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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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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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