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Mecum Auctions, Houston, April 8-10, 2021

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83.21% Sale Rate. That’s probably all that’s necessary to say about Mecum’s latest iteration of its Houston auction venue. The overall sale total was modest, but even that is impressive in light of Mecum having held the 2020 Houston sale at a postponed December date, five months ago. What is important to note is that […]

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Bonhams, Supercars on Sunset, April 10, 2021

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At first glance this appeared to be a smashing good idea: Gather a selective consignment of low mileage, late model, expensive high performance cars at a receptive and attractive venue. Bonhams leveraged the exclusivity by applying a reduced flat 8% buyer’s commission rate that reflected the six- and seven-figure pre-sale estimates. The late model high […]

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The Branson Auction, April 16-17, 2021

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Branson Spring was six weeks after my second Coronavirus vaccination shot. After thirteen months huddled in front of computer screens viewing virtual auctions the trip was liberating. It wasn’t without trepidation that I set out, but Logan Airport in Boston was calm and organized. Masks were universal, if negligently worn by some. The American Airlines […]

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Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale 2021, March 23-27, 2021

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This report is updated with full auction results and changes to some of the transactions. Don’t let something like Covid-19 interfere with a long-standing tradition like Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction. Just push it back two months as Covid-fatigue and vaccinations of older Americans (B-J’s primary market) opens up the gates to WestWorld for bidders and spectators. […]

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RM Auctions, Online Only, Open Roads, March 24-25, 2021

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RM Auctions is accelerating its Online Only auctions, on a path to conduct one a month in early 2021 between Scottsdale’s Live/Online auction and the upcoming late May Amelia Island auction. Expect more Online Only auctions between Amelia and Monterey. Recent RM Online Only auctions have introduced a new wrinkle: Auctions conducted in multiple currencies. […]

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Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde á Paris, March 10, 2021

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No, it wasn’t at the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, it wasn’t during Rétromobile, nor in fact was it even in France. Les Grandes Marques du Monde á Paris was literally aethereal and online only. It also didn’t share the usual exceptional collection of rare, valuable and famous European cars and obscure French marques and models […]

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