|“Where Rare Is Common”
Over 35 Years of Delivering the Best!
|Preston Evans has been in the antique and collectible business for over three decades.
Through Preston Opportunities he provides many venues for the collector, hobbyist, and aficionados
to acquire and enjoy the finest in antiques and collectibles.
THIRTY RARE AND ANTIQUE MOTORCYCLES –
It is the partial collection of Preston Evans, a dedicated collector and renowned auctioneer. Ten of the bikes had previously been owned by Arthur Sigal, a legend in the motorcycle community.
AUBURN, Ind. – A single-owner trove of 30 rare antique motorcycles – a few of them dating back to the very dawn of motorized transportation a century ago or more – will cross the auction block as part of a large auction dedicated to vintage cars and motorcycles, slated for May 7-9 by RM Auctions and Auctions America in the Auburn Auction Park at 5536 County Rd. in Auburn.
The 30 motorcycles are owned by Preston Evans, a longtime collector and nationally renowned auctioneer in his own right, who is selling the group (which represents a portion, but not all, of his massive collection) as part of a downsizing, with an eye on retirement. “As much as I love having owned these incredible bikes, it’s time for someone else to enjoy them,” Mr. Evans said.
Ten of the motorcycles were previously part of a collection owned by Arthur Sigal (1904-1984), the legendary collector and past president and co-founder of the American Motorcycle Bike Club of America. These include a 1902 Marsh (one of only ten known); a 1920 Ace with Watsonian sidecar (Mr. Sigal’s personal favorite); several twin-cylinder Indians; and other rare motorcycles.
The other 20 motorcycles consist of 15 Triumphs (all restored, from 1946-1966) and five BSAs (also nicely restored, from 1939-1967). “The Triumphs and BSAs might not be as antique or as exotic as the bikes from Mr. Sigal’s group, but all have either zero or near-zero post-restoration miles and all are being offered without reserve,” Evans said. “Collectors will appreciate that.”
The Indian bikes will be led by a 1915 Indian Hendee (named after company co-founder George Hendee). It is an Indian Big Twin bike, the last Indian with an original Hedstrom F-head engine in a cradle-spring frame. Some think of it as the last “real” Indian. It also has lights and other electrical components and now qualifies for the Cannonball Run bike race, for century-old bikes.
The British-built 1922 Edmund motorcycle in the sale was acquired by Mr. Sigal during one of his many forays to Great Britain. The Edmunds, built from 1910-1926, were well-designed and sturdy machines, featuring an adjustable spring frame, distinctive exposed flywheel and a 348cc Barr and Stroud motor. This example still has its Pennsylvania antique motorcycle license plate.
Another British-made bike from 1922 – a stovepipe black Humber LTD – will also come under the gavel. Company founder Thomas Humber was credited with making England’s first practical motorcycle, in 1896. The 1922 was ahead of its time and featured a water-cooled, 600cc, 4.5hp “flat twin” engine with a 3-speed gearbox, capable of going 70 mph. Just three are known today.
Skip ahead five years to a 1925 Henderson DeLuxe motorcycle with a Goulding sidecar. The first Henderson was built in 1912; a year later it made history when a man named Carl Stevens Clancy rode one to become the first man to circumnavigate the globe on a motorcycle. They were popular bikes; even Henry Ford bought one. Policemen liked that they could go 100 mph.
How would you like to be the proud owner of a Flying Squirel? That would be a 1939 British-built Scott Flying Squirrel, designed by two-stroke pioneer A. A. Scott and first launched at the 1925 Olympia show. With its distinctive “yowl,” the Flying Squirrel was popular in its time and today enjoys a strong cult following. The bike being sold has just 2,964 miles on the odometer.
Last, but not least, from the Sigal collection is a 1948 500cc Moto Guzzi Astore motorcycle. The Moto Guzzi was introduced in 1921 and quickly became famous for its speed and durability. The Astore (Italian for “goshawk,” a bird of prey) was designed for relaxed touring and excellent road-handling. The Astore for sale still has its last Italian certification tag from circa Aug. 1978.
Arthur Sigal earned a fortune in the specialty women’s clothing business in Pennsylvania, and that allowed him to indulge in his passion – antique motorcycles – beginning at age 30 and continuing literally up until his death in 1984, at age 81. He bought his last motorcycle just days before he died, and the weekend before that he drove 70 miles on the 1920 Ace that’s in the sale.Preston Evans is the owner of Preston Evans Opportunity Auctions, based in Newnan, Ga. His motto is, “Where Rare is Common.” He believes that more than applies to the 30 rare, vintage motorcycles in the May 7-9 auction.
Albert Einstein, FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, and many other
well-known dignitaries now reside in Warm Springs, Georgia!
GREAT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
|FOLLOW THE LEADERS Wax Museum is a collection of rare wax figures depicting famous persons
from history - U.S. Presidents, Military Generals, Inventors, Explorers, Entertainers, and others!
Created by world-famous wax artist Katherine Stubergh, these figures are one-of-a-kind masterpieces,
similar to the ones found in Madame Tussaud's famous wax museums.
