J. Wood & Co.’s Cuba, Missouri, Auction Blows Past Expectations

Reader Contribution by Richard Backus
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On May 7-8, 2015, auctioneers J. Wood & Co. sold off the amazing collection of vintage motorcycles and parts amassed by a Vietnam vet from the Cuba, Missouri, area. According to Somer Hooker in his excellent article on the sale on gizmag.com, the “collector” started amassing and hording complete bikes and parts following his return from Vietnam. As the years passed, the horde grew, filling his barns, his house and covering his rural property. When Jerry Wood and crew went to examine the collection after the collector was declared mentally incompetent by his family, who then had to determine if there was any value in the rust they saw, he simply couldn’t believe how extensive it really was.

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