The Strauss Collection Offered entirely without reserve

RM Auctions annual Auburn Spring sale now includes two full-days of automobilia and collectibles. This four-day sale at the Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana—set for new dates on 29 May-1

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We will feature approximately 400 quality collector cars, as well as hundreds of lots of automobilia, led by the Strauss Collection, comprised of over 350 lots offered from the late Bob Strauss, entirely without reserve.

The Strauss Collection is one of the finest signage and neon collections in the country. Bob Strauss was an avid collector for more than 20 years, with his assemblage running the spectrum of desirable collectibles and memorabilia, including an abundance of original neon signs, gas pumps and petroliana, and vintage motor car dealership signs. This marks one of the largest privately-owned automobilia collections to come to auction in recent years and is sure to satisfy any automobilia collector looking to find that special piece to add to their collection.


Click ahead to explore the Strauss collection. 

Ford Jubilee Neon Sign

$50,000 - $75,000

SSP multi-piece rolled edge neon sign. This small sign has excellent gloss and color with working neon. It has a few small touched up chips. Crated. Porcelain, Condition: 8.5, 84 × 42 in. TAC no. 013815, 013816

Beacon Security Gasoline Sign

$40,000 - $60,000

SSP diecut sign. It has excellent gloss and color with some wear in the field. It has a tiny chip in the field and has chips at three mounting holes. Porcelain, Condition: 8.75, 48 × 30 in., TAC no. 020186

Col-Tex Gasoline with Antelope Logo Sign

$3,000 - $5,000

DSP sign. It has very good gloss and color with chips and wear in the field. The reverse has a little more wear. It is marked Burdick. Porcelain, Condition: 7.5, 30 in. dia., TAC no. 013509

Richfield Eagle Neon Identification Signs Mounted Back-To-Back

$35,000 - $50,000

Two SSP multi-piece neon signs mounted back-to-back. It has excellent gloss and color with chips and wear in the field. Porcelain, Condition: 8 & 7.5, 156 × 100 × 10 in., TAC no. 013644, 013645

Chevrolet Neon with Telechron Clock Sign Mounted Back-To-Back

$30,000 - $50,000

Two SSP diecut neon signs mounted back-to-back. It is weathered and has a few chips. The clock is original and mounted on the original metal can. It has reproduced metal flags that mount to the bottom of the sign when it is hanging. The neon and the clock work. It is marked Walker & Co. Partially crated. Porcelain, Condition: 7.25, 60 × 72 × 12 in., TAC no. 013824, 013825

Packard with Lug Nut Logo Neon Signs Mounted Back-To-Back

$25,000 - $35,000

Two SSP multi-piece neon signs mounted back-to-back. It has excellent gloss and color and is mounted on the original metal can. It is marked Walker & Co. Crated. Porcelain, Condition: 9, 36 × 84 × 12 in., TAC no. 013818, 013819

Cadillac “Standard of the World” with Crest Neon Signs Mounted Back-To-Back

$25,000 - $40,000

Two SSP multi-piece neon signs. Both have excellent gloss and color. The fields are clean with a few small chips around the perimeters. They are mounted back-to-back on original metal can. Crated. Porcelain, Condition: 9, 48 × 72 × 12 in., TAC no. 013614, 013615, 013616, 013617

Butte Bottlers Supply Co.

$20,000 - $35,000

Wholesale & Retail Signs Mounted Back-To-Back in Ornate Porcelain Frame Two SSP signs mounted back-to-back. Both have excellent gloss and color. Both have a few tiny chips in the field and they are mounted in a very ornate porcelain frame. Porcelain, Condition: 8.9, 34 × 71 × 6 in., TAC no. 022036, 022037, 022038, 022038

Chevrolet “Used Cars With An OK That Counts”

$20,000 - $40,000

Neon Signs Mounted Back-To-Back Two SSP rolled edge neon signs. They are mounted back-to-back on original metal can. They show excellent gloss and color. Porcelain, Condition: 9, 50 × 28 × 10 in., TAC no. 013646, 013647

GMC Trucks Neon Signs Mounted Back-To-Back

$20,000 - $30,000

Two SSP diecut neon signs mounted back-to-back. It has excellent gloss and color. It has the original metal can. It is marked Texlite. Porcelain, Condition: 9+, 46 × 72 × 10 in., TAC no. 013595, 013596


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