Jim Rogers has been remembered for many things.
He worked until his passing in June of 2014, was a staunch supporter of the arts and education, a strong-minded media mogul and, according to a June 15 article by the Las Vegas Sun, a philanthropist who gave an estimated $4 for every $10 he earned. Among his donations: a $130-million gift to the University of Arizona College of Law, the largest single donation ever made to an American law school.
But when he wasn’t out working to change the world, he was collecting classic cars.
“He didn’t just buy the cars – he knew every little detail about their production,” says his widow Beverly in a post on the Mecum Auctions website. “He knew how many Oldsmobiles, Buicks, and Cadillacs that had been made from the end of World War II through the ’70s, and he could rattle off the particulars of each model.”
And now his cars have the chance to continue Rogers’ philanthropic endeavors. On Feb. 27 and 28, the 230+ cars in his collection are going to be crossing the block with help from Mecum Auctions, and all proceeds will benefit The Rogers Foundation. Founded by Jim and Beverly in 2013, The Rogers Foundation provides scholarships directly to students, supporting their artistic and academic endeavors.
Mecum’s website lists four cars as the main attractions of this auction, which will be held in the display space of Rogers’ Classic Car Museum. Each selling with no reserve are a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, 1956 Dual-Ghia Convertible, 1962 Rolls-Royce Mulliner Drophead Coupe and a 1939 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Imperial Touring Sedan.
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(Source: Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas Sun, The Rogers Foundation)