Auctions America by RM, Auburn Fall, Auburn, Indiana, August 30-September 2, 2012
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
It’s been only three years since RM bought the Auburn Auction Park from the remnants of Kruse International, but what a transformation Donnie Gould, Ken Wallace and the RM crew have worked on the place.
Not only physically, where the facilities have been steadily upgraded and updated to be the best auctions-only venue in North America (which means in the world) but also in the event’s presentation.
Adding Carlisle Productions to manage the Car Corral and vendor field has been a synergistic miracle, but more importantly Auctions America’s high standards (and prompt payment for sold cars) has brought the fields full of cars that had begun to avoid Auburn during the final days of Kruse International. Dealers have returned, but more important has been the return of one- or two-car collectors to whom a successful auction sale means money in the bank for another project.
It’s not the Auburn of a decade or more ago, but in the present full auction calendar it will never be that, nor is that Auctions America’s goal.
Nothing more eloquently spoke of Auburn’s resurgence, or of the new standards in place, than the offering of three fake Mercedes-Benz G-4s that had been paraded across the block in the last Kruse Auburn Fall with fanfare and bombast. Back then they weren’t labeled as replicas. Surrounded by a cordon of security guards, some armed with serious sidearms, to keep casual onlookers away from their preciousness, there followed a drama that saw the set of three run to a bid of $1.7 million, without any bidding in the vast Auction Park building.
It was classic Kruse Auburn Fall auction theater, a performance without substance.
In 2012 Auctions America sold two of the three faux G-4s. It was real auction theater, and that’s the Auctions America difference.
I wouldn’t have said this four years ago, but it’s now worth coming back to Indiana for Fall Auburn.