As a student at Stanford University in the late 1940s, Otis rode a Harley-Davidson Knucklehead to school, and his passion for collecting began soon after. Over the years, the wealth from his family's ties to publishing allowed his collection to grow. Of particular interest to Chandler were one-of-a-kind cars and motorcycles form the '20s and '30s.
"Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines," was how Chandler's widow, Bettina Chandler, got the crowd going at the start of the auction. Standing at a podium inside the enormous Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife in Oxnard, California, Bettina related her late husband's love for collecting vintage automobiles and motorcycles, as well as record-sized trophy game animals. Chandler "loved the hunt," his widow told the assembled bidders. "This very special event is a celebration of Otis," she said.
Also included in the auction were posters, sculptures and paintings depicting Chandler's love for cars and racing. One of the first items to be sold was a tapestry depicting two Porsche 959s that measured 11 x 16 feet. It sold for $10,000. A 12-foot-long wooden sculpture of a Ferrari and Porsche racing sold for $22,000. Things really took off when the cars started to reach the stage. The first auto up was a 1973 Porsche Carrera RS Touring that fetched $165,000. In fact, nine separate lots brought more than $ 1 million apiece.
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[Sources: Ventura County Star, sub req., Gooding & Co.]