Report and photos (unless noted) by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
Gooding and Company held its 2010 Pebble Beach sale on August 14th and 15th at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach, California.
David Gooding assumed the Pebble Beach Auction mantle six years ago, to the day, in fact, on August 15, 2004. He brought Charlie Ross over from the UK to call the sale, and they meshed on the block to an unprecedented degree. Charlie’s clear, concise, distinct presentation identified every bid with precision. David’s rapport with his bidders personalized the process. It was a revelation.
Six years later the auction is much different. It’s two days instead of one and the consignment is laden with million dollar cars, but the presentation has lost none of its exceptional immediacy, clarity and personality.
2010 just beat the record-setting sale total of 2008, but did it with fewer cars and fewer sales. 2010 had exactly the same median (half sold for more, half sold for less) transaction as in 2009. The difference? Twelve cars sold for hammer bids over a million bucks including the two top sales from the Monterey auctions.
Presented on Saturday and Sunday evening (the latter after the prize awards at the Concours), this is a must-attend finale to the Monterey week. Even tired, used-up, sunburned and sleep-deprived, it’s worth the effort to close out Monterey Week at Gooding’s.