If you’re interested in purchasing one of the more than 250 Sam Bass Collection art items being sold as part of a court-ordered Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, now is your chance.
Online bidding is already open, and buyers can bid here.
Here are 25 of the most interesting items of original artwork by Sam Bass for sale.
Lot No. 1, Leader of the Pack 89
Never before offered for Sale, Watercolor, 1989. A number these were done as an end-of-season pullout poster for Winston Cup Illustrated. They illustrated the cars running for the Winston Cup Championship, with the winner in the middle of the painting. In frame behind glass. This was never reproduced. Retail Price $15,000.
Lot No. 6, Atlanta Motor Speedway Program Cover Original
David Pearson with DuPont helmet and 24 car reflection, David Pearson autograph on Plexiglas, 1996, Program cover for 1996 Purolator 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Featured on the cover are Jeff Gordon (DuPont) and David Pearson, who was both the Grand Marshall that weekend and who drove the Purolator car for the Wood Brothers in the 1970’s. In frame behind Plexiglas. Was never reproduced. Retail $10,000
Lot No. 7, Untitled
Chevrolet Cars featuring Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon, 1995, Commissioned piece done by GM/Chevrolet highlighting the Chevrolet force on track that year: Dale Earnhardt (GM Goodwrench), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Bud), Jeff Gordon (DuPont), Jimmie Johnson (Lowe’s), Terry Labonte (Kellogg’s), Sterling Marlin (Kodak), Kyle Petty (Coors Light), and Harry Gant (Skoal). In frame behind Plexiglas. Was never reproduced. Retail $9,000
Lot, 28 Knight of Speed
Rusty Wallace at RIR, 1991. Rusty Wallace in his helmet and fire suit, looking much like a Knight in shining armor, with images of his car both in his helmet’s visor and in the background behind him. In frame behind Plexiglas. Was reproduced. Retail $8,000
Lot 39, First Draft of Unbeatable
Featuring eight stock cars and an outlaw car, 2001. Back in 2001, Jeff Gordon and Sam Bass had recently sent shockwaves through the sport by unveiling the famous Flames paint scheme. Through their continued support, UAW-GM and Charlotte Motor Speedway asked Sam to again create their program cover. On display, Sam placed one of the most eye-catching cars front and center, along with many other favorites. Making an appearance on this cover is a Sprint Car in the bottom corner, which usually do not receive front-page coverage like this. In frame behind Plexiglas. 32 x 27. Was reproduced. Retail $8,000
Lot 41, American Dream!
Dale Jarrett 1999 Winston Cup Champion, 2000. Coming from a Championship-winning family, Dale Jarrett inherited some incredibly large shoes to fill from his father, Ned Jarrett. During the 1999 season, Dale managed to rack up four wins on his route to his NASCAR Championship, cementing his place in not only racing history, but the Jarrett legacy. In frame behind Plexiglas with custom matte. Was reproduced. Retail $7,500
Lot 49,Charlotte Motor Speedway program cover, Coca-Cola 600
Showing stock cars from 1960 to 1989. (1989). For decades, Charlotte Motor Speedway has been proud to have Sam Bass create their programs covers. In this 1989 issue for the May Coca-Cola 600, Sam depicted some of the most historic cars leading the pack just like they used to on the track. This piece is not only a work of art, but a piece of history. In frame behind Plexiglas. 26.5 x 32. Was not reproduced. Retail $6,000
Lot 64, Composite Drawing and Final for Tony Stewart-NASCAR/Raybestos ’99 Rookie
Home Depot 20 Car Black and White featuring Tony Stewart, 1999. Artwork commissioned by Raybestos to commemorate Tony Stewart being named the Raybestos Rookie of the Year for 1999. The original composite had Tony wearing sunglasses; in the final piece, he did not. In frame behind Plexiglas. Not composite but final. Retail $2,000
Lot 76, ZZ Top Autographed Fender Squier Guitar
Fender Squier Tele Affinity SN CY090703629 with Texas Motor Speedway logo, played and autographed by ZZ Top at Texas Motor Speedway November 8, 2009, includes backstage pass, no case included.
