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Bonhams at the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, November 3, 2017

Bonhams is the title sponsor of the Royal Automobile Club’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run held each year for cars built before January 1, 1905 in commemoration of the original Emancipation Run in 1896 when a self-propelled vehicle no longer had to be preceded by a walking person or constrained to a 4mph walking […]

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RM Sotheby’s ‘Duemila Route’, Milan, Italy, November 25-27, 2016

  [I just realized that this  2016 sale, an important event in the 2016 auction calendar, never got posted online. It is unfortunate not to document it and this is a make-good.] By all accounts what RM Sotheby’s did in Milan – while most Americans were digesting their Thanksgiving turkey and watching football games – […]

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The Auction Weekend at the Bothwell Ranch

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


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


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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