(AJC) — BOCA RATON, Fla. — Two brothers' unique private museum of classic cars, rare musical instruments and other collectibles was emptied Saturday with the final strike of an auctioneer's gavel, bringing in $38.3 million in sales.
Two days of bidding on 550 lots neared their conclusion with the biggest sale of them all, $3.3 million for the only known surviving 1912 Oldsmobile Limited, more than double its pre-auction estimate.
The final tally came in just below the roughly $40 million the auction houses estimated they'd yield.
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Most of the automobiles sold at or above their estimates, though bids for many of the rare musical instruments came in below expected ranges. The centerpiece of the collection, a stunning custom-built merry-go-round, sold for nearly $1.3 million.