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RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, August 15-17, 2019

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RM Sotheby’s added a Thursday session for 34 Aston Martins, bringing their total consignment to 184 lots from last year’s 150. 64.7% of the Astons sold, not bolstering RM’s eventual 72.8% sell-through. But it was the Saturday appearance of the vaunted Porsche Type 64 (actually a modified Kraft durch Freude Wagen (the VW predecessor) Porsche […]

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Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, August 16-17, 2019

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Like the other Monterey auctions Gooding & Co. ran up against a wall of indifference in 2019. The first challenge was consignors’ indifference. Not that there weren’t some great cars on offer at The Pebble Beach Auction, there were and as always displayed to advantage in Gooding’s spacious marquees. The issue was that none of […]

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Bonhams, Quail Lodge, August 15-16, 2019

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More is not Better Bonhams crammed 219 cars into its Quail Lodge location in 2019, 62% more lots in exactly the same space at a sale where when Bonhams previously has expanded to two days it has been to feature a high-profile collection. They were cheek by jowl tight. The Maserati Bora lost its right […]

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RM Sotheby's 1994 McLaren F1 (LM Specs), Monterey's top sale.

The 2019 Monterey Auctions

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By now it’s pretty well-known that the collector car auctions in Monterey were off by nearly a third from last year. It’s taken some time to get consistent results from the auction companies, then to put them into a coherent presentation that is comparable with prior years. The week itself was a marathon culminating in […]

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Barrett-Jackson Northeast, Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort, June 27-29, 2019

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With 548 vehicles crossing the block at Barrett-Jackson’s fourth annual auction at the Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut it is reasonable to infer there’s lots of fodder for collector car auction reports. That was hardly the case in 2019 (or, for that matter, in prior years.) First, let’s consider what a “collector […]

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Bonhams, Festival of Speed, Goodwood, July 5, 2019 (Updated July 19)

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Since no one in his or her right mind who loves cars needs an excuse to attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed the FoS is more like an excuse to attend Bonhams auction. This is never a big auction, more like a place for the right crowd to gather away from the sensory overload of […]

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