Gooding & Company, Fashion Square, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 18-19, 2013
Report and photos (unless noted) by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
104 cars offered, 101 cars sold, 97.1% sell-through, $57,741,695 total sale, up 44.8% from last year and 65.1% from 2011, an average transaction of $571,700. Those are awesome numbers.
Consider that with 7.9% of the lots that crossed the block at Barrett-Jackson, Gooding & Company brought in 55.1% of Barrett-Jackson’s total dollars.
Twelve of Gooding’s lots sold on hammer bids of $1 million or more. They brought a total with commissions of $31,405,000.
36.3% of the lots sold brought hammer bids above their pre-sale high estimates – and Gooding & Company is not known for scrimping on its pre-sale estimates. Several cars brought world record prices, some by margins so large they defy comprehension.
In just six years since David Gooding and his team put their toe in the Scottsdale sand in 2008 their auction has firmly established itself as the second highest grossing sale of the week and set a unique standard for presentation. And while offering a consignment of exceptional quality, including several cars so unusual they had even jaded observers rushing to look deeper into their details when hoods and doors were opened (like the Maserati 150 GT Spider) there also were plenty of five-figure cars accessible to the audience that watches Barrett-Jackson on SPEED TV.
The only thing that might be considered missing was an eight-figure car, but it’s more than sufficient to settle for an $8.25 million Ferrari California Spider.
Gooding’s next sale is at Amelia Island on March 8 where they’ve already announced a Ghia-bodied Fiat 8V Supersonic Coupé and a 4 1/2 Liter “Blower” Bentley. Time will tell what other treasures are unearthed for Amelia.