Jan 19 2012

A 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race Pennant Sold for a Record $10,625


A record price for a Vanderbilt Cup Race pennant was paid by a West Coast collector for a 1906 pennant at a Bonhams' Scottsdale Auction on Thursday. The item was sold as part of the estate of the late David E. Davis, Jr., widely regarded as the "dean of automotive journalists."

 

From Bonhams.com

 Lot No: 128

A fine and original 1906 Vanderbilt Cup pennant,
made of felt or baize, 23 inches long and 14 inches at widest point, this is a fine lasting example of a very historic race, framed in an acid free preservation frame, The Italians in the Lancia took it this particular year at an average speed of 60 MPH, also note that this was the first year that the chequered flag had photographic evidence of being used to end a race.


Estimate: US$2,500 - $4,500

Sold for US$10,625 inclusive of Buyer's Premium
 


From Edmunds Inside Line

David E. Davis, Jr. Automotive Collection Bound for Auction

By Anita Lienert, Correspondent | Published Jan 6, 2012

 Just the Facts:


•A 1951 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe and miscellaneous journalism awards from the estate of the late David E. Davis Jr., widely regarded as the "dean of automotive journalists," will cross the auction block this month.
•The items will go up for auction on January 19 at the Bonhams auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
•The Cadillac is expected to fetch between $30,000 and $40,000, according to Bonhams.


SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — A 1951 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe and miscellaneous journalism awards from the estate of the late David E. Davis, Jr., widely regarded as the "dean of automotive journalists," will cross the auction block this month.

The items will go up for sale on January 19 at the Bonhams auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Cadillac is expected to fetch between $30,000 and $40,000, according to Bonhams.

Davis, the swashbuckling founder of Automobile magazine, died in March.

"One can imagine the automotive treasures collected by a man with a motor journalism career spanning more than 50 years, a man who counted as personal friends such legendary names as Juan Manuel Fangio, Enzo Ferrari, Dan Gurney, Pedro Rodriguez, Sir Jackie Stewart and Jimmy Clark, among hundreds of others," said Bonhams in a statement posted on its Web site.

The collection includes "nearly the entire contents of the whimsically decorated Ypsilanti, Michigan, office where Davis spent his final years," said the auction house.

It includes posters, model cars and bronze sculptures.

A desk set and miscellaneous journalism awards won by Davis are expected to fetch $100-$200. A set of caricatures of the journalist are expected to fetch $100-$200. Also up for grabs is an original pennant from the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race.


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