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Worldwide Auctioneers, Dallas (Arlington), Texas, April 21-22, 2017

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Worldwide marked its move from the Houston area (Montgomery) to the Dallas area (Arlington) this year by adding a day to its calendar. The Monical collection of no reserve cars filled the added day. It was a challenge for Worldwide which faced established competition in the market from Leake’s three-day sale in downtown Dallas at […]

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Leake Auction, Dallas, Texas, April 21-23, 2017

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As with many auctions these days, Leake had a powerful contingent of late model cars. 99 of the 430 lots on offer were model year 2001 or later, 23% of the entire offering. The late model vehicles were led, again in common with many recent auctions, by the sale’s top lot, 2014 LaFerrari s/n …205216, […]

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The Branson Auction Spring 2017, April 21-22, 2017

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  The 2017 Spring Branson auction was missing a key element: Mark Trimble. Mark died February 11, probably while planning on doing aerobatics in the air over the Ozarks. He was dedicated to Branson, but more than that to living a good, fulsome, life. He brought the Branson Collector Car Auction to life nearly 40 […]

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Mecum Auctions, NRG Arena, Houston, Texas, April 6-8, 2017

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Since arriving in Houston in 2012 Mecum has made a splash, then settled down into a consistent $20 million sale. The “splash” came in 2014 when a single Ford GT40 s/n GT/104, brought $7 million hammer, 23% of that year’s total auction handle all by itself. Over the years the consignment has steadily declined until […]

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Auctions America, Ft. Lauderdale, March 31-April 2, 2017

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It’s difficult to find a collection of cars at auction backed up by a team more enthusiastic than Donnie Gould has at Auctions America. Two weeks after their partners at RM Sotheby’s hit a home run at Amelia Island, Auctions America did the same in Ft. Lauderdale. The cars were mainstream but that didn’t mean […]

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Motostalgia Auctions, Amelia Island, March 11, 2017

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Motostalgia Auctions bills itself as the official auction company for the SVRA Amelia Island Vintage Gran Prix, an event that took place March 16-19, a week after the auction, SVRA’s third event of a busy winter season. Motostalgia’s results for 2017 were comparable with last year but actually reflected a better sale when it is […]

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Artcurial Motorcars, Rétromobile, Paris, February 10, 2017

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On the numbers Artcurial’s $34.7 million 2017 sale looks light, but that isn’t taking into account the $35 million sale of the Ferrari 335 Sport last year which had no comparable blockbuster in 2017. Then there was the $19.1 million sale of the Baillon Collection’s Ferrari 250 GT SWB Cal Spyder two years ago. Without […]

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Bonhams, Le Grand Palais, Paris, February 9, 2017

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In locating a collector car auction the auction companies’ inducement is to put an auction in a place where car collectors want to gather. That involves finding venues where there are attractions that appeal to collectors, where like-minded souls want to congregate with friends, where the accommodations and settings are friendly, with good food and […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Place Vauban, Paris February 8, 2017

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RM Sotheby’s kicked off the auctions in Paris during Rétromobile this year with a Wednesday evening sale of 77 lots. Pre-sale highlights included a Ferrari 275 GTB and 365 GTB/4 Daytona with period performance modifications, an Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 Monoposto, the first Porsche 917/10 and a Porsche 959 Sport. Also scattered under the […]

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Russo and Steele, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Scottsdale, Arizona January 18-22, 2017

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Russo and Steele in 2017 made a long-awaited move some five years in the making to the Salt River Fields adjacent to the Loop 101 highway. It was vastly successful, with room for more cars, better access, excellent visibility and largely free of the scrub brush and prickly things that made the area surrounding the […]

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