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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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Leake Auctions, River Spirit Expo, Tulsa, OK, June 7-10, 2018

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Tulsa 2018 marked Leake Auctions’ third sale after January’s acquisition by heavy equipment auctioneer Ritchie Bros. The change of ownership and process of integrating Leake Auctions into the much larger and technically sophisticated Ritchie Bros. organization is ongoing. There are hints of major schedule announcements, as well. All that may have preoccupied the Leake team […]

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RM Auctions, Spring Auburn, May 11-12, 2018

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This is RM Auctions first Spring Auburn after absorbing Auctions America. Note, though, that it is “RM Auctions”, not RM Sotheby’s, continuing the market positioning that distinguished RM Sotheby’s catalog auctions from the consignment sales of RM Auctions formerly Auctions America. As mentioned two months ago after the first newly-named RM Auctions sale at Ft. […]

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Bonhams, Greenwich (CT) Concours, June 3, 2018

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This was the Cunningham year at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance with 33 of the surviving 35 Cunningham cars arrayed along the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park seawall. Rich Taylor and Tom Cotter worked magic in assembling the centerpiece display, an artful blending of the Greenwich dual-concours theme, American on Saturday and European on Sunday, that highlighted […]

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Mecum Auctions Spring Classic, Indianapolis, May 15-20, 2018

Mecum Auctions’ signature sale is the Spring Classic. It’s traveled across mid-America since the Eighties, alighting in Indianapolis at the State Fairgrounds in 2008 with a four-day sale. In recent years the Spring Classic has been eclipsed by Mecum Auction’s magnum opus at Kissimmee in January. These two auctions define, in large part, the vast […]

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Bonhams, Villa La Vigie, Monaco, May 11, 2018

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For years Bonhams held its Monaco auction at the Exposition de la Collection de Voitures Anciennes de S.A.S. le Prince de Monaco, a charming and convenient but cramped location in the shadow of the royal palace. That changed in 2018 with the new location at Villa La Vigie. Perched high up on a headland adjacent […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, Monte Carlo, May 12, 2018

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RM Sotheby’s biennial visit to Monaco during the GP Historique turned in creditable numbers despite missing on the headline $7 million Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France. RM’s Monaco history has been erratic, sometimes featuring a large consignment of moderately priced cars such as 2016’s Quattroroute Collection and sometimes including a big buck consignment such […]

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Worldwide Auctioneers, Texas Classic, Arlington, Texas, April 21,2018

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Worldwide Auctioneers moved their Texas auction from the Houston area to the Dallas area last year. The auction is held in the Arlington Convention Center the day before the Concours d’Elegance of Texas held at the Richard Greene Linear Park adjacent to the Convention Center, the Texas Rangers’ Ballpark and the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. […]

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