The many wild and wonderful collections of Preston Evans will be auctioned May 27th-29th in Georgia The complete liquidation of inventory in two museums – the personal, 50-year lifetime collection of Preston Evans – will be held at a 3-day auction on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29 in Newnan, Ga.
News-Antique.com - Jan 21,2016 - NEWNAN, GA. – The complete liquidation of all the inventory in two museums – the personal, 50-year lifetime collection of Preston Evans – will be held at a three-day auction on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, at 24 First Avenue in Newnan, in Mr. Evans’s gallery facility. Evans is known throughout the country as a longtime auctioneer and collector in over 20 categories.
“I made the promise to my lovely wife that after 50 years of buying and collecting, I would auction everything I have in order to spend more time with my family and let others share in the joy that these many items have brought me over the years,” Mr. Evans said. So extensive are his collections, he was visited last year by TV’s American Pickers, who profiled him in an episode.
The auction will be no small undertaking. The Friday and Saturday sessions, May 27-28, will feature numerous mechanical oddities, musical items and specialty items. Up for bid will be advertising items, arcade and slot machines, jukeboxes, lamps, music boxes, phonographs, rare bicycles, petroliana, toys, clocks, posters and prints, vendors and dispensers, automata and more.
Then, on Sunday, May 29, over 75 hand-picked motorcycles and a select group of vintage cars from 1923-1960, all owned by Mr. Evans, will come up for bid. These will be intermingled with other unique items. In spring 2015, 30 of Mr. Evans’s antique motorcycles were sold at auction in Auburn, Ind. He chose to sell some of his bikes to make the upcoming sale more manageable.
That auction was co-held by RM Auctions and Auctions America. Motorcycles in the upcoming auction will be just as rare and desirable. More than 75 examples will come under the gavel, to include a 1916 Pope, an original 1910 Yale, a 1949 Vincent Rapide, an original 1912 Excelsior, the motorcycle ridden in the film Terminator 3, Indian Chiefs, Cushmans and Harley-Davidsons.
All but two of the beautiful vintage automobiles in the auction were purchased by Mr. Evans out of an elderly couple's museum, as they prepared to retire. They include the main car from the hit film Driving Miss Daisy (a 1956 Cadillac; several were used, this one had the most screen time), a 1949 Hudson (similar in looks to the Driving Miss Daisy car), a 1930 Packard convertible, a 1957 Izeta micro-car, a 1938 Bantam convertible micro-car, and a 1952 Cadillac convertible.
Arcade items will include an extremely rare 7-foot-tall Star trade stimulator, plus many smaller varieties of stimulators. Advertising lots will feature a large hoard of unusual signs by brands such as Coca-Cola and many others. Many slot machines will be sold, including uprights and counter models, a cigarette slot, a golf ball slot, several 1930s-era Roulette Wheels and more.
Rare automata will feature the intricate mechanism of a 3 ˝ foot tall figure of a man who turns around, smiles and has a drink of alcohol, exhibiting great facial and body movements. A great clock collection will include a grandfather clock sold