Peter Mullin's Art Deco Car Collection to be Auctioned Following Museum Closure

The Mullin Automotive Museum, known for its Art Deco-era car collection, has closed after the passing of its founder, Peter Mullin. The museum's extensive collection, including rare Talbot-Lago and Hispano-Suiza models, will be auctioned by Gooding & Company, offering a unique opportunity for collectors.

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Peter Mullin's Art Deco Car Collection to be Auctioned Following Museum Closure

Peter Mullin's Art Deco Car Collection to be Auctioned Following Museum Closure

The well-known Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California, closed its doors in February 2024, just months after the passing of its founder, Peter Mullin, in September 2023. Mullin's extensive collection of Art Deco-era cars, including a 1937 Talbot-Lago and a 1938 Hispano-Suiza, will now be auctioned by Gooding & Company on April 26, 2024.

Merle Mullin, Peter's wife, expressed mixed emotions about the museum's closure, saying, "It's bittersweet, but I'm glad that the cars will move on to new homes where they will be well-cared for and shared with the public, which was always Peter's wish." The Mullins collaborated on many restoration projects and shared a passion for driving the historic vehicles.

The Mullin Automotive Museum was known for its focus on Art Deco-era cars, showcasing the beauty and craftsmanship of the design period. The collection included rare and historically significant vehicles such as a 1937 Talbot-Lago T150 CS Teardrop, a 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia, a 1939 Delahaye 165, and a 1938 Delahaye 145.

Following the museum's closure, four flagship vehicles from the collection were transferred to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The remaining vehicles, including a 1925 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix and a 1965 Citroën DS19 Majesty, will be offered at the Gooding & Company automotive auction. The museum's crown jewel, a 1939 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic, remains with Rob Walton, who owns a 51% stake in the car.

Why this matters: The auction of Peter Mullin's Art Deco car collection marks the end of an era for the Mullin Automotive Museum and the dispersal of a remarkable collection that showcased the artistry and innovation of the Art Deco period. The sale of these rare and historically significant vehicles is expected to draw significant interest from collectors and enthusiasts worldwide.

Gooding & Company's auction of the Mullin collection on April 26, 2024, will feature 115 lots, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for collectors to acquire some of the most sought-after Art Deco-era automobiles. As Merle Mullin noted, Peter always saw himself as a steward of these cars rather than an owner, and his wish was for them to be preserved and shared with the public. The upcoming auction ensures that his legacy will live on through the continued appreciation and care for these automotive masterpieces.

Key Takeaways

  • Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, CA closed in Feb 2024 after founder Peter Mullin's death.
  • Mullin's art deco car collection, including rare Talbot-Lago and Hispano-Suiza, to be auctioned by Gooding.
  • 4 flagship cars transferred to Petersen Automotive Museum, remaining 115 lots to be auctioned.
  • Mullin's 1939 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic remains with co-owner Rob Walton.
  • Auction marks end of Mullin Automotive Museum, dispersal of remarkable art deco car collection.