Our Museum includes many great figures in wax - Dolly Parton, Rudolph Valentino, and the most controversial wax figure of all, ALBERT EINSTEIN. This wax figure of Albert Einstein has generated a lot of news recently when it was offered for sale. Collectors from around the world bid on this rarity. Fortunately, we have it safe and secure in our own little Courtyard Properties!
WHAT MAKES THIS EINSTEIN FIGURE SO SPECIAL?
This likeness was created from an actual impression of Einstein's face. Einstein commissioned world-famous wax artist Katherine Stubergh to create this figure. Einstein sat with her in her studio as she made a life-cast of his face, which Ms. Stubergh then sculpted into an uncanny likeness of the world's most famous physicist. Einstein was so pleased, he signed the back of the neck along with the famous sculptor, Katherine Stubergh. No other wax replica has the actual signature of this genius!
FOLLOW THE LEADERS WAX MUSEUM is also home to the figures of Mark Twain and two of his most famous literary characters: Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. All three are the work of the internationally celebrated Madame Tussard studios.
We are fortunate to have the work of arguably the two best wax artisans in history under our roof – Tussard and Stubergh!
FOLLOW THE LEADERS WAX MUSEUM houses a collection that your entire family will enjoy!
Little White House Official Robin Glass checking out President Roosevelt's Convertible.
Located in Warm Springs, Georgia on Spring Street, (Hwy 27)
The Gates to Fun!
Adjacent to Main Street in Warm Springs is a group of buildings surrounding a half-acre park designed to represent the old town of Bullochville. These buildings house eclectic shops offering merchandise ranging from collectibles and antiques to children's clothing and squeaky shoes.
|BIKER VILLAGE consists of a group of shops including our new Biker Barn
with its offering of essentials and much more. We are on the MOVE!
Betty Boop is still a part of the show. Our NEW Biker Pub and Ice Cream Shop are open and in full swing.
|VISIT OUR MAIN SHOPS:|
|ART IN MOTION
A Potpourri of Ultra-Rare and Unique Antiques
With a focus on magic collectibles, this wonderful collection includes rare artifacts from Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, and more. You'll also find jukeboxes and game machines, rare music boxes, 1940s movie posters, Marilyn Monroe items, Native American regalia, special toys, and trains. Motorcycles housed in this building include a Pope, 1973 Harley in it's original crate, and many more!
A Unique Setting for a Grand Selection of Motorcycles & Memorabilia
Murals decorate the walls and transport visitors to specail locations around the country, including Sturgis, South Dakota and scenes from the film "The Great Escape." This building is home to some of the most desired leaded glass windows in America. The Children's Room is a delight for children and adults alike!
A very nice selection of pre-1940 Indian motorcycles, Harleys and Triumph bikes can be seen on display - this is the place to see the bikes that are the talk of the town!
FOLLOW THE LEADERS WAX MUSEUM
See Famous Figures From History!
You'll be seeing stars as you enter the white house with pillars, beginning with the famous 1956 Cadillac driven by Hoke in the movie "Driving Miss Daisy". Famous Americans from stage and screen, politics, science and art are depicted in wax, many from the talented studios of Madame Tussard and Kathyrn Sturberg. One of the most famous works of Ms. Sturberg is a life cast of Albert Einstein, made at his request and during a sitting in her studio. This remarkable item is signed by Einstein and may be viewed here at Follow The Leaders Wax Museum!
OUR SEASONAL HOURS OF OPERATION
BEGINNING DECEMBER 1, 2014
BIKER PUB - Closed beginning December 1, 2014. We will reopen on Saturday, March 7, 2015. We will be open anytime for groups larger than 18 or more with a paid deposit. We will open on weekends with good weather and temperatures of 60 degrees or above!
MUSEUMS - ART IN MOTION AND FOTO/EXCURSION Open every Saturday at 11:00am until 5:00pm during December, January and February. Back to regular hours beginning March 7, 2015. We will open on other days for groups of 15 or more with a reservation and a small deposit.
We apologize for any inconvenience!
We can be reached at 770-502-0028 or 678-296-3326.
If you have items to sell, give us a call!
Our museums consist of rare and unusual:
• Slot machines
• Arcade machines
• Lamps and Lighting
• Over 50 Motorcycles and Cars
• Music Boxes
• Phonographs and Related Items
• Posters & Prints
• Vendors & Dispensers
OUR MUSEUMS ARE CONTINUING TO GROW BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS – WE ARE ADDING MORE GREAT FINDS EVERY DAY!
See all of our buildings filled with spectacular
WHERE DREAMS COME TRUE!
The Biker Pub and Deck
39 Lil' Sturgis Street - in the heart of Biker Village
THE #1 PLACE TO BE IN WARM SPRINGS!
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Great burgers, cold beer and more!
Ice Cream Shoppe and our own Biker Outpost filled with all the essentials.
|Any trip to Callaway Gardens and Pine Mountain should include a stop in Warm Springs, Georgia to visit Biker Village.
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Opportunities Auction was begun in 1982 by Preston Evans and is currently headquartered in Newnan, Georgia. We specialize in vintage coin-operated machines and we are known for selling uncommonly rare items and hold many records for prices realized.
|Opportunities Estate Liquidation Service
We have conducted estate sales for over 35 years. We handle all types of antiques and collectibles and can facilitate the liquidation of large estates through auction or tag sale.
We constantly seek to buy rare and unusual items.
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