A Packed House Shows Support at the Estate Auction of Mickey Mishne Reported by L. Lazorski

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Incredible auction attracts attention of world wide audience.

The first of three scheduled auctions drew a large support base to Wellington, Ohio. Auto fans rallied around their lost hero, Mickey Mishne. Emotions ran high as many people sought to gather around the mementos of their friend. People from all over the world placed bids via the Internet, while three hundred people attended the in-house auction. Mishne’s collection, delicately termed “eclectic”, spoke silently of his specific interest and taste. He was obviously a collector who knew exactly what he liked. As he was savvy to transportation, his love and dedication in turn supported many artists.

His fascination with the passion of the race, that split second at the finish line, and his sensitivity for collecting documentation of these seconds in their splendor allowed an art form to survive the test of time. His hand tended this small garden in the history of transportation, and it has not gone unnoticed. Others joined to commemorate this curious man who so wanted to share and save the beauty of early racing for a changing world.

John Farkas, auctioneer of Estate Auctioneers and Appraisers, was awed by the love expressed in the auction. Many friends and family attended, sensitive to the timing of the auction and Mishne’s recent murder. Farkas termed it “an emotional auction” where people wanted a part of their friend’s collection in order to have something he loved with them. One such case was the childhood friend of Mishne’s recently murdered daughter, JoLynn. She attended with the hope of obtaining the poster that hung in JoLynn’s childhood bedroom. The Mishne family has suffered so much tragedy; there is small relief in those who fight to maintain their memory.

Mishne’s large estate, comprised of paintings, prints, and a genuine 1946 American LaFrance fire engine, brought many high bids. The aforementioned fire engine was in operation in Fairview Park, OH from 1946 to 1980 in both first line and reserve status. This item sold for $6,000.00. A personal friend of Mishne and artist, Jack Juratovic, had many prints sell for high prices. One print, entitled “Road and Track – November 1935”, featuring a Packard Aero coup racing a Hiawatha Steam Locomotive—sold for $1,025.00. A blueprint by Juratovic, inscribed “To Mickey Mishne, One of the Good Guys!” brought a high bid of $1,225.00. The work of Dion Pears also captured interest with bids running into the thousands.

Mishne had collected a number of Pears’ oil on canvas depictions of extreme classic cars in beautiful foreign towns awash in light. One particular Lot, #70, also included a handwritten letter from the artist to Mishne. Nicholas Watts’ prints of famous racing wins such as the 1934 Le Mans 24 hours (Lot# 66) roped auction goers into exciting biddings.

Automobile and transportation enthusiasts can expect an equally intriguing auction come February 26th. Such pieces reserved for this auction are of rare, high quality and from Mishne’s private collection.

Given Mishne’s nature, it is believed that he would want to share these pieces with others who burn with similar passion. For those who let this exciting auction pass by let it not repeat. Attend the upcoming auction Saturday, February 26 at 11:00 located in Wellington, OH, where once again the auction house will resemble a museum filled with one man’s dedication. Live Internet Bidding will be available through the galleries website http://www.estateauctioneers.com and the auctioneers can be contacted at 440-647-4007.

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