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dp
05-16-2012, 11:30 PM
Not mine, sorry to say!

http://www.coolestone.com/media/3728/America039;s-Ultimate-Barn-Find/

All I could say as I watched these machines roll out is OMFG! They run.

Willy
05-16-2012, 11:38 PM
Yes absolutely incredible!!
Thanks for the reminder DP.

Heard about Lee Hartung's collection a few months ago.
There's a ton more here (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=lee+hartung&oq=lee+hartung&aq=f&aqi=g9&aql=&gs_l=youtube.12..0l9.4063.31438.0.36532.23.15.6.2. 2.0.359.2672.0j11j3j1.15.0...0.0.eqnPCoZhXh8).

justanengineer
05-16-2012, 11:48 PM
I wanted to attend that one, but if I recall correctly, they had a ~$250 admission fee regardless if you bought or not. I figured the rich would come out, so I stayed away.

Definitely interesting to see some of these larger estates go on the block tho.

wierdscience
05-17-2012, 12:10 AM
All I can say is OMG!:eek:

Forget the $250 admission,I would have paid $1,000 just to stand around and watch them haul stuff out.

In addition did anybody catch the row of steam engines?

Dr Stan
05-17-2012, 12:48 AM
WOW!

Thanks for posting.

oldtiffie
05-17-2012, 01:50 AM
I will be interested to see how many gloats show up here.

flylo
05-17-2012, 02:29 AM
WOW! Wonder what the total was when it all sold? We had something similar here at the Marhanka auction about 15 years ago. He was a founder of K & M Machine in Cassopolis Mi & hade barns full of old steam engines, locomotives & such. Also Ed Lowe inventer of kitty litty was from Cass. Also from Cass is Kinchloe which was the 1st man in space until they changed the definition of space. My neibor Mr Traverse owns the farm next to ours invented Suger Bear the Post cerial bear for suger puffs or pops. He's in his 80s & a great artist & person. And our little town of Decatur is famous for Edgar Bergan & his dummy Charlie Mcarthy. His daughter is Candice Bergan of Murpy Brown fame. If you watch MASH look on the bottom of the sign pole & it shows how many miles to Decatur Mi as Candice had something to do with the show. The 1st powered airplane flight was on Silver Beach in St Joe but it was uncontrolled. And at one time Decatur was the Cerery capitaol of the US. Little known & less cared about facts! Now you know the rest of the story! ;)

DR
05-17-2012, 05:38 AM
Did anyone else notice the guy using the large Crescent wrench to remove a spark plug in the first video?

Not a smart thing to do. Way too easy to damage something with that hunking big tool.

Apparently the auction has already happened????

John Stevenson
05-17-2012, 07:18 AM
The auction totaled 1580 lots, all offered at no reserve, with total sales of $3,957,039.

oldtiffie
05-17-2012, 07:34 AM
The auction totaled 1580 lots, all offered at no reserve, with total sales of $3,957,039.
And that is an average price of $2,504 per lot.

It sure was a bit bigger than some "scores" ("gloats?") I've seen here.

The $250 would sure have kept the tyre-kickers, sticky beaks, riff-raff and hoi polloi out - which I guess it was intended to do.

willmac
05-17-2012, 07:59 AM
I can understand why the auctioneers wanted to demonstrate that the bikes would run, but I cringed every time they started one of them. I bet they didn't bother to change/flush oil, or do more than the most simple of checks to ensure that the engines would not be damaged by being started after all this time.

A lot of history there, but not my type of bikes.

vpt
05-17-2012, 09:05 AM
I never understood where the "collector" got the money from to buy the collection. I see these collectors all the time and they are all broke and don't have an income but yet buy stuff all the time.

wierdscience
05-17-2012, 09:09 AM
Did anyone else notice the guy using the large Crescent wrench to remove a spark plug in the first video?

Not a smart thing to do. Way too easy to damage something with that hunking big tool.

Apparently the auction has already happened????

Yes,I cringed when I saw that,takes too much time to find the right socket I suppose or at least an offset box end.

At least they did shoot some oil in the cylinders before cranking.

wierdscience
05-17-2012, 09:16 AM
I never understood where the "collector" got the money from to buy the collection. I see these collectors all the time and they are all broke and don't have an income but yet buy stuff all the time.

Well they did say he was a Junk/scrap/salvage man,so he had probably opportunity and access most folks would not have.Eventually everything gets thrown out,even good stuff.

There was a similar collector here who was also a scrap dealer.He bought tons of salvage lots from a couple local military bases.He kept the good/unusual stuff and sold the rest over 50 years.When he sold his collection off he had things like a functional B-25 in it.

Besides that,his placed looked like Lee's,but he wasn't broke,he too only kept the good stuff;)

toyjeep73
05-17-2012, 09:54 AM
Results here:

http://www.sportscardigest.com/wp-content/uploads/Official-Results-Lee-Roy-Hartung-Collection.pdf

JCHannum
05-17-2012, 10:08 AM
Been me, I'd have binned the lot.

flylo
05-17-2012, 11:25 AM
Wonder if theres a list of what the bikes went for?

Pherdie
05-17-2012, 12:41 PM
See toyjeep73's post, open the link and scroll down to the bottom.

48 bikes = 3+ million, the Flying Merkel took honors......

flylo
05-17-2012, 02:15 PM
Wow look at what the Sears sold for?

sasquatch
05-17-2012, 09:15 PM
dp Thanks for posting that awesome site and video.

Very interesting and enjoyable,, love to hear about these "stashes" of old items.

(In another few years, they'll be at "Flylo's" videoing all the machinery hidden in the hanger!!):D