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Bonhams Audrain 100121_22_Mercedes-Benz_1955_300SL_Gullwing Coupe_1980405500128_900

Bonhams, Audrain Concours Auction, October 1, 2021

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Benefactor Nick Schorsch, CEO Donald Osborne and Museum Executive Director David DeMuzio, along with a pantheon of employees and volunteers spared no effort in bringing a world class concours d’elegance to Aquidneck Island and Newport, Rhode Island. After an auspicious debut in 2019 and an involuntary hiatus in 2020 the 2021 Audrain Motor Week and […]

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RM Sotheby’s, St. Moritz, September 17, 2021

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In conjunction with the Internationale St. Moritzer Automobilwochen “Boutique” sales have become a thing at RM Sotheby’s. RM Sotheby’s calendar of single-owner or topical auctions added another venue on September 17 with the 24-lot sale at the Kempinski Hotel in the fabled Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz. The venue’s preferred title is “Grand Hotel […]

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Mecum Dallas 091121_S136_Chevrolet_1969_Camaro Z~28_Sport Coupe_124379N632792_900

Mecum Auctions, Dallas, September 9-11, 2021

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Mecum Auctions’ Dallas appearance fluctuates between September and October, probably depending more upon the availability of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center than any other reason. This year’s thousand-car consignment is a return to track for this sale which has had over a thousand cars in all but two years (2017 and, for obvious reasons, […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Portola Plaza, Monterey, August 12-14, 2021

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RM Sotheby’s returned to their Monterey form in 2021, putting together a smaller consignment that overflowed with quality vehicles. RM fluctuates between two and three day auctions with the third day usually being a single collection or a themed consignment as in 2019 when the Thursday sale was all Aston Martin. This year the Thursday […]

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Mecum Monterey 081421_S092_Shelby_1967_Cobra 427 S~C_Roadster_CSX3045_900

Mecum Auctions, Del Monte Golf Course, August 12-14, 2021

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Mecum came off a lowball year in 2019 to score its highest sale total in the Monterey sale’s thirteen year history as well as the highest sell-through rate at 77%, 15 points higher that the best-ever performance in 2012. The seven-figure lots were equally impressive with sixteen lots bid to a million dollars or more […]

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Gooding PB 081421_036_Ferrari_1959_250 GT LWB_California Spider Competizione_1235GT_900

Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, August 13-14, 2021

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Gooding & Company came back strongly after the “Geared Online” auction they presented in lieu of their usual Pebble Beach auction in 2020. This was in many ways a typical Gooding auction with many transactions taking place at eye-popping prices and their McLaren F1 capturing the week’s top sale. Even million dollar lots did well. […]

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Bonhams Quail 081321_096_Riley_1934_MPH_Sports_44T2246_900

Bonhams, Quail Lodge, August 13, 2021 – A study in contrast

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Bonhams 2021 Quail Lodge auction was an unmitigated success. It is a sharp contrast with the online only 2020 auction and the used car lot auction they held here in 2019. The enhanced emphasis on quality consignments instead of number of “units” that characterized 2019 is apparent in the total changing hands, the average and […]

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The 2020/2021 Monterey Auctions

The 2021 Monterey auctions don’t stand alone and must be considered first with respect to the canceled 2020 Monterey Car Week and second in comparison with the notably weak 2019 auctions. With respect to 2020, there was a restrained but appreciative attitude among the auction companies, bidders and onlookers. It was a joy to be […]

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Mecum Orlando 073121_F095_Ford_1970_Mustang Boss 429_SportsRoof_0F02Z137153_900

Mecum Auctions, Orlando Summer Special, July 28-31, 2021

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Mecum Auctions never misses an opportunity. Having made a monster success of the auction at Kissimmee, Florida in January (the Anti-Scottsdale) they seized an opportunity to put on another auction in Orlando in August. Central Florida in August, however, is brutally hot and humid. Mecum’s solution was to secure the air conditioned Orlando Convention Center […]

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Bonhams, Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 9, 2021

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The only problem with doing this auction remotely is that it invites reviewing hours of professional video of the cars in the Festival of Speed, not in the Bonhams auction. A cagey conclusion: The Goodwood Festival of Speed in July or the Goodwood Revival in September are events no one who loves competition cars should […]

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