Bonhams, Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley, California, August 17, 2012
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
Bonhams moved its sale to the back of the Quail Lodge property in 2012 giving itself much more room to maneuver. It also bifurcated its two-day sale, offering motorcycles on Thursday and [mostly] automobile lots on Friday.
In contrast to everyone else at Monterey Week Bonhams puts on a low key auction. With Malcolm Barber on the block the pace is measured, even deliberate. The atmosphere among the bidders is similarly considered and while Bonhams delivers good results there’s none of the histrionics – and occasional irrational bidding – that makes raises the entertainment factor of some of the other auctions. The measured pace seems to make it hard to hold the room’s attention and to keep bidders from wandering off as Friday evening’s festivities begin.
Here are the numbers:
The important result at Bonhams Quail in 2012 was, by a wide margin, the McLaren F1 GTR which accounted for $3,850,000 of the sale’s final total; without it Bonhams would have been a bit meager, even with the $2,243,000 Ford GT40. Those two cars accounted for 52.2% of Bonhams entire sale.