Paul Mikkelson from Willmar, Minnesota is truly one of the most dedicated, knowledgeable Woody Boaters in the country. He is also one of the nicest guys I have ever met in the hobby. To visit the Mikkelson Collection Museum in Willmar, MN is like taking a step back in time, when the lakes throughout the midwestern United States were busy with recreational boaters and sportsman in their small utility boats and runabouts with their vintage outboard motors – a way of life in the midwest. Over the years Paul also had a wonderful relationship with legends like Paul Larson and Bob Speltz, to name a few.
Paul has decided that it is now time sell his remarkable collection of Larson Falls Flyer boats, outboard motors and timeless collectibles for future generations to enjoy and appreciate – passing them on to the next caretakers. This story is actually difficult to write, because I know how Paul Mikkelson feels about his life-long collection, but he also must feel the time is right.
Here’s an early update that we received from Jim Volgarino at Rich Penn Auctions on Tuesday…
“Texx – We are planning to have all new details and information on the Rich Penn website in the next 10 days (we hope) with the goal to have the complete catalog of lots available online and we will be printing a full color catalog as well. There’s lots of work yet that has to happen with the images, but it appears to be going well. The Mikkelson Collection Auction will include live streaming video from beginning to end so viewers can see each and every item and sale and we are going to have both phone and online bidding.”
“We will also be posting auction updates, information on the location of the auction and individaul item details on the Mikkelson Museum Facebook page, so please stay tuned.” – Jim Volgarino, Rich Penn Auctions
Featuring over 60 vintage wood boats, this auction will have one of the most unusual displays of rare small craft, over 200 classic outboard motors, well over 700 toy and small scale boats, advertising, display and dealer signage, and over 150 lots of vintage craft literature and original photos. The auction is handled by Rich Penn Auctions (www.richpennauctions.com) with further information available at the website, by calling 319-291-6888 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Synchronize your timex with your buddies for May 18-20, 2012 because there may never be another auction quite like this one… The time is right to pick up some great vintage boating stuff at in Minnesota in May.
So get your ducks in a row, (or decoys) and start dropping hints to the wife that you are busy in late May and are planning to make a quick weekend trip with the boys to Minnesota to visit a museum… That should work.
I have to confess that a few weeks ago I was watching an old re-run of American Pickers and they came across some old original paper match books and commented how rare they were, but only if the match books were in original condition with all the matches still inside. I immediately thought about Paul’s huge collection of vintage boating match books that the outboard dealers handed out to their customers back in the day… (Everbody smoked then). All perfect, and individually wrapped in plastic. Paul even had them displayed in dedicated sections like Mercury, Johnson, Evinrude, etc which was the same with all his vintage collectibles when I was there. Paul even had cigarette lighters in the shape of outboard motors… and ash trays, and…
We had the pleasure of spending the day with Paul Mikkelson in September 2010 for a personal tour of the museum which was fantsatic. In case you missed it, can see the four part series from that fun day at the Mikkelson Museum in the Woody Boater archive by clicking on the links below. And stay tuned for more news and updates as it comes in from Rich Penn Auctions. You can also go directly to their website by clicking here.
Here are the links to the series of stories on Woody Boater from the Mikkelson Collection in 2010.