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The 2024 Monaco Auctions, May 9-11, 2024 – Artcurial, Bonhams and RM Sotheby’s

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Every two years the Auto Club of Monaco presents the Monaco GP Historique. The course is set up for the Monaco GP two weeks later with pits, paddock, grandstands and the track arranged for the GP but instead of Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc (congratulations Charles on your maiden hometown win) it’s old cars on […]

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Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, South Florida Fairgrounds, April18-20, 2024

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Palm Beach is Barrett-Jackson’s longest running auction outside Arizona, a continuing success that draws enthusiastic bidders, and droves of barely-informed tire kickers out for a day at the South Florida Fairgrounds to look at cars, not livestock. Barrett-Jackson’s search for viable venues not irrevocably seized by competing auction companies [from Wisconsin] continues with a Fall […]

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Mecum, NRG Center, Houston, April 4-6, 2024

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Visiting a Mecum auction like Houston is like taking a snapshot of the breadth and depth of the collector car market. Events like Scottsdale, Amelia and Monterey get most of the press attention for their seven- and even eight-figure cars. Everyone likes to read about them, their rarity, design, technical features and value. But at […]

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Gooding & Co. Mullin Collection, Oxnard, April 26,2024

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There’s a lot to break down from Gooding & Company’s auction of “Selections from the Mullin Collection” auction held onsite at the Mullin Museum in Oxnard. But there’s one glaring fact and that is that collectors’ appetite for great old cars, even the rusty restoration projects that made up much of this sale, is strong […]

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Gooding & Company, Amelia, February 29-March 1, 2024

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I’ve known David Gooding since he and Miles Morris were the public face of Christie’s collector car auctions, through the inception of RM Auctions and into the present day when Gooding & Company became the embodiment of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. I cataloged David’s sale of the “Mormon Meteor” and the Peter Williamson Bugattis, […]

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Broad Arrow, Amelia Island, March 1-2, 2024

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Broad Arrow made its mark at Amelia in its second year with more cars, better sell-through rate and more money, much more money, as in $25 million (83.8%) more. Now entering its third year following its emergence from a core group of former RM Sotheby’s specialists and executives, Broad Arrow has established itself as a […]

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Bonhams|Cars, Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach Golf Club. February 29, 2024

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I finally got and compiled the final results for Bonhams Amelia. They’re nothing to write home about with a sale total of $6.7 million and a 65.8% sale rate. The 27 lots that didn’t sell brought hammer bids of $8.1 million The top sale, however, was a marvelous reconstruction of the 15-litre 1904 Napier L48 […]

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RM Sotheby’s, ModaMiami, March 1-2, 2024

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Replaced by Hagerty’s Broad Arrow Auctions as the headline auction at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island in 2023, RM Sotheby’s retrenched with an auction in the Amelia woods last year then announced they would move to South Florida this year with a standalone auction and concours under the name ModaMiami. The setting was the classic […]

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Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, January 26, 2024

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Worldwide returned to Singh Meadows in Scottsdale for a one-day sale this year after skipping 2023. In 2021 during CoViD they had a “Scottsdale” auction at their home base in Auburn, Indiana making the last auction here in Arizona in 2022. 2024 was an ordinary sale for them here with a sale total in line […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Arizona Biltmore, January 25, 2024

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Fortunately I have help from a few of my friends…. I wedged my head firmly between my gluteus maximus muscles in Scottsdale and thought RM’s auction was the 26th, not the 25th. Arriving Friday morning I was greeted by … nothing automotive. Andrew Newton and Greg Ingold saved the day, in fact saved the week, […]

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