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RM to Auction Collection of Rare Lalique Mascots at Amelia Island

Posted March 13, 2012 8:30 AM by dstrohl

The eye-catching glass automotive mascots of jewelry designer, sculptor, glassmaker and master artist René Lalique have been the crown jewels on a select number of high-end classic cars for most of the last century, and they remain highly sought and valued today. RM Auctions will be auctioning an amazing collection of Lalique automotive mascots at its event this Saturday, March 10, as a prelude to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

(<-- Lalique's "Tête D'Aigle" mascot on a 1930 Cord L-29, RM Auctions Scottsdale 2012)

This collection of 30 pieces - which also includes custom display cases, and is estimated to bring $800,000-$1.2 million - was gathered by Ele Chesney, who is known as the foremost female collector of antique automobiles and automotive fine art.

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03/14/2012 2:25 AM

That beautiful Tête D'Aigle mascot would not get by the pedestrian safety legislation today. Likely it would Rip de Liver out of anybody you accidentally hit.

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04/28/2012 4:37 AM

Master designer René Lalique produced a set of glass art deco hood ornaments branded "mascots" that are now the most desired of rarities for enthusiasts of automotive accessories. This week, enthusiasts will have the rare opportunity to buy a total set of 30 Lalique mascots. It is said that the mascots depict an eclectic variety of subjects with seemingly no central theme beyond the elegance and style of the design. Well, some of the mascots depict animals suggested by the fables of Jean de la Fontaine. "Renard" the fox is one of these which is considered to be the rarest of all the hood ornaments. There are also semi nude females figures from the collection are Chrysis and Vitesse. Some of these are said to come up with internal lights. Article source: Rare set of hood ornaments go to auction.

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