RM Auctions, Hershey, October 6-7, 2011
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
RM has turned its annual auction during Hershey week into a celebration of old cars and unusual cars.
It’s a perfect place to highlight the unusual to the legions of collectors and restorers who’ve spent the week wandering the swap meet field looking for Mason connecting rods and Owen Magnetic transmission gears. Their mindset is to see the potential in every tired old beater, scruffy barn find and used old restoration. Hershey is the place to put them in front of a receptive audience, and that’s what RM does.
Highlights included eight cars from the Nethercutt Collection’s back lot, another eight cars from the steadily diminishing collection of the estate of John M. O’Quinn and the enigmatic star of the sale, “La Marquise”, the 1884 DeDion Bouton et Trepardoux Steam Runabout that only recently (2007) earned John O’Quinn’s favor at Pebble Beach. How would collectors react to it coming back to market so soon?
Resolution of that question came in a haze of the aromatic smoke of the mesquite chips used to fire up her boiler as “La Marquise” steamed onto the RM Hershey auction block and a few minutes later hammered sold for a solid million dollars more than she brought just four years and a few months ago. It was a masterful performance.
RM Auctions Hershey 2011 – Auction Report