Kruse International is one of the world's leading auction firms and the largest collector car auction company, selling more vintage cars than all other firms combined. It auctions more than 13,000 cars in more than 30 events and dozens of real estate properties each year. In addition to collector cars, the company has auctioned distinctive real estate, vintage aircraft, collectible tractors, mobile homes, collectibles, rare oil paintings, factories, islands, zoos, railroads and three entire towns.
Together, the Kruse family has broken more than 250 world record prices in the collector car industry. Dean Kruse cried his 5,000th auction at the annual Houston sale in August 1987 and became the youngest man ever to attain that goal. His auction total is now well over 6,000 auctions.
The Kruse family is noted for conducting the $41 million sellout of the famous William F. Harrah automotive collection. The solde the Homer Fitterling's 40-year collection for more than $13 million to car collector Ed Weaver, owner of Diamond Carpet Mills in Dalton, Georgia. In October 1990, the Kruses sold the collections of Gene Ponder and the late Sam Vaughan for $10.6 million. They then proceeded to sell out the Ed Weaver car collection in 1995 that featured 22 Duesenbergs and nearly 200 other great collector cars and more recently the Kruse's have sold the multi-million dollar collections of Andy Granatelli, Roy Warshauwsky, Herbie Livingston, Mark Martin and many others.
The Kruse site has very kindly contributed many images to the EMU collection.
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