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Red Baron Auction Offers Treasures Gathered from Around the Globe

by WorthPoint Staff (06/15/09).

ATLANTA – They are the things of comic books and Saturday afternoon adventure movies and you can buy them now: A car that looks like a rocket ship; a boat that can fly like a helicopter; an Egyptian mummy and shrunken heads. These and more than 2,500 other rare and amazing treasures will cross the block as the Red Baron auction house holds its annual summer auction extravaganza the weekend of June 20-21.

“Summer is a magical season, where the days are longer, the nights are hotter and we’re all infused with the spirit of self-indulgence and leisure,” said Bob Brown of Red Baron. “It’s time for everyone to get out and treat themselves to something extra special. I can’t think of a better way to do that than by joining us in the most exciting event of the summer season—Red Baron’s 79th auction.”

Brown and the Red Baron team have traveled the globe in search of the grandest treasures and most exotic finds. Many of these were previously unavailable to any buyer, at any price. “But with a little luck, a good eye and some savvy sense,” he said, “we gathered these fine antiques, artifacts, furnishings, vehicles and more. Now, bidders can acquire some magic of their own.”

One of three museum-quality heads, this one a shrunken head from the tribes of South America.

One of three museum-quality heads, this one a shrunken head from South America.

The museum-quality heads include an amazingly well-preserved, 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy of a young person, with skin and eyelashes fully intact; an elongated skull from the Van Watu tribes in the New Hebrides (circa 1880-1920), likely used by a native Shaman to honor a revered person who’d passed on; and a shrunken head from the tribes of South America, perfectly preserved and intact.

Beautifully restored, bright red 1958 Plymouth Tornado concept car with futuristic, space age design.

Beautifully restored, bright red 1958 Plymouth Tornado concept car with futuristic, space age design.

The bright red, fully restored 1958 Plymouth Tornado is a concept car, built on the frame of a Plymouth Fury but wildly futuristic in design, with the characteristics of a rocket ship: a winged back, oversized dual exhausts and a curvaceous body. Like many other concept cars from the era, this one is exceedingly rare. It was not meant as a hot rod, but a peek at what cars of the future might look like.

A one-of-a-kind prototype of a Heli-Bout, a helicopter-boat hybrid designed and made in 1960.

A one-of-a-kind prototype of a Heli-Bout, a helicopter-boat hybrid designed and made in 1960.

The Heli-Bout is also a prototype—a one-of-a-kind helicopter-boat hybrid—created by the world-renowned industrial designer Brooks Stevens in 1960, for Evinrude Motors. The original purpose was to introduce the new Starflight 75hp motor at the 51st National Motor Boat Show, but the Heli-Bout was so over-the-top unique and imaginative, it came to represent what the future of boating could possibly hold.

Monumental Brunswick “Del Monte” front and back bar, with columns and mirrors (circa 1900).

Monumental Brunswick “Del Monte” front and back bar, with columns and mirrors (circa 1900).

Monumental bars—staples at many Red Baron sales—will be in this auction, too. One example certain to wow the crowd is a massive Brunswick “Del Monte” front and back bar with columns and mirrors (circa 1900, 147 inches high by 300 inches wide). Brunswick bars were built in Iowa by skilled artisans, from 1890-1912. Each one was different and featured magnificent hand-crafted workmanship.

Other noteworthy bars will include a nautical theme pub bar with ship’s wheel, stained glass ceiling, brass lanterns and sink (96 inches high by 155 inches wide); a “Hunter’s Pub” adorned with a large carved deer and lion’s head, and with a floral stained glass dome, doors and windows, marble sink and gun cabinet; and a 20-foot-tall “Wine Bar & Bistro” with two doors, a canopy with stained glass ceiling, a booth with table and bench, a clock, carved lady figures supporting the canopy, and sconces.

Marvelous outdoor fountains will also be offered. Featured will be a monumental white marble fountain depicting horses, winged lions on plinths, Atlas figures and mythological dolphins, with two bowls towering overhead (approximately 25 feet high and 16 feet in diameter); and a large cut Vincenza stone two-tier stone fountain with three panthers (approximately 12 feet high and 22 feet in diameter).

Scale model Ben-Hur boat, inspired by the movie from the 1960s, complete with motorized oars.

Scale model Ben-Hur boat, inspired by the movie from the 1960s, complete with motorized oars.

Speaking of water, how’s this for a surefire conversation starter: a scale model Ben-Hur boat, inspired by the popular movie from the 1960s and complete with tiny men, their oars and sailing rigs. The oars are motorized, to move in synch, so it looks like the men are actually rowing. It’s about 9 feet high, 105 inches wide and 20 feet long. The lot comes with a Ben-Hur movie poster and a ship poster.

If rare, vintage firearms are your thing, Red Baron’s got ’m. Offered will be unique Frankenau’s patent change purse revolver, designed to serve as both a change purse and defensive revolver; an antique ring gun with six-shot barrel and fine foliate carved detail; a Gatling-type revolving cannon patent model made of brass and iron; a factory engraved Colt pocket model 1849 revolver; a Colt model 1848 baby dragoon percussion revolver; and a signed Bottega C. Yiorlanelli Beretta 28-gauge shotgun.

About 40 rare and collectible cars will be revved up and ready to go. Top lots include a gorgeous 1961 Porsche 356B 1600S/Cabriolet convertible, slate gray, with all matching numbers and just 99,325 certified, actual miles; a 1928 Ford Model A “Red Robin” boatail dirt track race car; a 1956 Porsche Speedster replica on a 1969 Volkswagen chassis; a 1987 Mercedes 450SL convertible with hard and soft top; and a black 2000 Bentley Arnage.

Red Baron Antiques is one of the oldest antiques sources in the Southeastern United States and also owns “Southern Seasons Magazine,” a high-society lifestyle publication dedicated to promoting arts, culture, entertainment, style and class. For more information, call (404) 252-3770 or e-mail to info@rbantiques.com. To learn more about Red Baron Antiques and the June 20-21 auction, log on to www.rbantiques.com. A free color catalog for the June 20-21 auction is available upon request.

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One Response to “Red Baron Auction Offers Treasures Gathered from Around the Globe”

  1. P. L. Bump says:

    I have two museum-class, wooden ship models (Bluenose schooner and an 1847 Harvey, 8 gun coaster used against slave trade). I have a perfect 1870 Mississipi steamboat modelin mint condition. I have them for sale as alternative to packing and shipping them to a n ew home in the USA. Photos available upon request.

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