The Auctions America by RM Auburn Fall 2012 sale was held August 30th to September 2nd at Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana, resulting in more than $18.5 million in total sales and a 76% sell-through rate.
Held during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, the third annual Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend sale marked Auctions America’s largest event to date, with more than 1,000 automobiles, 500 lots of memorabilia and a select range of vintage motorcycles crossing the auction block during the multi-day sale.
“We’re thrilled with the results from this year’s Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend,” said Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America by RM. “Once again, the event provided a wonderful celebration of automotive culture – with some enthusiasts fortunate to walk away with the ultimate souvenir, a collector car. The feedback received from buyers, sellers and attendees alike has been extremely positive. There is no doubt, Auburn is back! We look forward to continuing to grow the event in the years ahead and further building its standing as a ‘must attend’ event on the global collector car calendar.”
Locally-built automobiles were once again the toast of the 2012 Auctions America Auburn Fall Collector Car auction, with top sales honors going to a 1935 Duesenberg Model J Sedan for $456,500 and a 1932 Auburn 12 Boattail Speedster for $275,000. Rounding out the top five sales were a WWII Military Recreation for $269,500; a 1953 Buick Skylark for $192,500; and a 1932 Auburn 12 Phaeton for $181,500.
As part of Auctions America’s continued efforts to give back to Northeast Indiana communities, a special segment of the weekend was the presentation of a dedicated charity auction, benefiting local military families. The charity portion of the program raised in excess of $41,000 through the auction and additional donations, with 100% of proceeds to be split between the family of U.S. Army Sergeant JaBraun Knox, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in May, and the Fort Wayne Base Community Council, established in July 2012 to support current deployed and non-deployed military members and their families in times of need through various different initiatives, including financial assistance and education.
“The local community has been very welcoming and supportive of the Auctions America team since we arrived in Auburn in July 2010,” comments Gould. “The charity auction was part of our commitment to support the local community in which we operate. We’re proud to be able to give back and, in particular, provide support to local military families who make daily sacrifices for their community and country.”
In addition to the military auction, three-time Indy 500 champion Bobby Unser donated an autographed racing helmet during Saturday’s sale session, which raised in excess of $13,000 for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum.
Beyond the auction, the weekend’s program also featured one of the Midwest’s largest car corrals and swap meets, organized by Carlisle Events. With thousands of sellers on-site, buyers and sellers alike noted that results were the best in years, with resto items and collectibles proving hot items for those shopping for pieces, parts and memorabilia, while a good number of cars sold within the car corral.
Auctions America by RM Auburn Fall Sale 2012 – Top Five Auction Results
1. 1935 Duesenberg Model J – $456,500
2. 1932 Auburn 12 Boattail Speedster – $275,000
3. WWII Military Recreation – $269,500
4. 1953 Buick Skylark – $192,500
5. 1932 Auburn 12 Phaeton – $181,500
Auctions America continues its 2012 calendar of events, September 21 – 22, with the presentation of the Terry Bennett Collection, an offering of motoring and vintage collectibles, in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, closely followed by the company’s Fall Carlisle sale, October 4 – 5, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
For additional information, visit www.auctionsamerica.com.
[Source: Auctions America; photo: Andrew N. Smith © 2012 courtesy Auctions America]