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.

Bonhams Zoute Grand Prix 2014 – Auction Results

1989 Ferrari F40

The Bonhams Zoute Grand Prix 2014 sale was held 10th October at the Belgian seaside resort of Knokke-Le-Zoute, resulting in €3.8 million in total sales. The auction was staged alongside the Zoute Grand Prix Rally and Concours d'Elegance, and attracted a strong audience turnout with some keen bidding. Philip Kantor, Head of the Continental European Motoring department, said, "We've enjoyed another great sale at … [Read more...]

Mecum Chicago 2014 – Auction Results

2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition

The Mecum Auctions Chicago 2014 sale was held October 9-11 at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Illinois, resulting in $15,267,644 in total sales and a 62% sell-through rate. More than 15,000 spectators enjoyed the varied selection of muscle cars that stole the spotlight at this year's auction. A total of 936 vehicles were offered at Mecum Auctions' 2014 Chicago collector car auction. … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Hershey 2014 – Auction Results

1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster

The RM Auctions Hershey 2014 sale was held October 9–10 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, resulting in $14,074,250 in total sales and a 93% sell-through rate at the auction held during the annual AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet. The results represented RM's best Hershey performance to date. Generated by the sale of 157 vehicles and select memorabilia before a packed auction room, results from the two-day sale were driven … [Read more...]

Early Offerings at Bonhams Scottsdale 2015

1973 Porsche 911 RS

The Bonhams Scottsdale 2015 Auction will be staged Thursday, January 15th at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Early consignments for Bonhams' 4th annual January sale include a selection of European sporting cars. Last year’s event saw several world auction records made with a 90% sell-through rate and nearly $25-million in sales. Most notable, however, were the results attained for Italian … [Read more...]

Bonhams Simeone Museum 2014 – Auction Results

1907 American Underslung Roadster

The Bonhams Simeone Museum 2014 auction was held October 6th at the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, resulting in nearly $4 million in total sales and an 80% sell-through rate. The results from Bonhams’ 3rd annual auction focusing on original condition automobiles were up 20% over last year. The top result at this year's Simeone Automotive Museum auction went to the rare 1907 American … [Read more...]

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 – Auction Report

1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO

Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, September 25-27, 2013 2014 marked Barrett-Jackson's seventh year in Las Vegas. With the Barrett-Jackson auctions now concentrated in the great Southwest, skeptics might think that B-J had mined its Scottsdale-Reno-Las Vegas vein down to tailings, but 2014 was B-J's biggest ever Las Vegas auction – in consignments and in total sales. Charity sales are always a Barrett-Jackson … [Read more...]

Bugatti Type 51 at Leake Dallas Fall 2014

1934 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix

A 1934 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix will headline the Leake Dallas Fall 2014 auction, scheduled for November 21-23 at Dallas Market Hall in Texas. The Bugatti was consigned from the John Ridings Lee Collection and will be a part of Leake’s Platinum Series of cars, set to cross the auction block on Saturday, November 22nd. Carrying chassis number 51153, the Bugatti Type 51 on offer at the Leake Dallas sale was … [Read more...]

Auctions America Auburn Fall 2014 – Auction Report

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton, Body by La Grande

Auctions America by RM, Auburn Fall, Auburn, Indiana, August 28-31, 2014 2014 is the fifth year since RM's Auctions America brought new life to the Auburn Auction Park. Results have more than doubled since 2010 and although this year's sale was down slightly in the number of cars, total sale and sale percentage from last year the cars may have been Auctions America's best quality offering since it took … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Hershey 2014 – Auction Preview

1933 Chrysler CL Imperial Dual-Windshield Phaeton by LeBaron

The RM Auctions Hershey 2014 sale will be held October 9-10 in Hershey, Pennsylvania during the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet. The two-day auction will feature a selection of more than 160 automobiles, two boats and select memorabilia. The offering is headlined by two North American collections, the Cars of John Moir, featuring the A-to-Z Collection, and the Jeffrey Day Collection. The Cars of John Moir comprise … [Read more...]

Rick Cole Monterey 2014 – Auction Report

1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Sports Racer

Rick Cole returned to the Monterey auctions this year after a long absence, bringing with him a new format with on-site previews and on-line only bidding. Rick was the first to hold a collector car auction in Monterey, conducting the first one in 1986 and continuing well into the next decade. Until Christie's appeared on the grounds at Pebble Beach, the Rick Cole auction in Portola Plaza was the only game in town, … [Read more...]

Sam Pack Car Collection Offered at Auction

Sam Pack Car Collection

RM Auctions, in association with Auctions America, will offer the Sam Pack Car Collection on November 14-15, 2014 at the Pack Automotive Museum located near Dallas, Texas. The event will feature more than 130 of Pack's automobiles during the single-vendor auction. Sam Pack’s museum collection represents more than a dozen years of acquisition. It also reflects Pack’s lifelong love affair with the automobile, a … [Read more...]

Mecum Dallas 2014 – Auction Results

1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Convertible

The Mecum Dallas 2014 Auction was held September 3-6 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, resulting in $31,428,039 in total sales and a 66.3% sell-through rate. In only its fourth year, Mecum's Dallas auction has become one of the largest sales on the Mecum Auctions’ calendar with 1,155 cars offered. The top seller at the 2014 Mecum Dallas sale went to a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 … [Read more...]

Bonhams Quail Lodge 2014 – Auction Report

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina/Scaglietti

Coming off the ten-car Thursday sale of no-reserve Maranello Rosso Ferraris, marked by the Monterey week benchmark sale of Ferrari 250 GTO s/n 3851GT, Friday's Bonhams auction had high expectations to meet. And meet them it did. Bonhams offered 105 cars on Friday, selling 95 of them, a 90.5% sale rate and $41,550,100 in total sales. The total is $10 million more than last year's record Quail Lodge auction, … [Read more...]

Bonhams Simeone 2014 – Auction Preview

1940 Alvis 12/70 Special

The Bonhams Simeone Museum 2014 auction will be held Monday, October 6th at the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. Now in its third year, this auction, which is devoted to the hobby and specifically to "Preserving the Automobile", features important original, preserved and correctly restored historical automobiles as well as related spares and memorabilia. The headline offering at the Bonhams Simeone 2014 … [Read more...]

Mecum Monterey 2014 – Auction Report

1972 McLaren M20 Can-Am; S/N M20-1

When Mecum Auctions announced early in 2009 that they'd be joining the annual auctions crush at Monterey they put themselves in the cross-hairs of the most intense, demanding week on the annual auctions calendar. The other Monterey auctions – RM, Gooding, Bonhams and Russo and Steele – had made Monterey their premier events, selling million dollar cars with seeming ease and racking up multi-million dollar sale … [Read more...]