Super Cool! Reminds me of an auction I went to outside of Milan, Italy a few years ago. The story was, that a famous radio show host got popped for tax evasion by the policia, whereby all of his assets were seized by the Italian Feds. Included in his assets were 2 huge warehouses in the countryside of Northern Italy which is surrounded by agriculture, and not much else. Inside the warehouses, they found several vintage automobiles, and literally thousands of very rare vintage motorcycles and scooters.
The feds put up a crappy website with pictures of each item. Surfing it, I found an old Porsche 718 RSK Spider. Further research on the model yielded that only 32 (?) were produced as factory race cars from Porsche. And that the value of a legit RSK on auction would go for no less than $750K on auction. I talked to a good number of people and referrenced several books in order to determine its legitimacy (assuming I was able to view the car in person). I also got together a few investors, who between us all, agreed we would place a maximum bid of $150K. One of the investors, and myself flew to Italy to view the auction, and the car. Upon our arrival we found out that the sale of the RSK, as well as 5 or 6 of the other rarest cars, had been suspended by the Feds. No doubt, someone did some serious greasing. Although we were dissapointed, we knew it was a long shoft from the start, but an opportunity I would have regretted missing if it did sell....and within our bid range, no less.
It was well worth the trip, since we still got a chance to view all of the other vehicles, which was an amazing spectacle in itself! And did a ton of partying...without the wives!!!!
Other items this guy collected included military jets, helicopters, WWII mobile power stations, an dall kinds of other wacky shit! I'm including some pics of the trip, including some night club pics in Monaco where the coronas were $23 us dollars! Also, the real Monte Carlo, where we won a few hundred quick bucks on the cheapest tables they had ($100 per hand!), this helped finance our massive corona drinking binge that night! And a few pics of only a small portion of what was at the auction, our dumb-asses didn't think to bring extra batteries for the camera! Oh, well!