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Neil Young’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark Goes Big at Auction

There’s no denying that the 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark was an icon of its time, and an even rarer find recently went for a six-figure price tag. The Buick Roadmaster Skylark that went to auction wasn’t just any car, though. It had been customized for Neil Young and sold for a whopping $400,000.

This Buick Roadmaster Skylark convertible is a one-of-a-kind model. It boasts a steering wheel hub with “Customized for Neil Young” inscribed on it. The Buick code 76X Roadmaster Skylark Convertible saw a production run of just 1,690 vehicles, making this car even rarer. The model features a two-tone red and white leather interior.

Neil Young’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark exceeded expectations by selling for $100,000 above its projected value of $300,000, making it the highest-priced sale of the day. It wasn’t the only Neil Young car to be auctioned off, though.

A 1941 Chrysler Series 28 Windsor Highlander sold for $35,200 at the auction. According to Young, it was once owned by Steve McQueen. The third model, a 1948 Buick Roadmaster Hearse, exceeded expectations as well, selling for just over $31,000.

Neil Young’s lifelong collection of trains went up for sale, netting around $300,000. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Bridge School in California. The school was founded in 1986 and helps children with disabilities.

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History of the Barbee Hotel

If you’ve spent time in Warsaw, Indiana, you’ve seen or heard of the Barbee Hotel. This classic Warsaw landmark has a long history and is allegedly a prime location to experience real hauntings. It’s been through a lot, and every little experience seems to have added to this hotel’s character.

The history of the Barbee Hotel begins in 1897, when it was built as the Hotel Ormond. The Vanhoosen family owned the hotel then, and liked to host extravagant guests.

History of the Barbee Hotel In 1922 the hotel—now named the Barbee Hotel after the nearby lake—burnt down unexpectedly. Just a year later, Barbee Hotel was rebuilt. In the years to follow, ownership changed hands several times.

But perhaps the most interesting piece of history, as is the case with most hotels, lies in the long list of famous guests. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard both stayed there. But this particular hotel was less a Hollywood hotspot and more of a gangster’s paradise as criminals like Al Capone, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson all stayed here, too. Some say they conducted important business here. Others say you can still see Al Capone’s cigar smoke lingering in the hallways. In the end, you’ll just have to visit to see for yourself.