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 tentative, but built steadily in 2013-14 to where it now is an important factor in the only all-auctions week on the annual auction calendar. This year they missed by only a paddle-wave having their 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C take the Scottsdale week’s top sale. The sale total is four times what changed hands in 2012; in fact, the 275 GTB/C alone was half again 2012’s total sale, pointing out the quality of consignments assembled by Bonhams’ crew.
A good part of the enjoyment of this – or any other recent Bonhams collector car auction – is the obvious joy that the team, from Robert Brooks and Malcolm Barber right through the ranks to the specialists, get from the cars and their relationships with consignors, bidders, tire kickers – and even the media. These guys work hard, they get it, and they love what they do, whether it’s in Scottsdale, Paris, London or Philadelphia.
There was a time a few years ago when Bonhams seemed distracted by its expansion into English country auctions, fine art, antiques, maps, etc., etc. In the past two or three years they have dug hard to find their roots in motor cars and nurtured the genre where Robert Brooks and Malcolm Barber made their reputations. The renewed emphasis showed in Scottsdale.
Bonhams Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Report