Lee Hartung was a collector’s collector. Based in Glenview, IL, Hartungs collection rested on 4 acres in the middle of the North Chicago suburb, and was amassed over the 60 years since he purchased the property in the 1940s. For those fortunate enough to get a glimpse of Lee’s collection over the past decades — they were among a select few to step into a time-warp that told a unique story of 20th century Chicago — from Lee’s point of view.
Dale was one of those fortunate individuals, having stumbled across the collection in the mid- 1980s during a trip through the Chicago area to visit a friend. Immediately, Dale recognized the gravity of the collection, as well as the unique and passionate individual that made it his life’s mission to preserve and amass the history housed within those walls.
Hartung passed away in 2011, and his estate sale was one of the most anticipated events of the year. 100s of cars, dozens of bikes, and more history than you’d imagine, all to be auctioned off in a 3 day sale by Auctions America.
Follow Dale as he steps back in time and uncovers many of Hartungs treasures for the first time in decades, and even gets a few running along the way. From the first steps into the barn all the way up to the 3-day auction, you’ll see history in the making and will learn what made Lee Hartung one of America’s mos prominent collectors.