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Military tanks to be auctioned in California

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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.

Amy Christie, a spokeswoman for Auctions America, says the jewel in the collection is a World War II German Panzer IV tank, which is expected to fetch as much as $2.6 million.

The equipment was collected by Jacques Littlefield. He died in 2009, and his family donated the tanks to The Collings Foundation. The foundation expects to raise $10 million from the auction to build a military vehicle museum at its Stow, Massachusetts, headquarters.

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