many more examples of automobilia, all from one collector. And at no reserve. Gee, with a little luck I might return with the nucleus of an all-new, 1/18 scale collection!
I won't be there, regretably. Can't afford the trip. And besides, the journey from Victoria BC to Indiana requires multiple flight segments, as I painfully learned a few years ago when attending the Model T 100 anniversary celebrations. But you, my friend, assuming you enjoy collecting automobilia, should be there, as this is a rare opportunity. Oh... and Auctions America will also be auctioning some great examples of the real thing. Full scale, drive it home.
The gorgeous model in our headline photo is a 1/8 scale, hand-built 1930's Duesenberg Dual Cowl Phaeton. Its estimated sale price is $500-1500. Next down are five 1/24 Scale Franklin Mint Cars: a 1955 Bentley S1, 1951 Citroen 2CV, Mercedes-Benz 450SL, 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster, 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC. The "no reserve" estimate for this group is $150-350. The Chevrolet OK Neon Sign is 42" x 58" and is expected to attract from $3000 to $5000. Judging by the wide divergence in estimates there's a real opportunity for the shrewd buyer.
Here's the link to the complete catalog. Fascinating stuff. Have fun in Auburn.