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South San Francisco, CA, United States
DoneFri, Sep 9, 2016 6:30 PM GMT

Margolis Collection Part 2: 1932 Olympics

Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to present the Sy and Ronnie Margolis Collection, Part 2, featuring 1932 Olympics Automobilia; plus other fine automobilia from Larry Frye. The sale features 110 lots related to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, including car mascots, radiator badges, license plates, banners, maps, pennants, booklets, tickets and ephemera. Other fine automobilia includes two Ferrari sculptural works, signed 20th-century automobile artworks, vintage posters, and a range of American and European car mascots. Turner Auctions + Appraisals begins its online auction on Friday, September 9, at 11:30 am PDT; sale items can be previewed online now until the sale starts. Sy and Ronnie Margolis began collecting in the late 1980s as an enjoyable hobby the couple could share. During that time, Mr. Margolis, an art aficionado and enthusiast of fast Italian cars, and his wife attended an Avanti owners' outing at the Nethercutt Collection near Los Angeles. Touring the acclaimed automobile museum, the couple was struck by the history and charm of the car mascots. And so began a collecting passion that continued for several decades, until Mr. Margolis passed away in 2008. In their quest for intriguing car mascots, both beautiful (for him) and whimsical (for her), Mr. and Mrs. Margolis acquired a number of hood ornaments and other items of automobilia from the 1932 Olympics. Set in the sprawling Los Angeles, these famed sporting events required spectators to drive to the venues. As the birthplace of car culture, fans showed their Olympic support by adorning their cars with mascots, badges, decals and more.