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RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, August 24-25, 2018

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RM Sotheby’s finally got its new Convention Center location in 2018 after two years in a makeshift fabric structure on Portola Plaza. The new layout was a mixed blessing but it was kicked off right by lot #247, the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO s/n 3413, the superstar of a star-filled Monterey auction week. RM Sotheby’s […]

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Bonhams, Quail Lodge, August 24, 2018

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On the numbers, this was a fairly ordinary Bonhams Quail auction. Year Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Sold < Low Est Sold > High Est Average Sale Median Sale Total $ 2018 110/135 81.5% 64.6% 10% $345,602 131,400 [38.1%] $38,016,190 2017 85/106 80.2% 71.1% 10.8% $648,428 $181,500 [28%] $55,116,400 2016 101/115 87.8% 65% 6.2% $342,998 […]

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Mecum Auctions, Harrisburg, August 2-4, 2018

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Earlier this summer I observed in the Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction report that B-J has demonstrated that it is possible to hold a successful collector car in the Northeast, an area where many others have foundered over the years. And I’m here to add that so, too, has Mecum. After arriving in Harrisburg in 2014, they […]

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The Top of the Curve in Monterey (7/18 update)

The tiny, pointy, tip top of the collector car market curve is getting a little more flat at the Monterey auctions in August. There are marvelous cars in the Monterey auctions, filling the eight-figure vacuum of the past six months. At Paris in February the car that dominated the auctions’ pre-sale publicity, Ferrari 250/275 LM […]

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Barrett-Jackson Northeast, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT, June 21-23,2018

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2018 marked Barrett-Jackson’s third appearance in the northeast at Mohegan Sun, this year with more cars, more money changing hands and a nearly perfect sale rate. Make no mistake, this is a huge show taking full advantage of Mohegan Sun’s vast new ‘Earth Expo & Convention Center’ to display a few Showcase cars but more […]

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RM Auctions, Michael Dingman Collection, Hampton, NH, June 23-24, 2018

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Mike Dingman was a Captain of Industry who had a special place in his collecting heart for advertising signs – especially neon – and flathead Fords. He was the Chairman of Wheelabrator Frye, one of the most consequential conglomerates of the 1970’s which became Signal Group, later Chairman of Henley Group, another conglomerate spun out […]

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