America's Car Museum to team up with Bonhams & Butterfields to create first annual Pacific Northwest Collector Car Auction

Designates Bonhams & Butterfields as the Official Car Collector Auctioneer of LeMay - AMERICA'S CAR MUSEUM as well

Jan 16, 2009

(Tacoma, WA) - LeMay – America’s Car Museum® is pleased to announce a five year agreement with Bonhams & Butterfields to create the first annual Bonhams & Butterfields sale to be held in conjunction with the 2009 Kirkland Concours d’Elegance. This will be the area’s first major predominantly “no reserve” auction, planned at the newly-renovated Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma and will feature primarily “never-before offered” cars from the famous LeMay Collection.

In addition, LeMay – America’s Car Museum received a five-year sponsorship pledge from Bonhams & Butterfields of $100,000 including cash and in-kind donations of auction services. This sponsorship puts Bonhams & Butterfields into the Concours club sponsorship group. Along with this sponsorship, Bonhams & Butterfields will also become the “Official Car Collector Auctioneer” of America’s Car Museum.

Bonhams & Butterfields is one of the premier auction houses of its kind in the world and specializes in every category of fine arts and antiques appraisal and sale business. David Madeira, President and CEO expressed his excitement about the partnership, “I have great respect for the Bonhams & Butterfields team and have been in conversation with them for a number of years about creating a major auction in the Pacific Northwest. Our involvement with the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance, and its expanding activities, provides the perfect time for us to launch a major annual auction. The synergy of the Museum Board meeting, Kirkland Concours, Concours Tour d’Elegance, Bonhams & Butterfields Auction and Concours Gala will provide a wonderful week of events for enthusiasts and inure to the benefit of the Museum, Children’s Hospital of Seattle, and Evergreen Children’s Hospital of Kirkland.”

Malcolm Barber, CEO of Bonhams & Butterfields responded by saying: "Bonhams & Butterfields is delighted to support and form this agreement with America's Car Museum. It mirrors similar agreements with motoring museums, collections, events and brands throughout the world and extends our coverage in this key car collecting region.”

LeMay – America’s Car Museum will host this first annual auction September 11th and 12th, 2009 in conjunction with the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance of which the Museum is Presenting Sponsor. Included in the auction will be a significant number of different vehicles from the LeMay collection and the auction proceeds will benefit America’s Car Museum.


About Bonhams & Butterfields:

Recognized as one of the most dynamic auction houses in the world today, Bonhams & Butterfields Auctioneers is one of the largest companies of its kind in the world. A house of experts in many fields, Bonhams & Butterfields specializes in the appraisal and sale of fine art, antiques and decorative objects in virtually every auction category. Bonhams & Butterfields continues its tradition as the premier West Coast auction house by providing a wide selection of property in every category combined with excellent customer service and professional expertise. For more information visit

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