Media Release


The Brucker Collection

From Entire Private Estates to Specialized Collections or Spectacular Individual Items, Pop Culture Division Offers Collectors and Sellers a Quality Marketplace

Los Angeles, California (February 24, 2006) – RM Auctions is pleased to announce the formation of its Pop Culture Division, which officially debuted February 1, 2006. This new division, with headquarters in Los Angeles, will handle the finest memorabilia in the fields of entertainment, rock n’ roll, fine art, history and sports. Located in the heart of West Hollywood, RM Auctions’ Los Angeles office is situated within the offices of CMG Worldwide. CMG Worldwide is the industry leader in intellectual property rights management with clients such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Bettie Page, Hugh Hefner, Bette Davis.

The Pop Culture Division’s calendar of upcoming sales includes an incredible cache of more than 500 pieces of Kustom Kulture artwork and memorabilia. Stored for years in the airplane hangars and warehouses of the Brucker Brothers, who acted as both patrons and custodians of this amazing artwork, the collection contains many of the 20th Century’s most influential Kustom Kulture artists including Von Dutch, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Robert Williams, David Mann and Ed Newton.

The sale, scheduled for May 13-14, 2006, at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, will mark the first time this original artwork and memorabilia has been offered for public sale. The magnificent offering will be on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum during the weeks leading up to the Saturday and Sunday auction.

The name Von Dutch has become an international icon, but the man behind the name is one of the most influential and enigmatic artists of the twentieth century. The Brucker Brothers’ Kustom Kulture Collection will feature some of the most important pieces of Von Dutch memorabilia ever offered for sale. One such piece is the actual paint box carried by both Von Dutch and his father throughout their legendary careers.

In addition to numerous lots of Von Dutch memorabilia the sale will also highlight original works of art by the founding fathers of Kustom Kulture, consisting of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Ed Newton, David Mann, S. Clay Wilson and Robert Williams. Roth, best known for his grotesque caricatures typified by “Rat Fink”, was employed by the Bruckers for a number of years at the MovieWorld: Cars of the Stars Museum in Buena Park, California. Upon the closure of MovieWorld, The Bruckers purchased the remaining Roth Studio artwork, which features a variety original drawings and sketches for cars, models, decals and characters such as Rat Fink’s Revenge.

Robert Williams, a famed and controversial painter and Editor of Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, is wonderfully represented in the collection as well, with a number important paintings including one of the most prolific pieces, “In the Land of Retinal Delights,” from 1968.

The sale will also feature a variety of automobiles from the MovieWorld Museum itself such as the famed “Topper” Car, which shared the silver screen with Cary Grant in the 1936 film “Topper” and then began its second life as the Gilmore Oil Special.

“With the growing number of people interested in selling rare specialty items or entire collections, we felt the need to create a separate division to address this specific auction segment,” says Rob Myers of RM Auctions. “This type of auction, like the highly successful three-day model train and collectibles event we conducted on behalf of Richard Kughn’s Carail Museum, requires specialized knowledge regarding collectibles and an awareness of customers’ and families’ needs.”

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