Jay Leno to appear at Auctions America's California sale
Auburn IN, July 31 2014 - Former “Tonight Show” host and car enthusiast Jay Leno will provide on-air commentary for the Auctions America California sale on Friday, August 1. The auction will air live on NBCSN from 12noon – 2pm PT.
Leno will take a break from his Burbank garage this Friday to appear at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, the site of Auctions America’s highly anticipated California sale. He’ll undoubtedly discuss his favorites from the field of 400-plus classic and sometimes eclectic cars that will cross the block July 31-August 2. Although a select few will command seven figures, the diverse catalog caters to all automotive tastes and budgets, with a range of vehicles expected to sell for $50,000 or less, providing a great range of ownership opportunities for entry-level collectors.
The event’s star power doesn’t end with Jay Leno. TV star and noted motorcycle and hot rod collector Barry Weiss will make an appearance Saturday, when one of his motorcycles crosses the block.
The three-day sale will also feature a number of vehicles with celebrity provenance. Among highlights with Hollywood pedigrees are comedian Lucille Ball’s 1988 Bentley Mulsanne S Saloon, British rock star Rod Stewart’s 1990 Ferrari F40 and a 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible believed to have been used in the film “Rain Man,” starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman:
- Comedic icon Lucille Ball and her husband, Gary Morton, purchased the 1988 Bentley Mulsanne S Saloon at Beverly Hills Rolls-Royce just one year before her death in 1989. Morton sold it to its next owner in 1991. Today, the car has only 30,013 original miles and is in impeccable condition inside and out. (Est. $25,000-$35,000);
- British singer/songwriter and car enthusiast Rod Stewart is said to be a former owner of the 1990 Ferrari F40 that will go across the auction block on August 2. Known around California as the “Rod Stewart Car” because of his ownership, it shows just 7,900 original miles on its odometer and is estimated to sell for $1,000,000-$1,300,000.
- Another Ferrari to cross the block once belonged to Michael Douglas’ first wife, Diandra Douglas, who was the original owner. The 1989 Ferrari Mondial T Cabriolet is black on black and has less than 20,000 miles. (Est. $30,000-$50,000);
- A 1997 BMW 850 CI Coupe that belonged to Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman is for sale with just over 14,000 miles on the odometer. Tom Cruise reportedly gave the rare Nachtblau-color BMW to his then-wife; Kidman’s name appears on service records included with the car (Est. $30,000-$40,000);
- A 1991 Mercedes-Benz 420SL Four-Door Sedan reportedly owned by baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio. Included with the car is a letter of provenance signed by Joe’s two daughters, photographs of an Old Timers’ Day ceremony showing him and his car, plus Mercedes-Benz books showing Joe’s name for the ownership and warranty. (Est. $18,000-$25,000);
- From the ex-Bob Pond collection, the 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible believed to have been featured in the film “Rain Man,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Three different ’49 Buicks are known to have been used in the film, and this Buick is considered to be one of the trio. (Est. $200,000-$300,000);
- Another vehicle that spent time on-screen is the Paramount Pictures-owned 1944 Ford GPW “Jeep.” “Tojo,” as the jeep is called, has the original pink slip from Paramount, accounting for their ownership and movie heritage. The vehicle has been featured in several films, including “Hell is for Heroes,” starring Steve McQueen, as well as “Is Paris Burning?” written by Gore Vidal and Francis Ford Coppola. (Est. $35,000-$45,000); and,
- An historic L.A. car, a 1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe owned by esteemed Los Angeles-based architect Edward H. Fickett. Fickett designed Dodger Stadium, The Nethercut Museum and Edwards Air Force Base among others. The Jaguar has only 11,254 miles on the odometer. (Est. $30,000-$40,000).
For further information on Auctions America’s upcoming California Collector Car Auction or to download the digital catalog, visit auctionsamerica.com or call toll-free 888.990.3910 (or +1 310.842.3910 outside North America). As part of Auctions America’s multi-year agreement with NCBSN (NBC Sports Network), select highlights from the auction will telecast on the Emmy award-winning network on August 1-2. A full coverage schedule is available here: www.AuctionsAmerica.com/NBCSports/.
Source: Auctions America
Photos: Randy Berg