Seems like savviest car collectors will this time get to grab a lot of celebrity cars, as desirable cars with celebrity provenance continues to roll towards the highly anticipated auction by acclaimed auctioneer Gooding & Co., the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 18 and 19 August. After the offerings of George Clooney’s Tesla Roadster to support Sudan charity, Von Kreigner’s rare 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 used by beautiful and one of the world’s most fashionable women Baroness Gisela Josephine Von Kriegerwell, Andy Warhol-owned Scaglietti, and the Jay Leno’s Fiat, the latest is ‘The King of Hollywood’ American actor Clark Gable’s 1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible Coupe. One of only 10 Duesenberg JN’s ever built, one of the four examples bodied as a c convertible coupe, and especially modified for Gable known for his role as Rhett Butler in the 1939 Civil War epic film Gone with the Wind, it’s the same car in which he and his actress wife Carole Lombard, drove up the West Coast to Vancouver.
Winner of the Special Award at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this particular automobile was also featured in 1938 film “Merrily We Live”. And, in 1935 Gable also drove his new Duesenberg to the White Mayfair Ball in Beverly Hills.
Historically, Gable also took the Rollston-bodied cream over cognac Duesenberg to famed coach-builder Bohman & Schwartz for additional bespoke upgrades which includes rear-fender spats, a raked windscreen, scooped and V’d hood ventilators, full length hood, and ‘Continental style’ dual rear spares.
Notably, this Clark Gable’s 1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible Coupe came to the auction blocks without any public estimate about the price.
Apart from this offering, Gooding & Co. is thrilled to present another three automotive icons at the auction which includes the "Green Hornet," a 1931 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre SC "Blower" Sports 2/3 Seater Boattail; a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet, and the 1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Prototype.
However, a 1930 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Victoria by Rollston is also up for grabs at RM Auctions St John’s 2012.