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RM Auctions, Open Roads, February, February 26-28, 2021

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RM once again demonstrated the efficiency, efficacy and flexibility of its Online Only platform by conducting a three-day auction in three different currencies, Euros, Dollars and Swiss Francs. Looking at the success of Open Roads, February it is instructive to think back almost exactly a year to Amelia Island where the awful consequences of the […]

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Bonhams “Legends of the Road” February 19, 2021

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Bonhams “Legends of the Road” auction is a prime example of the flexibility and effectiveness of “pop-up” auctions in the CoViD era. There were only six lots, but several were exceptional and all had good stories to tell about collecting, preserving and driving. Bonhams, to their credit, produced a full printed and distributed catalog, something […]

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RM Sotheby’s, “Paris” Online, February 13, 2021

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With Rétromobile CoViD displaced to June, the Rétromobile week auctions were left to their own devices. RM Sotheby’s chose to rely on their established and efficient Online format with a 40-lot sale (plus automobilia). The cars were scattered across the Continent and the U.K., the later now formally divorced from the EU with all kinds […]

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Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, January 7-16, 2021

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In the middle of a CoViD-19 resurgence Mecum Auctions went to Kissimmee for its annual extravaganza. Thousands of cars, thousands of people (although a lot fewer thousands than in 2020), live bidding and on-site previews. It was the Mecum auction formula, lightened up to cope with a pandemic. And it worked. Oh, how well it […]

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Gooding & Company, European Sporting & Historic Collection, London, Geared Online, February 5, 2021

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There were only nine lots in Gooding & Company’s February 5 “Geared Online” auction, styled the “European Sporting & Historic Collection”, but they were all very special lots. Whether it’s “Geared Online” from Gooding or “Online Only” from RM Sotheby’s the online format that CoViD has promoted lends itself to tightly structured limited consignment offerings. […]

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Artcurial Motorcars, Parisienne, February 5, 2021

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The annual pilgrimage to Paris, winter weather be damned, was put off this year by CoViD. The gigantic Rétromobile show months ago postponed to June 2-6 hoping to catch the CoViD slipstream – a hope that is increasingly ephemeral. The auctions that orbit Rétromobile from Artcurial Motorcars, Bonhams and RM Sotheby’s were left to follow […]

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