Richard Petty is the most decorated driver in NASCAR history, and certainly the most beloved. He is known in auto racing circles as The King, and he lorded it over the sport during a spectacular 35-year career, with 200 career race wins and seven season championships.
All those items are almost certain to fetch six figures on auction day.
Petty isn’t selling everything. He has a museum dedicated to his career in Level Cross, North Carolina but he owns too many items to display there.
”We feel like we’ve got enough stuff in the museum and none of my kids really want it,” he told the Associated Press.
”They’ve got enough of their own junk. So we got together and said hey, let’s throw some stuff out there and see if there are other people interested in some of the stuff we’ve got.”
The auction lots are like a road map through Petty’s career. There is the trophy he
For bidders who cannot afford the marquee items, there also will be auction lots that will include race programs, license plates, posters, plaques, trading cards and clothing.
“As Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali were giants in their arenas, Richard Petty is one of the most significant sports figures of our time who elevated the world of motorsports to greatness,” said Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions. “He is a national treasure and Julien’s Auctions is honored to offer this winners circle of iconic items that represents The King’s legendary career, life and love of racing.”
Bidders can bid in real time, bid via telephone through an auction house representative, submit a bid in person at Planet Hollywood, or enter an absentee ballot that can be found at the back of the auction catalog.