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Military tanks to be auctioned in California

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - More than 80 tanks amassed by a Stanford University-trained engineer are set to go up for sale in the San Francisco Bay Area in what is being billed as one of the largest auctions of military vehicles ever.

The auction on Friday and Saturday in Portola Valley will also include gun parts and miscellaneous military equipment, including a nearly 42 ton surface-to-surface missile, according to Auctions America, the company handling the auction.

The tanks and other vehicles - part of one of the nation's most extensive, historic, military vehicle collections - were among those amassed over decades by Silicon Valley engineer Jacques Littlefield, who kept them on his family estate up a winding, forested road above Silicon Valley. They span from World War I through the Gulf War, Hunter Chaney, a spokesman for The Collings Foundation, said.

Littlefield's family donated the tanks and other equipment to the foundation after Littlefield's death in 2009. The foundation hopes to raise $10 million from the auction to help build a military vehicle museum at its Stow, Massachusetts, headquarters, Chaney said.

"This collection is very rare and very expensive," he said.

Among the tanks up for auction is a World War II German Panzer IV tank, which is expected to fetch as much as $2.6 million, and an M4 "Jumbo Sherman" Assault Tank, which could go for as much as $1.6 million.

The foundation is holding on to the items with the greatest historical significance, including a World War I tank, Chaney said.

Potential bidders must register to take part in the auction. The collection has so far drawn interest from people from outside the U.S., including in Australia, France, and Germany, and in North America, Amy Christie, a spokeswoman for Auctions America, said.

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TB July 10 2014 at 12:18 PM

I think the city of Chicago is in the market.

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Randy TB July 10 2014 at 12:37 PM

Who? The Emanuel regime or the street thugs?

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MAD_DAWG1 July 09 2014 at 11:24 PM

I want one

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RANDYTHOMAS711 MAD_DAWG1 July 10 2014 at 11:15 AM

I'd like a couple...what fun I could have if the neighbors got snotty! lol

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leadsmith July 10 2014 at 12:52 AM

It's surprising nobody has tried to label them as "Assault Weapons"...

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Kevin Niicole Horton leadsmith July 10 2014 at 4:07 AM

They are putting weapons in the hands of the Amerikans so they can kill one another.

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onemadashell Kevin Niicole Horton July 10 2014 at 8:47 AM

thank you for the dumb comment.

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Brian Hope July 10 2014 at 12:09 AM

As Bob Hope would have put it: "'Tanks' for the memories!"

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Walterm140 Brian Hope July 10 2014 at 11:20 AM

Yes, USMC tankers really say that.

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Doug July 10 2014 at 7:52 AM

I was lucky enough to tour the farm....wow.......

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ronbo681 July 10 2014 at 2:26 PM

I would love to have a Panzer. I tried to talk the local national guard unit out of a howitzer they brought back from Iraq with no luck. Sure would be nice yard art.

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vendelavee July 10 2014 at 9:11 AM

Can't imagine how horrible it was to be stuck in a tank all day, and be an easy target in battle, getting burned to death the they blew up.

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XXX123 July 10 2014 at 8:24 AM

Like to have a tank and talk about road rage.....

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Tommy July 10 2014 at 4:45 AM

At what point does some HoseHead politician decide that these should not be in private hands and start some **** ?

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my best buddy Tommy July 10 2014 at 6:47 AM

Glad to see the support for the Collings foundation. I think this is great for the Vets that drove them. As Americans we should be proud that some people care for all the men and woman that fight for our freedom. Thank you

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MIKEY'S SCREEN July 10 2014 at 2:41 AM

I'd love to get my hands on a M48A1 tank; the same kind I served in during the Vietnam War and during the TET 1968 Offensive.

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REDTAG MIKEY'S SCREEN July 10 2014 at 5:20 AM

Welcome back. I was there on river boats during that same time.

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