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S E C T I O N 2 Cover Story Sold out ... or nearly so. All but three of the vintage military fighting vehicles are sold at Littlefield auction Story by Dave Boyce | Photos by Michelle Le T he bright and airy warehouses at the estate of the late Jacques Littlefield at 499 Old Spanish Trail in Los Trancos Woods will slowly empty of Mr. Littlefield’s huge collection of military vehicles now that the auction is over. Total receipts were $10.2 million, including for the sale of all the spare parts and 119 of the 122 vehicles on the auction block, said Amy Christie of Auctions America, the Indianabased collectible-vehicle auction house that ran the show. About 300 registered bidders and guests gathered on July 11 and 12. The action included bidding by phone and bidders from other countries. A Soviet SCUD-A mobile missile launcher sold for $345,000, Ms. Christie said. Among the five items that had minimum bids, a restored Sherman tank decorated with war paint sold for $345,000 and a German World War II-era troop carrier sold for $1.2 million, she said. A Sherman assault tank and a German Panzer tank were not sold and will travel with the 80 or so vehicles not up for auction and headed to the Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts. All auction proceeds go to the foundation, Ms. Christie said. The nonprofit is assembling a 60,000-square-foot building for indoor display of the vehicles and has plans for an outdoor amphitheater at its 69-acre home, Executive Director Rob Collings told the Almanac in 2013. Re-enacted battles could include scenes from the Battle of the Bulge in Germany, Desert Storm in Iraq and the Korean War, he said. There will be gunfire, but not with live rounds. All but 12 of the auctioned Continued on next page Top: A boy jumps onto a decorated American Sherman tank, part of the Jacques Littlefield Collection in Los Trancos Woods. This tank sold at auction on July 12 for $345,000. Above: Recognizing a bidder by raising their index fingers are auctioneer Mike Shackleton, bottom left, and lead auctioneer Brent Earlywine, top right. Mr. Earlywine’s rhythmic and rapid auction-style vocalizations energized the event. July 16, 2014 NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN21

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