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RM Sotheby’s “ICONS”, New York, December 6, 2017

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RM Sotheby’s returned to Sotheby’s mother ship on York Avenue in New York City for its second time on December 6, 2017. 2013’s RM auction at Sotheby’s headquarters had been very successful, and the sale here in November of Michael Schumacher’s Monaco and Hungary winning F2001 Formula One car for an attention-getting $7.5 million just […]

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Mecum Auctions, Dallas, Texas, September 6-9, 2017

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Three weeks after Monterey Mecum Auctions set up in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas with an 846 vehicle auction. Dave Newhardt shoots cars for Mecum, and he spends his entire life on the road, a situation which this schedule puts in focus, not to mention the bazillion vehicles that cross Mecum Auctions’ […]

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Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, November 16-18, 2017

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Mecum Auctions knows how to identify opportunity. Mecum rolled into Las Vegas for the first time with a three-day sale November 16-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 887 vehicles were offered, 553 of them sold, a 62.3% sale rate, bringing a total of $22,204,275. That was an average transaction of $40,152 and a median […]

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Bonhams at the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, November 3, 2017

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Bonhams is the title sponsor of the Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run held each year for cars built before January 1, 1905 in commemoration of the original Emancipation Run in 1896 when a self-propelled vehicle no longer had to be preceded by a walking person or constrained to a 4mph walking […]

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RM Sotheby’s ‘Duemila Route’, Milan, Italy, November 25-27, 2016

  [I just realized that this  2016 sale, an important event in the 2016 auction calendar, never got posted online. It is unfortunate not to document it and this is a make-good.] By all accounts what RM Sotheby’s did in Milan – while most Americans were digesting their Thanksgiving turkey and watching football games – […]

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The Auction Weekend at the Bothwell Ranch

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Lindley and Ann Bothwell’s Bothwell Ranch is a fabled, quiet collection of automobiles secreted away among million dollar houses at Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley west of Los Angeles. Citrus groves once covered the Valley, but they are no more. Only the Bothwell Ranch remains, a carefully nurtured and preserved few acre oasis […]

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Barrett-Jackson, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, October 19-21, 2017

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Barely two weeks after Robert Paddock’s shooting rampage from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel Barrett-Jackson returned for its tenth annual auction at the hotel’s convention center. The resilience of the country, the city and car collectors is apparent from the results, the fourth highest in Barrett-Jackson’s history at this venue. A record […]

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Mecum Auctions, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, August 3-5, 2017

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This is a special case of seriously belated auction reporting. Mecum’s Harrisburg sale takes place two or three weeks before the start of the auction juggernaut that is Monterey. That’s not a long time. For the past three years Andy Newton has diligently journeyed to Harrisburg and written his observations of 70-80 cars, forwarding his […]

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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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