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Mecum Auctions – Nostalgic Auto Sign Collection

Mecum Auctions
Presentation Department
(262) 275-5050

Walworth, Wis. – March 17, 2015 – What began nearly a half-century ago as a self-imposed “save the signs” crusade, has since become The Walker Sign Collection, comprising more than 400 neon signs, many of which are one-of-a-kind, double-sided porcelain signs. The entire assemblage, collected by one passionate man, will be offered at auction by Mecum Auctions at a stand-alone event on Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28 near West Memphis, Ark., at 11523 US Highway 70 near the US 50 interchange.

The collection will be available to preview on Friday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the auction to begin on Friday and run from 5 to 8 p.m. Gates will open for preview on Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m., and the auction will resume at 10 a.m. Bidder registration is $25 and includes an official auction catalog and admission for the bidder and one guest for both event days.

From beer and soda to automobiles and drug stores, and just about everything in between, the collection consists mainly of car dealer-size, double-sided porcelain neons. Mr. Walker, a lover of great classic cars and street rods, says that his affinity for signs seemed like a natural progression. “Well, being a car guy, I thought owning some of the dealership signs would be something fun to get into,” Walker said. “And once I got into that, I quickly found that the future of these signs was not shaping up to be such a pretty picture.”

When Mr. Walker learned that other buyers of these signs would take them apart and sell them individually as two signs, his passion for purchasing the signs increased. “They were destroying the history of these signs,” says Walker, “so when I realized what was going on, I just went crazy buying signs.”

On why he is now selling his collection, Walker explains, “I’m 74 years old and I’ve got to do something with them! It’s certainly not that I don’t like them anymore. It was just that I figured they should be hung up so people can enjoy them.”

To view the consignment list of signs and to register as a bidder for this and all Mecum auctions, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.

About Mecum Auctions
Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle, and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 28 years, now offering more than 17,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visit Mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

The Walker Sign Collection Auction
March 27-28, 2015
11523 US Highway 70 (near the US 50 interchange)
Proctor, AR 72376
Admission: $25 Bidder Registration; includes an official auction catalog and admission for two
Preview: Friday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 28 beginning at 8 a.m.
Auction: Friday, March 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 28 beginning at 10 a.m.
(All times Central)
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Mecum Auctions
Office (262) 275-5050 | Fax (262) 275-3424

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Dream Cars Exhibition – Atlanta Georgia


Dream Cars – Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas

High Museum of Art – Atlanta, Georgia

Exhibition:  May 21 – September 07, 2014

Dream Cars

Through September 7, 2014
The exhibition will display conceptual drawings and scale models in addition to the concept cars, demonstrating how their experimental designs advanced ideas of progress and changed the automobile from an object of function to a symbol of future possibilities.

 For more information about this unique automobile exhibit:  Please visit the High Museum of Art’s Website at:  www.high.org




“The automobile has evolved from curiosity to daily necessity. Its form has advanced from the horseless carriages of the early twentieth century to the sleek, highly functional objects we know today. The experimental, concept, or “dream car,” as it became known in the early 1950s, has long been a dynamic tool allowing designers to showcase and demonstrate forward-thinking automotive design ideas. Concept cars were not objects the public typically could purchase, but rather the testing ground for innovations that might find expression in automobiles produced decades later. This exhibition explores the innovative designs that sparked ideas of future possibility and progress. It examines the dream car through five themes: individual makers, the impact of styling, visionary designers, the design process, and the influence of automobile fairs.

Chosen from hundreds of concept cars produced between 1932 and the present day, the visions for these automobiles are exciting to behold. Like most concept cars, those on display were never intended for production. Imagine an egg-shaped electric car, an exterior surface made of flexible fabric, or a jet fighter rolling down the highway – all of these were among the ideas dreamed up by designers and are featured in these galleries. The “dream” represented by these cars was that of future possibilities and pushing the limits of imagination and design.


Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas

by Sarah Schleuning and Ken Gross

A sensuously designed showcase of covetable concept or limited-edition cars by the best American and European manufacturers. Dream Cars presents some of the world’s most breathtaking concept cars built between 1934 and 2001, a series of visionary designs that influenced the automotive industry and challenged notions of what is possible both aesthetically and technologically. Stunning, all-new photography of design pioneers such as the 1935 Bugatti Type 57S Compétition Coupé Aerolithe, the 1951 General Motors Le Sabre XP-8, and the 1956 Buick Centurion XP-301. 7 accompany lush images of dream sports cars, including the 1970 Ferrari (Pininfarina) 512 S Modulo and the 1955 Ghia Streamline X “Gilda.” Meticulously restored and brought to life by all-new photography, these images trace a lineage of innovation in automobile design.

Comprehensive descriptions by celebrated automotive writer Ken Gross as well as drawings and scale models further illustrate the imaginative force of individual designers and famed manufacturers. Surprising insights into familiar models such as the minivan, based on the streamlined silhouette of the Stout Scarab concept car developed in 1936, are juxtaposed with startling new technologies such as the 2001 BMW GINA Light Visionary Model’s ingenious use of fabric as a retractable skin. An extended essay by Sarah Schleuning explores the effects of aerodynamics and aeronautics on car design and considers how groundbreaking eventssuch as General Motors’ Motoramafueled the creativity of automobile styles.

Sarah Schleuning is the curator of decorative arts and design at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Ken Gross, consulting curator, is an award-winning author of six books and a contributor to many major automotive publications.

Organization & Support
Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

The exhibition is supported by presenting sponsor Porsche Cars North America, Inc. We gratefully acknowledge AutoTrader, AutoTrader Classics, Manheim, WSB-TV, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and WSB News Talk Radio for their generous support. Special thanks to contributing sponsors Delta Air Lines, AT&T, and NAPA. Additional support is provided by The Coca-Cola Company, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, the Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Endowment Fund, and Tommy and Beth Holder. In-kind support provided by UPS.


High Museum of Art – Atlanta Georgia Exhibitions (2014)  Retrieved July 23, 2014 from https://www.high.org/Art/Current-Exhibitions.aspx