Business & Finance: Empire Sold

A grubby auction hall is the Exchange Salesroom at No. 18 Vesey St., Manhattan. There in one corner is the famed auction block of Adrian H. Muller & Son which for a fee will sell anyone's securities. Both Mr. Muller and his son are dead, and the firm today is run by Miss Helen M. Collins, fortyish and efficient. One afternoon last week Miss Collins held the most spectacular auction in U. S. history.

Across her block passed control of the $3,000,000,000 Van Sweringen rail and real estate empire, put up for sale by J....

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