RM Auctions: Celebrity Cars on the Red Carpet at Fort Lauderdale Auction

By Auto News Log • February 10th, 2011

• ‘Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale’ returns for fifth consecutive year, March 4, 5, 6, 2011 to Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center

• A Chrysler purchased new by film producer, Howard Hughes, and the Batmobile from ‘Batman Forever’ are featured consignments

• Auctions America by RM’s three-day event to present over 400 quality motor cars, with over 100 offered without reserve

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. − Collector cars featuring celebrity provenance, including a 1957 Chrysler Imperial Convertible (estimate: $120,000 – $140,000) once owned by Howard Hughes, and the Batmobile (estimate: $200,000 – $275,000) from the 1995 film ‘Batman Forever’, are among the over 400 quality motor cars on offer at the Auctions America by RM Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdalesale being held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center March 4 – 6, 2011.

“This year’s Fort Lauderdale event is shaping up to be one of the best offerings in my 30 years of hosting collector car auctions in Florida,” said Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America. “Over 100 of these high-quality cars are being offered without reserve and there truly is something for every collector’s taste and budget.”

A 1957 Chrysler Imperial Convertible is a rare find yet few, if any, have the celebrity status of the fine example on offer in Fort Lauderdale next month. This pastel blue example was purchased new by the late Howard Hughes in July 1957, driven for a short period of time and then stored until 1976 when it was purchased by the second owner from Hughes’ holding company.

The Batmobile featured in Auctions America’s sale was built as a promotional vehicle for Warner Brothers’ 1995 epic ‘Batman Forever’, starring Val Kilmer. It is a running and driving example with a fiberglass body and a custom tubular chassis. It was used on various promotional tours around the world and was eventually acquired in 2006 by a well-known private collector.

The Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdaleauction has built a reputation for its comprehensive offerings spanning Brass Era motor cars, American classics, Detroit muscle, European sports cars, late model exotics, and automobilia.

Additional early auction highlights, and exhibiting the sale’s variety, include: a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (estimate: $300,000 – $350,000); a 1996 Ferrari 355 Challenge Car(estimate: $40,000 – $60,000); a 1939 Lincoln Model K Sport Sedan by Willoughby (estimate: $80,000 – $100,000); a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO (estimate: $160,000 – $200,000); and, a2004 Rolls-Royce Phantom ($115,000 – $130,000).

Event Details ‘Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale’:

Presented by

Auctions America by RM (www.auctionsamerica.com)

Sale dates/times

Friday, March 4, 2011
10:00am – 7:00pm

Saturday, March 5, 2011
10:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday, March 6, 2011
10:00am – 6:00pm

Preview dates

Thursday, March 3 to Sunday, March 6, 2011
Doors open daily at 9:00am


Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

The Broward County Convention Center lies within the confines of Port Everglades. Due to new Federal security requirements, you must show your government issued picture identification at all security checkpoints to gain access to the Convention Center.


Day Pass: $20, Weekend Pass: $50, Children 12 and under: free


Auctions America by RM was formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of the world’s largest collector car auction house, RM Auctions. It is headquartered in Auburn, Indiana at its 235-acre Auburn Auction Park and will host five multi-day events in 2011. The Auctions America by RM team, led by collector car expert Donnie Gould, specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and vintage motorcycles. To learn more about Auctions America by RM and its calendar of events, please visitwww.auctionsamerica.com.

Photo captions:

Top: 1957 Chrysler Imperial Convertible previously owned by Howard Hughes (Courtesy of Auctions America by RM)
Bottom: 1995 Batmobile (Courtesy of Auctions America by RM)

For further information, hi-res images and interview opportunities please contact:

Kerrey Kerr-Enskat
+1 818 577 7214

Source: RM Auctions


By Paul B. Winn on March 3rd, 2011 at 1:46 am

The 1957 Chrysler convertible was indeed owned by Hughes. It was purchased from Harger-Handeman Chrysler. It was driven by a Hughes starlett, Yvonne Shubert. I drove it quite a bit myself. When Shubert left I stored the vehicle in my garage at home for a couple of years. It has a phonograph player in it – the discs look much like a 45 rpm disc. It was a wonderful car to drive. I became employed by Hughes in 1957 as one of his personal secretaries, attended law school while working for him and became one of the senior officers of The Howard Hughes Corporation when I retired in 1989. This convertible was purchased for just under $5,500 as I recall. It appears to have been kept in immaculate condition.


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