Denim king Robin Chretien‘s vehicular Americana collection rolls into Abell’s Feb. 29

1956 NASCAR six-panel billboard, estimated at $10-$100,000 at Abell.

BELL GARDENS, Calif. — Robin Chretien may have been born in France, but his love for American iconography is unmatched. As a star in the denim apparel industry (he founded and owns Robin’s Jean in Los Angeles), he’s been able to amass a stunning and often highly eclectic collection of vehicular Americana that now comes to auction at Abell’s on Thursday, February 29. View the leap-year catalog and bid now at LiveAuctioneers.

The 231-lot sale is dominated by roadside, neon, and motorcycle artifacts, including a number of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and signs, along with original Indian motorcycle items. Catalog photos reveal that Chretien housed his collection in a large warehouse space, allowing for excellent display of each item.

Requiring a great deal of space are the two vintage billboards in the Chretien collection. The 1956 National Association for Stock Car Advancement and Research billboard shows a contemporary Cadillac test car being directed by a NASCAR employee on a test track in the desert. Mounted to six plywood panels, it’s the ultimate must-have for any NASCAR fan and probably the only survivor left. Like everything in the sale, it carries a $10-$100,000 estimate.

Purchased from the legendary Yoshi at Garage Company of Gardena, California is this purported paint test sample for the gas tank used on the chopper in Dennis Hopper’s 1969 hit Easy Rider.

Chretien is a big fan of Jackie Stanton (b. 1977-), a prolific artist based in Los Angeles whose pop culture and music sensibilities seem 100% in tune with her denim benefactor. Her Warholesque Coco-Cola Bottles from 2009, a 38.25 by 43.25in canvas on a wooden stretcher, was purchased directly from the artist.

Like any good warehouse display space, Chretien also acquired a number of very desirable and vintage neon signs. Based on early bid counts, this will likely be a dominating area of the sale. Navajo Lodge probably dates to the 1930s or 1940s and is mostly original and functional.

LA design marketplace consigns prizes to Abell auction, May 20-21

Alice Baber, ‘Storm of the Rainbow,’ estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Image courtesy of Abell Auction Co.

 

Alice Baber, ‘Storm of the Rainbow,’ estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Image courtesy of Abell Auction Co.
Alice Baber, ‘Storm of the Rainbow,’ estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Image courtesy of Abell Auction Co.

LOS ANGELES – An assortment of coveted items from the design marketplace Fat Chance Los Angeles and the personal favorites of its founder, Jeff Schuerholz, will highlight Abell Auction Co.’s Fine Art, Jewelry & Fine Furnishings sale on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21. Bidding starts at 9 am Pacific time each day of the online auction, which features more than 500 lots. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Abell to auction items from Connie Stevens, estate of Louise Fletcher, Apr. 6

14K white gold, platinum, diamond, emerald and onyx brooch formerly owned by Connie Stevens, estimated at $3,000-$5,000
14K white gold, platinum, diamond, emerald and onyx brooch formerly owned by Connie Stevens, estimated at $3,000-$5,000
14K white gold, platinum, diamond, emerald and onyx brooch formerly owned by Connie Stevens, estimated at $3,000-$5,000

LOS ANGELES – Fans and admirers of the beloved actress and singer Connie Stevens may bid on a stunning array of  jewelry, clothing, memorabilia and other items from her personal collection when Abell Auction Co. presents its Celebrity Collections sale on Thursday, April 6 starting at 9 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Abell Auction presents estate collection of publisher Larry Flynt, Dec. 13

Tiffany Studios table lamp with bronze tree trunk-form base, estimated at $8,000-$10,000. Image courtesy of Abell Auction Co.
Tiffany Studios table lamp with bronze tree trunk-form base, estimated at $8,000-$10,000. Image courtesy of Abell Auction Co.
Tiffany Studios table lamp, estimated at $8,000-$10,000. Image courtesy of Abell Auction Co.

LOS ANGELES – Abell Auction Co. will present the estate of magazine publisher and free speech advocate Larry Flynt (1942–2021). The sale lineup features a collection of American slag glass lamps, Art Deco lighting, Empire furniture and much more. The online auction will be held on Tuesday, December 13 starting at 9 am Pacific time, with absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Mr. Brainwash leads parade of 20th century design at Abell, Nov. 29

Detail from ‘Subway Panel’ by Mr Brainwash, estimated at $80,000-$120,000
Mr Brainwash, ‘Subway Panel,’ estimated at $80,000-$120,000
Mr. Brainwash, ‘Subway Panel,’ estimated at $80,000-$120,000

LOS ANGELES – Abell Auction Co. will present a sale of important 20th Century Design on Tuesday, November 29, with more than 300 lots of art, furniture and luxury goods. Live bidding for the online auction starts at 9 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Yaacov Agam window installation a top draw at Abell Auction, Sept. 25

Yaacov Agam double-sided polymorph window installation, created for the Spreckels Theater in San Diego, estimated at $200,000-$300,000
Yaacov Agam double-sided polymorph window installation, created for the Spreckels Theater in San Diego, estimated at $200,000-$300,000

LOS ANGELES – A collection of powerful works by Yaacov Agam, Ernie Barnes, Jean Dubuffet, Ed Ruscha and Fritz Scholder comes to Abell Auction Co. as part of the Exceptional Modern Art and California Estates sale on Sunday, September 25. Live bidding for the online auction starts at 9 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Australian Indigenous art collection showcased at Abell, July 28

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, ‘Ochre Body Paint,’ est. $15,000-$25,000

 

Emily Kame Kngwarreye, ‘Ochre Body Paint,’ est. $15,000-$25,000
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, ‘Ochre Body Paint,’ est. $15,000-$25,000

LOS ANGELES – Abell Auction Co. will offer an array of Aboriginal art from the collection of Richard Kelton (1929-2019), whose respect and passion for the Australian Indigenous culture inspired him to curate one of the world’s most important private collections of its kind. The online sale will take place Thursday, July 28, starting at 9 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Platinum sparkler, Remington bronze command attention at Abell Auction, May 22

Frederic Remington, ‘Rattlesnake,’ est. $100,000-$150,000
Frederic Remington, ‘Rattlesnake,’ est. $100,000-$150,000

LOS ANGELES – Abell Auction Co. will present a fine art, antiques, 20th-century design and fine jewelry auction on Sunday, May 22, starting at 9 am Pacific time. Featuring property from prominent California estates, the online sale will be highlighted by an original Frederic Remington bronze Rattlesnake sculpture, estimated at $100,000-$150,000, and a collection of large diamond rings, Art Deco and important signed jewelry pieces. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Estate of guru behind Von Dutch, Ed Hardy presented at Abell, May 12-13

Mr. Brainwash, ‘Bowie (DIPTYCH),’ est. $6,000-$8,000
 Mr. Brainwash, ‘Bowie (DIPTYCH),’ est. $6,000-$8,000

Mr. Brainwash, ‘Bowie (DIPTYCH),’ est. $6,000-$8,000

LOS ANGELES – Personal belongings of the French fashion designer and marketing phenomenon Christian Audigier – who attracted celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears to promote the Von Dutch and Ed Hardy fashion lines – will be offered on May 12-13 at Abell Auction Co., starting at 9 am Pacific time each day. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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