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.

Barrett-Jackson Pratte Collection 2015 – Saturday Auction Report

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 'Super Snake' Roadster

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld, Scottsdale, Arizona, The Pratte Collection, Saturday, January 17, 2015 The thirty premier cars in Ron Pratte's collection crossed the Barrett-Jackson auction block in Prime Time early Saturday evening. There were high expectations, not only on account of B-J's heavy promotion of the collection but also because these were vehicles that had headlined many prior Barrett-Jackson … [Read more...]

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Results

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake Auction Block

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction 2015 was held January 10-18 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona, resulting in more than $130 million in gross sales. The total from the 44th annual event was the highest in company history, with 1,611 vehicles sold during this year's Arizona Auction Week sale. “This year’s Scottsdale auction was on a scale unlike anything in our 44-year history,” said Craig Jackson, chairman … [Read more...]

Bonhams Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Results

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione

The Bonhams Scottsdale 2015 Auction was held Thursday, January 15th at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, resulting in nearly $24.8 million in total sales and an 87% sell-through rate. James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said, “Year on year our auction here in Scottsdale has grown in both reputation and results. Our selection is focused but diverse, representing the very best of the car … [Read more...]

Gooding Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Results

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider sold for $7,700,000

The Gooding and Company Scottsdale 2015 Auction was held January 16-17 nearby the Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona, resulting in more than $51,516,600 in total sales and a 90 percent sell-through rate. A total of eleven cars sold above $1,000,000 at Gooding's 8th annual Arizona Auction Week sale and 25 set new auction records. David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding and Company, said, “With … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Arizona 2015 – Auction Results

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

The RM Auctions Arizona 2015 sale was staged January 15-16 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, resulting in $63,700,375 in total sales and a 90 percent sell-through rate. The sale represented RM's best Arizona Auction Week performance to date and a nearly 40 percent increase over its 2014 total. “We’re thrilled with the results from our Arizona sale. Carefully curated by our specialists, our offering was … [Read more...]

Barrett-Jackson Pratte Collection 2015 – Tuesday Auction Report

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Yenko 427 sold for $275,000, a strong $99,000 more than the purchase price in 2008

Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld, Scottsdale, Arizona, The Pratte Collection Tuesday, January 13, 2015 This is a brief ‘heads-up’ on the Tuesday group of cars from Ron Pratte’s collection at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld. There were 110 lots, mostly cars, of which were offered without reserve. They brought a total of $13,272,600. Sixty of them had sold at auction since 2004 i.e., probably to Ron Pratte. Of those, … [Read more...]

The First Lister – 1951 Tojeiro-JAP

1951 Tojeiro-JAP

The first car to carry a ‘BHL’ chassis number, after its creator, Brian Horace Lister, is for sale by private treaty at H&H Classics. Lister, who died on 16 December 2014, was the man behind the eponymous marque best known for its green-and-yellow, Jaguar-powered sports-racers of the 1950s driven by the diminutive Archie Scott Brown. … [Read more...]

Mecum Anaheim 2014 – Auction Report

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina/Scaglietti

Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, California, November 13-15, 2014 2015 marked Mecum's third auction at the Convention Center in Anaheim. Their success in this venue is in marked contrast to that of others who have ventured into the LA area with uniformly lackadaisical results. While Rick Cole had successful auctions in Newport Beach in the waning years of the last collector car auction boom and Keith and Desley … [Read more...]

Mecum Kissimmee 2015 – Auction Preview

1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona

The Mecum Kissimmee 2015 auction will be held January 16-25 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. The ten-day Kissimmee sale will see more than 3,000 vehicles and hundreds of automotive memorabilia items cross the block in Florida at the world’s largest collector car auction. The Wellborn Muscle Car Museum Collection will be among the offerings at the Mecum Kissimmee 2015 auction. … [Read more...]

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Preview

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 Auction will be held January 10-18 at the WestWorld facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. Barrett-Jackson's 44th annual Arizona Auction Week sale will feature the largest docket in its history, with more than 1,600 classics, exotics, muscle cars, hot rods, resto-mods and more set to cross the auction block. “We’re thrilled to kick off 2015 with the largest auction in the history of … [Read more...]

Gooding Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Preview

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

The Gooding and Company Scottsdale 2015 Auction will be held January 16-17 nearby the Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona. Gooding's 8th annual Arizona Auction Week sale will see more than 125 automobiles on offer, including 18 automobiles with pre-sale estimates exceeding $1 million. Headline offerings at the Gooding Scottsdale 2015 sale include the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider; 1962 … [Read more...]

Featured Porsches at Mecum Kissimmee 2015

1971 Porsche 911S Coupe

A selection of Porsches will be among the headline offerings at the Mecum Kissimmee 2015 auction, scheduled for January 16-25 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. Similar to previous years, Mecum's 2015 Florida sale will offer a group of desirable Porsche road cars for bidders to enjoy. With their Kissimmee sale, Mecum's focus is on American iron, but the auction house has done an admirable job … [Read more...]

Bonhams Scottsdale 2015 – Auction Preview

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione

The Bonhams Scottsdale 2015 Auction will be held January 15th at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, with more than 80 automobiles on offer at the 4th annual Bonhams Arizona Auction Week event. Headlining the 2015 Bonhams Arizona sale will be a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione; 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Alloy Coupe; 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy; 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider; 1964 Aston … [Read more...]

Mecum Austin 2014 – Auction Report

1953 Jaguar XK 120SE Roadster

Mecum Auctions, Austin, Texas December 12-13, 2014 Mecum Auctions' approach is unusual, even unique. They troll around the country, trying locations, developing them – and along the way the collector car market in places where it's been overlooked – bringing their high-energy Velocity TV production. Mecum has produced blockbuster results in unexpected places. Kissimmee is front and center. Overlapping the … [Read more...]

RM Auctions Arizona 2015 – Auction Preview

1964 Ferrari 250 LM (photo: Darin Schnabel)

The RM Auctions Arizona 2015 sale will be held January 15-16 on the grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix. More than 125 classic and significant automobiles will cross the auction podium at this year’s sale, including 22 automobiles with pre-sale estimates exceeding $1 million. The 16th annual RM Auctions sale held during Arizona Auction Week includes everything from pre-war classics to sports … [Read more...]