2014-09-10 / Community & Local News

Stanley Museum Consignment Auction planned


This vintage Stanley steam car, a 1922 Model 740, is one of three running Stanleys to be auctioned off Sept. 13 at the Stanley Museum Auction in Kingfield. This vintage Stanley steam car, a 1922 Model 740, is one of three running Stanleys to be auctioned off Sept. 13 at the Stanley Museum Auction in Kingfield. KINGFIELD — The Stanley Museum will hold its ninth special consignment auction of steam cars, parts, literature and other ephemera Saturday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m. (preview Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The auction will be held, rain or shine, under a tent outside the Stanley Museum at 40 School Street and will also be conducted live over the World Wide Web via Invaluable (www.invaluable.com).

The purpose of the Stanley Museum Consignment Auction is two-fold: first, to help raise funds to support the museum; and second, to help fulfill one of the museum’s objectives by providing access for its members to rare and hard-to-find steam car parts to help keep their steam cars operational and out on the road. The museum’s consignment auction is one of the primary methods of keeping vital steam car parts circulating among the collectors who need them.

This year, the auction will present over 390 lots, including three vintage Stanley steam cars — all in superb driving condition. The highly sought-after cars currently consigned include two Stanley Model 740 fivepassenger touring cars from 1922 and 1923, and a 1911 Model 63 brass-era Stanley.

The auction will also offer numerous sought-after steam engines, parts and hardware, as well as many unique items including rare vintage automotive literature and special tools used in servicing Stanleys.

As in years past, the auction will be conducted in the customary smooth and professional style of the Thomaston Place Auction Galleries of Thomaston (www.thomastonauction.com). In conjunction with the Stanley Museum Auction, the auctioneers from Thomaston will also have their traveling van in Kingfield Friday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for an Antique Appraisal Fair hosted by the Kingfield Bicentennial Committee.

A spokesperson for the museum said they are indebted once again to Thomaston Place Auction Galleries and its entire crew for donating services, bringing the auction into the digital age, and ensuring that the auction will be a huge success.

The Stanley Museum will provide box lunches for onsite bidders if preordered in advance. For more information, contact the Stanley Museum at 265-2729 or at maine@stanleymuseum.org.

The museum is open year-round; autumn and winter hours (October thru May) are Tuesday thru Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Museum members and Kingfield residents are admitted free.

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