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 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...]

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...]