Mecum Auctions, Salmon Brothers Collection, North Little Rock, Arkansas, June 16, 2012
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
Mecum Auctions hasn’t been noted for single-owner collection sales. Until now.
The sale of Tom and Don Salmon’s collection was not only a commercial success, bringing $6.8 million in total sales on the cars alone but also in putting on an essentially flawless event with all lots offered without reserve.
The cars were displayed to advantage, described in a full color catalog and most of them drove onto the block. Friday evening brought a fried feast of exceptional Southern cooking, catfish, shrimp, chicken, potatoes with cocktail and tartar sauce and ketchup garnish offset by cole slaw, pickles and pickled tomatoes, washed down by sweet tea and pink lemonade for bidders and guests.
It was done right, with Mecum’s usual efficiency in bringing the cars to the block in the right sequence, on time and working through the bidding quickly and transparently.
The collection was heavy in Fifties iron, particularly ’57 Chevys, but any fears it might overwhelm the ’57 Chevy market was quickly dispelled. All the bidders were here, and if they weren’t on-site they were on the phones, sometimes five or six phone bidders on a single car.
Sale day was hot, I mean HOT, and humid but Mecum had brought in multiple industrial strength A/C units that squeezed the heat and humidity out of the Arkansas air and kept the auction building livable despite a standing room only crowd.
Mecum Auctions may not have made much money on the Salmon Brothers’ event but it made its mark in single-owner collection sales with a quality event conducted in a constrained area with nary a visible flaw.
That will pay dividends when making pitches for similar sales and makes any subsequent Mecum Auctions single-owner sales events to watch.
Mecum Salmon Brothers Collection – Auction Report