Lot 83, Eddie Van Halen Fender Stratocaster Tribute Guitar
Custom Eddie Van Halen Tribute Fender Stratocaster made by Sam Bass, no SN showing, with Soft Bag
Lot 90, Dale Earnhardt “Intimidator” Gibson Les Paul Guitar
Dale Earnhardt Edition #2 Gibson Les Paul featuring artwork by Sam Bass, SN DE-324 with Hard Case
Lot 98, Richard Petty Gibson Les Paul Guitar
Gibson Les Paul Autographed by Richard Petty, Featuring Artwork by Sam Bass, Richard Petty Guitar SN 00433464, signed on rear of headstock 23/43 Sam Bass 2003, with Matching Blue 7X CHAMP Hard Case
Lot 155, Petty #45 Original
#45 Petty Car, 2003. Drawing of the 2003 #45 car, driven by Kyle Petty. In 2003 during the Food City 500, Petty crashed his No. 45 car in a hard driver’s side impact. Though TV cameras make it not look hard, NASCAR officials said it was the hardest crash in NASCAR history with 90 G-forces. Kyle finished 37th in the Cup Series that year. In frame behind Plexiglas, Plexiglas scratched. Retail $3,500
Lot 163, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Bud Car Original
Portrait of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Portrait of Bud Car, 2005. Two drawings: One of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and the other of the 2005 Bud car. In frame behind Plexiglas. Was not reproduced. Retail $1,750
Lot 164, Davey Allison/Mac Tools Racing ‘93
Davey Allison, 1993. Artwork featuring Davey Allison and two views of his 1993 #28 MAC Tools Ford. Davey was 5th in the point standings for the Winston Cup series when he died on July 12, 1993 as a result of injuries suffered in a helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway. In frame behind Plexiglas. 17 x 22. Was reproduced. Retail $8,000
Lot 175, Taste of Success
Jeff Gordon and #24 DuPont Car Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, 1995. Artwork depicting Jeff Gordon and two images of his #24 DuPont Chevy. In 1994, Jeff’s second season full-time in the Cup series, he won both the pole and the race at the Coca-Cola 600 in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In frame behind Plexiglas, dent in frame. Was reproduced. Retail $10,000
Lot 178, Winner’s Circle
Bill Elliott McDonalds #94 Car, 1996. Original artwork showing two images of Bill Elliott and his 1996 #94 McDonalds Ford Thunderbird. The car is the same one that was featured that year in McDonald’s commercials starring Bill. In frame behind Plexiglas with custom matte. Retail $6,500
Lot 188, Mark Martin
Mark Martin and #6 Valvoline Car, 1993. Artwork featuring Mark Martin and two images of his 1993 #6 Valvoline Ford Thunderbird. In frame behind Plexiglas. Was not reproduced. Retail $8,000
Lot 191, Survival of the Fastest
Featuring Eleven Stock Cars, 2002. Original artwork for The Winston and the ARCA Easy Care Vehicle Service Contracts 100 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, March 2002. The artwork features eleven drivers including Jeff Gordon (DuPont), Jimmie Johnson (Lowe’s), Jerry Nadeau (UAW Delphi), Dale Jarrett (UPS), Kevin Harvick (GM Goodwrench), Terry Labonte (Tony the Tiger/Kellogg’s), Rusty Wallace (Miller Lite), Ricky Rudd (Havoline), Bobby Labonte (Interstate Batteries), Bill Elliott (Dodge) and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Bud). In frame behind Plexiglas. Was reproduced. Retail $8,000
Lot 195, Rookie Sensation
Jeff Gordon and #24 Car, 1993. Artwork featuring Jeff Gordon his rookie year and his #24 DuPont car with the “Rainbow Warrior” paint scheme designed by Sam. In frame behind Plexiglas. Was reproduced. Retail $10,000
Lot 206, The Real Thing
#12 Bobby Allison Coca-Cola Car, 1991. Original of the “Coke Machine”, a Monte Carlo driven by NASCAR legend Bobby Allison in the early 1970’s. In frame behind Plexiglas. Was reproduced. Retail $5,000
Lot 209, The Heat Is On!
Four Cars and Drivers at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 1996. Program Cover for Charlotte Motor Speedway UAW/GM Quality 500 Fall race weekend featuring Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Dale Jarrett along with their cars. In frame behind Plexiglas. Was reproduced. Retail $6,000
Lot 226, Nationwide Hendrick Chevy 88 SS Original
#88 Nationwide Car, 2015. Artwork featuring the 2015 #88 Nationwide Chevy SS, driven by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for Hendrick Motorsports. In frame behind Plexiglas. Was not reproduced. Retail $2,500
Lot 253, Always A Champion
Richard Petty with #43 STP Car, 1992. Artwork featuring “The King” Richard Petty in the last year of his NASCAR racing career. The images show The King in his trademark cowboy hat along with images of both his first and last #43 cars – his 1957 Oldsmobile (from his 1959 rookie year) and his 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix. In frame behind Plexiglas with custom matte. Was reproduced. Retail $7,500
Lot 305, 4-Ever Champions
Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace side by side, with #7 and #28 in the sky at Atlanta Speedway, 1994. After the final race of the 1993 Winston Cup season, series champion Dale Earnhardt and race winner Rusty Wallace drove a side-by-side Polish Victory Lap carrying flags for fallen drivers Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison, who had both passed away during that year’s race season. In frame behind Plexiglas with custom matte. Was reproduced. Retail $30,000
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