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Bonhams, Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Amelia Island, March 7, 2019

Bonhams auction at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club was very brassy, in the best way possible. Building on the Don C. Boulton Collection of 28 automobiles, Bonhams presented 27 cars from the Brass Era, 11 even older antiques and a total of 43 lots built before the Wall Street Crash of 1929, 39.8% of the […]

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Bonhams, Les Grandes Marques du Monde,Le Grand Palais, Paris, February 7, 2019

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First of all, the annual observation that Le Grand Palais is the most extraordinary, wonderful collector car auction venue in the world. The setting is epic and unlike the usual fabric-covered marquee or bland multi-purpose convention center ballroom the filigree of cast columns and arches, glass-paned roof and artfully-placed rivets is endlessly fascinating. Le Grand […]

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Artcurial Motorcars, Salon Retromobile, Paris, February 8, 2019

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Artcurial put on a 3-day auction at Salon Retromobile but the cars were all on Friday the eighth, and there all eyes were enthusiastically focused on a single lot. It was number 20 (unusually early in the order for a headliner, but there were many high profile cars to follow), the 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C […]

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Gooding & Company, Fashion Square, Scottsdale, January 18-19, 2019

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With two sessions, 124 lots, 106 sold, 85.5% sell through and $48.4 million changing hands, Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale auctions were a solid success. Gooding did better than its counterparts, particularly Bonhams, at moving some of its seven-figure headline cars in Scottsdale. Of twelve lots with pre-sale low estimates of $1 million or more, seven […]

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Mecum Kissimmee, January 3-13, 2019 Part 2

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The summary and introductory material was supplied two days ago with Part 1 and we’ll just go right to the additional 130 transaction reports and descriptions from Fiat through Willys. Onsite observations are by Andrew Newton, Jossan Elias and Rick Carey but I edited the final copy and am responsible for it. The sort order […]

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Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, January -13, 2019 Part I: Acura-Ferrari

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I have some help with auction reporting these days, which is a Good Thing. But sometimes a Good Thing becomes a challenge, and that was true at Kissimmee this year where Jossan Elias and Andrew Newton added 135 observations. Combined we took advantage of the opportunity Mecum presents to give an early year cross-section of […]

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