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Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, September 2, 2017

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It’s one thing for RM Sotheby’s/Auctions America or Bonhams to pull off two auctions within two weeks. They have staff in abundance. It’s quite something else for Worldwide to do it even moving back into the familiar surroundings of the L-29 Assembly Building at NATMUS in Auburn. But, do it they did, transitioning from the […]

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Auctions America, Auburn Fall, September 1-3, 2017

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Auburn Fall was rife with rumors about the impending absorption of Auctions America into the burgeoning fold of RM Sotheby’s. The inference made sense after RM’s assumption of the title organization at Santa Monica in June. By now we know that’s exactly what was taking place after the official announcement on October 13. The separation […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania, October 5-6, 2017

  The appeal of coming to Hershey for RM Sotheby’s annual auction has many aspects. Hershey in early October is (when it doesn’t rain and isn’t cold) beautiful, with clear blue skies, gentle breezes and soft, succulent evenings. The AACA Fall Meet and its vast swap meet draws collectors, restorers and the plainly curious from […]

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Bonhams, Simeone Foundation Museum, Philadelphia, October 2, 2017

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  There are many good reasons to come to Philadelphia for Bonhams auction at the Simeone Foundation Museum the Monday before Hershey. First is the really intriguing consignment of cars that Bonhams assembles here every year. Many of them are in the spirit of Dr. Fred Simeone’s collection which comprises many rare, unrestored competition sports […]

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Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove Golf Links, Pacific Grove, California, August 17, 2017

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Rod Egan’s and John Kruse’s Worldwide Auctioneers established a beachhead on the Monterey Peninsula this year, taking an early position on the now only four-day schedule with a Thursday afternoon date. Pacific Grove is Worldwide’s second new venue this year after entering the fray in Scottsdale in January. Pacific Grove came only two weeks before […]

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Russo and Steele, Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, August 17-19, 2017

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Last year I got in trouble with Russo and Steele’s impresario, Drew Alcazar, for complimenting him and the Russo and Steele team on establishing a record Monterey total sale. Maybe the compliment was a little awkwardly worded, but it was sincerely meant. That mistake will not be repeated in 2017 with a total sale that […]

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Mecum Auctions, Del Monte Golf Course, Monterey, August 16-19, 2017

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Mecum Auctions has become an integral part of the Monterey Car Week and auction calendar since arriving on the peninsula in 2009. Mecum puts together the most welcoming and inclusive auction of the week, with rows of affordable cars and a fast-paced, TV-driven presentation that invites participation with its openness and accessible consignment. It’s the […]

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Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, August 18-19, 2017

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The big news going into the Monterey auction week was Gooding & Company’s decision to change its days from Saturday-Sunday to Friday-Saturday. The big news coming out of the week was Gooding & Company’s dramatic drop in its total sale, $91.5 million, down 29.5% from 2016’s $129.8 million and its lowest overall sale total since […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, August 18-19, 2017

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RM Sotheby’s found itself back in a tent in Portola Plaza again this year as the Convention Center reconstruction remained incomplete. And it wasn’t the same tent as last year. That one was damaged beyond expedient repair just a week before setup began and another had to be substituted. The area was the same but […]

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Bonhams, Quail Lodge, August 18, 2017

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2017 was Bonhams most successful Quail Lodge auction. The 2014 Thursday auction of the Maranello Rosso cars, including Ferrari 250 GTO s/n 3851GT, is treated as a separate event, a Black Swan. This year’s sale was highlighted by a road-legal McLaren F1 that brought a curve-setting price of $15,620,000, but there were nine other cars […]

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