Dragone Greenwich 2015 – Auction Report

1951 Simca-Abarth SC Cabriolet, Body by Stablimenti Farina

Dragone Brothers, Westport, Connecticut, May 30, 2015 It would be inaccurate to say that Manny and George Dragone have been finding antique, classic and rare cars their entire adult lives. They started as teenagers and have built a reservoir of knowledge, relationships and contacts that is perhaps second-to-none among modern dealers. In the Northeast, where the automobile was born in America, Manny and George … [Read more...]

Bonhams Greenwich 2015 – Auction Report

1938 Bugatti Type 57S Stelvio Convertible, Body by Gangloff

Bonhams, Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, May 31, 2015 By any measure, Bonhams is through hard work and dedication turning its auction in conjunction with the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance into a consistent success. This year's total was helped by having 51 of the 95 lots offered without reserve and selling to the highest bidder from the time the first bid was taken. That's well over half the entire consignment … [Read more...]

Auctions America Auburn Spring 2015 – Auction Report

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet

Auctions America, Auburn Spring, Auburn, Indiana, May 7-9, 2015 "Auburn" resonates with car collectors. The home of Auburn and Cord, location of the Auburn - Cord - Duesenberg Club headquarters and museum and of NATMUS, the National Auto and Truck Museum, its history in the auto industry – particularly the auto industry in Indiana – and nexus of so much car collecting activity make Auburn particularly appropriate … [Read more...]

Mecum Indianapolis 2015 – Auction Report

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, Body by Scaglietti

Mecum Auctions, Spring Classic, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 13-16, 2015 Mecum's Spring Classic is a marathon, four days of nonstop auctions with cars spread throughout the various exposition buildings of the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. It is possible – even productive – simply to concentrate on the Big Car displays. There is plenty there, in the diverse, if Muscle-oriented, … [Read more...]

Mecum Kansas City Spring 2015 – Auction Report

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster

Mecum Auctions, Kansas City Spring, April 23-25, 2015 Kansas City, whether spring or December, has never been a high-roller sale for Mecum Auctions. It is, however, a steady performer in high seven- or low-eight figures that mines the enthusiasm of a notable car collecting market. The Spring 2015 Kansas City auction continued that track with a solid $8,955,661 sale and a consistent offering of similarly solid, and … [Read more...]

RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection – Auction Report

1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, Body by Pininfarina

RM Sotheby's, Paul and Chris Andrews Collection, Fort Worth, Texas May 2, 2015 RM Sotheby's has demonstrated that it is without peer in single owner collection auctions, establishing a record of effective promotion, lavish presentation and meticulous on-site event management that regularly produces eye-opening, record-setting results. Paul and Chris Andrews, pére et fils, are the latest collectors to take … [Read more...]

Mecum Houston 2015 – Auction Report

1959 Jaguar XK 150 Drophead Coupe

Mecum Auctions, Houston, Texas, April 17-19, 2015 $101,763,166. That's how many dollars worth of collector vehicles Mecum Auctions has sold since its first auction in Houston in 2012. Mecum did it by selling 2,588 lots with an average transaction value of $39,321. It is a remarkable achievement, from nothing in 2011 to three Texas sales a year in 2015, Houston in spring, Dallas (also since 2012) in September and … [Read more...]

Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2015 – Auction Report

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Pf Coupe, Body by Pinin Farina

Auctions America, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, March 27-29, 2015 Report by Rick Carey | Photos by Andrew Newton Astute readers of SportsCarDigest.com auction reports will notice something missing in the above description: "by RM". Auctions America's Donnie Gould insists the omission – following Sotheby's acquisition of 25% of catalog collector car auction house RM Auctions – means nothing for Auctions America's … [Read more...]

Gooding & Company Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Report

1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 Coupe, Body by Pininfarina

Gooding & Company, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida, March 13, 2015 Gooding & Company's sixth consecutive auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation showed a complete disdain for superstition: it was Friday the Thirteenth. No slashers wielding machetes or aetherial ectoplasmic forms materialized in or near the Gooding tent village, although a somewhat supernatural rain deluge created an … [Read more...]

Bonhams Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Report

1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe

Bonhams Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Amelia Island, Florida, March 12, 2015 Bonhams returned to Amelia Island in 2015 after a long absence, having previously stuck its toe in the water in 2000 with a sale under the Brooks Auctioneers banner at the Amelia Island Plantation. After selling just nine lots for a total of $1.2 million, Brooks beat a strategic retreat but Bonhams will not have to … [Read more...]

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Report

1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, Body by Pinin Farina

RM Sotheby's, Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, March 14, 2015 Only 28 auctions have recorded higher sale totals than RM's 2015 Amelia Island auction total of $60,122,000. It is by nearly 50% the highest auction total ever at Amelia. Only 18 have recorded higher median transaction values than RM Amelia's $258,500, only 25 have higher average transaction value than its $607,293. RM announced in the week … [Read more...]

Leake Oklahoma City 2015 – Auction Report

1970 Chevrolet Corvette 454 Coupe

Leake Auction Company, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, February 20-12, 2015 Oklahoma City is one of the centers of the hydrocarbon energy business in America. Downtown is dominated by towers erected by the likes of Devon Energy and Continental Resources. The city's periphery is marked by fields full of pipe and heavy equipment, sharp contrast to Oklahoma City's historic position as a … [Read more...]

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...]