Automotive Auction Coverage

Led by Auction Editor Rick Carey, our coverage of auctions and collector car markets includes everything from late-breaking news and auction results to varied opinions about market trends and values.

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2015 – Auction Preview

1955 Jaguar D-Type

The RM Sotheby's Amelia Island 2015 auction will be held Saturday, March 14th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island, Florida. As the first auction for the new partnership between RM Auctions and Sotheby's, the united team has gathered 100 automobiles and select memorabilia for the single-day auction, which will again act as a prelude to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. A total of fourteen … [Read more...]

Silverstone Auctions Race Retro 2015 – Auction Results

1991 Ferrari Testarossa

The Silverstone Auctions Race Retro 2015 sale was staged 21-22 February at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry, UK, resulting in £3.62 million in total sales and a 78 percent sell-through rate. The first Silverstone Auctions event of 2015 achieved four record prices. Classic Ferraris remain in high demand, with two cars by the marque breaking world records at the Silverstone Race Retro 2015 auction. … [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...]

New RM Auctions and Sotheby’s Partnership

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

Sotheby's and RM Auctions announced a new formal partnership that will see Sotheby's acquire a 25 percent ownership interest in the collector car auction company, which will now be known as RM Sotheby's. Sotheby's and RM Auctions have previously collaborated on a number of sales in both the United States and Europe, most notably the November 2013 Art of the Automobile auction in New York, which achieved nearly … [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...]

Featured at RM Auctions Amelia Island 2015

1955 Jaguar D-Type (photo: Patrick Ernzen)

A 1955 Jaguar D-Type, chassis no. XKD 530, is among the latest highlights for the RM Auctions Amelia Island 2015 sale, to be held March 14th at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. The official auction of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, the single-day RM Auctions sale will see 100 automobiles and select memorabilia cross the block, including 14 vehicles with pre-sale estimates exceeding $1 … [Read more...]

Ferraris at Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2015

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (photo: Brian Henniker)

A selection of Ferrari sports cars will be among the headline offerings at the Gooding and Company Amelia Island Auction 2015, scheduled for Friday, March 13 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida. Among the Ferraris heading to Amelia Island include a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 recently discovered and debuting for the first time at a public sale, a white over red 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet, a … [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...]

Featured Offerings at Gooding Amelia Island 2015

1956 Maserati 200 SI (photo: Mathieu Heurtault)

A selection of sports and racing cars will be among the consignments at the Gooding and Company Amelia Island Auction 2015, scheduled for Friday, March 13 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida. The headline 1956 Maserati 200 SI occupies a place of distinction in the evolution of Maserati sports racing cars, not only because it was the first 200 S chassis produced, but also due to its service as the … [Read more...]

Artcurial Retromobile 2015 – Auction Results

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider sold for

The Artcurial Motorcars Retromobile Auction 2015 was held 6 February at the Retromobile Show in Paris, resulting in €48 million in total sales and an 89% sell-through rate. The total sales figure, which included 10 record auction prices, was the highest ever for a collector car auction staged in continental Europe. Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars said, “These exceptional results spring … [Read more...]

Bonhams Grand Palais Paris 2015 – Auction Results

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

The Bonhams Paris Auction 2015 was held Thursday 5th February at the Grand Palais in Paris during Retromobile Week. The auction attracted buyers from the Middle East, Far East, North and South America, Australasia competing against the European market. The top result at the Bonhams Paris 2015 auction went to the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible that sold to an auction room bidder for €1,897,500 (£1,430,715). … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Paris 2015 – Auction Results

1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L sold for €1,624,000

The RM Auctions Paris 2015 sale was held 4 February at Place Vauban during the week of Salon Retromobile, resulting in total sales of €19.35 million ($22.1 million USD) and an 82 percent sell-through rate. Bidders represented 34 countries and five lots brought in excess of €1.0 million. The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta, chassis no. 5085 GT, was the night’s top seller, garnering €1.624.000. The second … [Read more...]

Early Offerings at RM Villa d’Este 2015

1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta by Touring

A 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta by Touring, chassis number 0158 ED, will headline the RM Auctions Villa d'Este 2015 sale, scheduled for 23rd May at Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como, Italy as the official auction house of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. “While many early Ferraris were campaigned hard by their first owners, few emerged largely unscathed from the rigors of competition. 0158 ED is one … [Read more...]

Headline Offerings at RM Amelia Island 2015

1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet by Pinin Farina (photo: Darin Schnabel)

A 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet will be among the highlight offerings at the RM Auctions Amelia Island 2015 sale, scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. The Ferrari will headline RM's selection of more than 90 automobiles, a field that RM said represents their finest offering in the event’s 17-year history. “It's an absolute privilege to have been entrusted … [Read more...]