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Turner Auctions + Appraisals is pleased to offer a selection of Automobilia from two major California collectors. The sale features over 65 lots of car mascots, artwork and related collectibles. The diverse range of hood ornaments come mostly from the U.S., France and Britain. Their creation extends throughout the 20th century, from the very early 1900s to the 1960s, with an emphasis on the 1920s and 1930s. In the early days of automobiles, wealthy owners would personalize their vehicles to add beauty; make a political statement; or identify with a person, brand or organization. Later, automobile companies created signature hood ornaments with the petite statues to adorn their cars and help showcase their brands. This collection features winged goddesses, diverse animals and birds, dolls and comic characters, 1932 Olympic athletes, airplanes and Charles Lindberg, heads of Indian chiefs, bells, flags and more. One highlight is a glass mascot from René Lalique.

The sale also features a selection of artwork – limited-edition prints, vintage posters, and lithographs featuring sports cars, Indy winners and the Monaco Grand Prix – plus a Chuck Queener watercolor. There are several groupings of books, including a Ferrari catalog raisonné (1946-1989) and several books signed by Mario Andretti, Carroll Shelby and Janet Guthrie. Among the car-related collectibles are sports car and racing trophies, decanters, tire ashtrays and product signs. Several items of Olympics ephemera round out the sale.