Today, a part of Neil Young’s huge collection of… everything is being auctioned in Los Angeles, California. Part of the auction are three of his cars: A Buick hearse, a Buick Roadmaster, and a three-seater Chrysler Windsor.
UPDATE, December 10: Neil Young’s 1948 Buick Roadmaster Hearse made an astonishing USD 31,250. The 1941 Chrysler Windsor Coupe made USD 35,200 and the Buick Roadmaster Skylark fetched a staggering USD 400,000.
Hats, shirts, suits, a chair, but also lots of guitars, microphones and studio equipment, that’s part of the big Neil Young collection auction that is being held later today at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles, California.
Popstar and rock legend Neil Young has decided to declutter, apparently, so he is selling a large part of his collection.
He has been an avid collector of all sorts of stuff so the catalogue offers a lot of variation. Apart from lots of musical items, there are also loads of model trains of the famous American brand Lionel. Young has a huge collection of these model trains, including even some prototypes.
Long may you run
For petrolheads the most interesting lots, of course, are the three Neil Young automobiles.
His classic cars have, according to auction house Julien’s, served as muses in many of his songs. And indeed, the first car we find in the catalogue is the ‘Long may you run’ Buick Roadmaster hearse.
The story is that Young, in the early 1960’s, used a hearse just like this to haul the musical equipment of his band The Squires.
That car even was the theme of his famous song ‘Long may you run’.
The car in the auction is not the original one from back then, but it is a car that Young bought, probably as a reminiscence of the good old days. The car is decorated with stickers and backstage passes.
It is a 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse, built by Flexible. The auctioneer’s estimate of the car is USD 8,000 – 10,000.
Second in the auction is the 1941 Chrysler Series 28 Windsor Highlander 2-Door 3-Person Coupe, estimated at USD 15,000 – 20,000.
And third is quite a special 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark Convertible. It has body number 1 from the assembly line, so it is the first of a total of 1,690 of these cars. On the steering wheel hub is the text ‘customized for Neil Young’.
The auctioneer estimates this car at USD 200,000 to 300,000.
The Property from the Collection of Neil Young auction will take place today, Saturday December 9, 2017, in Los Angeles and start at 10 AM Pacific time. It is possible to bid online, you can register as a bidder here.