Bonhams and Butterfields, Westin Kierland Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona, Thursday, January 17, 2013
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
Bonhams established a bridgehead in Scottsdale last year, landing at the attractive grounds of the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa just off Scottsdale Road near the airport.
They returned in 2013, bigger than ever and with a succulent consignment that ran the gamut from dilapidated (but complete and very choice) antiques through massive Classics to Shelby Mustangs. Not a few were handsomely prepared and presented vintage race cars.
Their location, in expansive tents placed on grass adjacent to the Westin’s valet parking lot, was the same as last year and proved that you don’t mess with a successful presentation. Most of the cars were previewed in the tents, but a number resided in the bright Arizona sunlight for an attractive contrast.
How’d they do? With 112 lots (up 64% from the 68 lots last year) their sale total increased by a hundred and twenty-five percent to $13,455,950 from $5,967,559 a year ago. The sale rate reflected the general quality and interest of the cars, increasing from 64.7% to 82.1%.
Bonhams continues to reinforce its position as the place to find, and to find buyers for, important unrestored cars. Their enthusiasm for them is evident not only in the cars’ cataloging and presentation but by the way they’re represented by Bonhams’ specialists on-site.
With the caliber of the cars offered and the dignified setting for the preview and the auction at the Kierland, Bonhams firmly established itself as a player to be reckoned with in the January Arizona auction scene in its second year. It’s a venue, and consignment, that has quickly established an important place among more established Arizona auctions.