Bonhams, Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 16, 2014
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
January 16, 2014 marked the third year since Bonhams joined the Arizona collector car auction week familiarly known as “Scottsdale.” The sale exploded in value and quality, nearly tripling the $6 million total of 2012’s first year sale and firmly setting Bonhams’ cat among the Arizona car collector auction pigeons.
Bonhams’ was an outstanding consignment, with enough 7-figure sales by themselves (five of them totaling $11.6 million) to nearly equal last year’s $13.5 million sale total and almost double the first year’s sale. Exceptional caliber cars ran from “The Tailor’s Car”, Ferrari 212 Export Touring Coupe, through a beautiful Alfa 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato Spider, to the car that may have been one of the best buys of the week, the Mercedes-Benz 500K Sports Phaeton, even at $1.4 million.
Scottsdale was ample proof that Bonhams has seriously upped its game, confirming the performance they gave at Monterey’s Quail Lodge in August. Their upcoming sale in Paris during Rétromobile promises to be another strong event.
Andrew Newton and Paul Duchene contributed onsite observations, comments and photos to this auction report.