Mecum Kissimmee 2015 – Auction Report

1971 Porsche 911S 2.2 Coupe

Mecum Auctions, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida, January 16-25, 2015 Even while the Arizona auctions were at their peak Mecum started up for its 10-day marathon in central Florida. Kissimmee is so big Mecum has to organize its own transportation authority with a fleet of golf carts shuttling people from one end of the Park to the other, a giant Uber constantly circulating and willing to go where asked … [Read more...]

The Magnificent Monopostos – Book Review

Alfettas at Spa in 1951

The Magnificent Monopostos - Alfa Romeo Grand Prix Cars, 1923-1951 By Simon Moore, Edited by Malcolm Harris, Parkside Publications, Seattle, 2014 Review by Rick Carey, Auction Editor It is impossible to be sufficiently lavish in praise for the third of Simon Moore's definitive compendia on Alfa Romeos, The Magnificent Monopostos. Simon set himself a daunting task twenty-eight years ago of presenting … [Read more...]

Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Report

1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I Roadster

Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 15-19, 2015 Showmanship is an essential element in the collector car auction business. Every auction company practices it, each with its own style. No one practices it with more style and flair than Russo and Steele where Drew Alcazar has elevated auction company showmanship to a new level. It's loud, frenetic, even frantic. Drew, Marty Hill and the rest of the … [Read more...]

Gooding and Company Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Report

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Spider, Body by Scaglietti

Gooding and Company, Fashion Square, Scottsdale, Arizona January 16-17, 2015 Gooding and Company first made its appearance in Scottsdale in 2008, becoming the fifth entrant into the annual winter gathering of collectors and dealers to kick off the New Year joining Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele, RM (since 2000) and Silver. Success has followed after firmly planting the Gooding presence in Arizona with a … [Read more...]

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Report

1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Sprint Coupe

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 13-18, 2015 All props to Barrett-Jackson, no matter how it is cut, sliced and mixed. This is the grand daddy of collector car auctions and within its ebbs and flows mirrors the car collecting hobby better than anything else. There is a law of large numbers at work here. With 1,628 cars crossing the block in six days of nearly non-stop commercial excess, … [Read more...]

Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2013-2014 – Book Review

Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2013-2014

In the collector car auctions' relentless series of events there is rarely an opportunity to sit back and take stock. At most it becomes an occasional consideration of the major events of Scottsdale, Retromobile, Amelia Island or Monterey. Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi provide the opportunity each year with their Classic Car Auction Yearbook to reconsider all the major sales in one thoughtful, illustrated, well … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Arizona 2015 – Auction Report

1964 Ferrari 250 LM Coupe, Body by Scaglietti

RM Auctions, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix, Arizona, January 15-16, 2015 Top grossing auction (of less than three days' duration) in Scottsdale: RM with $63,605,500. The top sale of the week in Scottsdale: RM's Ferrari 250 LM s/n 5899GT at $9,625,000 (by a $220,000 whisker.) Most transactions hammered at $1 million or more: RM with fourteen. … [Read more...]

Bonhams Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Report

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Coupe, Body by Pininfarina

Bonhams, Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 15, 2015 Bonhams kicks off the catalog auctions at Scottsdale with its sale at the Westin Kierland Thursday mid-day. Attractively presented in a park-like setting, the cars preview well in the entry marquee and space between it and the auction tent. Bonhams' venture into the Valley of the Sun began only four years ago. The first year's sale was a bit … [Read more...]

Barrett-Jackson Pratte Collection 2015 – Saturday Auction Report

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 'Super Snake' Roadster

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld, Scottsdale, Arizona, The Pratte Collection, Saturday, January 17, 2015 The thirty premier cars in Ron Pratte's collection crossed the Barrett-Jackson auction block in Prime Time early Saturday evening. There were high expectations, not only on account of B-J's heavy promotion of the collection but also because these were vehicles that had headlined many prior Barrett-Jackson … [Read more...]

Barrett-Jackson Pratte Collection 2015 – Tuesday Auction Report

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Yenko 427 sold for $275,000, a strong $99,000 more than the purchase price in 2008

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld, Scottsdale, Arizona, The Pratte Collection Tuesday, January 13, 2015 This is a brief ‘heads-up’ on the Tuesday group of cars from Ron Pratte’s collection at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld. There were 110 lots, mostly cars, of which were offered without reserve. They brought a total of $13,272,600. Sixty of them had sold at auction since 2004 i.e., probably to Ron Pratte. Of those, … [Read more...]

Mecum Anaheim 2014 – Auction Report

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina/Scaglietti

Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, California, November 13-15, 2014 2015 marked Mecum's third auction at the Convention Center in Anaheim. Their success in this venue is in marked contrast to that of others who have ventured into the LA area with uniformly lackadaisical results. While Rick Cole had successful auctions in Newport Beach in the waning years of the last collector car auction boom and Keith and Desley … [Read more...]

Mecum Austin 2014 – Auction Report

1953 Jaguar XK 120SE Roadster

Mecum Auctions, Austin, Texas December 12-13, 2014 Mecum Auctions' approach is unusual, even unique. They troll around the country, trying locations, developing them – and along the way the collector car market in places where it's been overlooked – bringing their high-energy Velocity TV production. Mecum has produced blockbuster results in unexpected places. Kissimmee is front and center. Overlapping the … [Read more...]

Jaguars Sold at Auction in 2014

1955 Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar, the brand known for its leaping feline mascot, enjoyed plenty of air time this year within the collector car auction world. Well represented at nearly every single collector car auction in 2014, Auction Editor Rick Carey witnessed the good, bad and the ugly from the Coventry-based car firm. Not surprisingly, the Jaguar E-Type made up a majority of the Jaguar offerings at auction in 2014. After a … [Read more...]

Mercedes-Benz Sold at Auction in 2014

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster at RM Amelia Island

Mercedes-Benz has long represented a great choice for enthusiasts that want a beautiful, well-engineered automobile that will actually crank on a cold morning. As the world's oldest automaker, the brand's history is littered with numerous important open and sporting cars like the famed White Knights, the dominating Silver Arrows, the elegant 540K series and the blue-chip 300 SL Gullwing and Roadster. The level of … [Read more...]

Bonhams Simeone Museum 2014 – Auction Report

1956 Lancia Aurelia B20S 6th Series Coupe, Body by Pinin Farina

Bonhams 'Preserving the Automobile', Simeone Museum, Philadelphia, PA, October 6, 2014 2014 marked Bonhams' third foray into the delightful environs of Dr. Fred Simeone's marvelous collection near the Philadelphia airport. If the auction isn't sufficient to induce people to come, the chance to see the collection of competition automobiles that Dr. Simeone has put together should be. His dedication to presenting … [Read more...]