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Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld, Scottsdale, January 11-20, 2020

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There’s a big gorilla in Scottsdale. It’s called Barrett-Jackson. The 2020 total not only was the best of all the Scottsdale auctions, it was the only one that increased from 2019 and it was Barrett-Jackson’s highest total ever. That’s in a year that’s showing modest but consistent declines from 12 months ago. Is there something […]

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Leake Auctions, Salt River Fields, Scottsdale, January 16-19, 2020

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Leake Auctions, claiming to be the oldest established collector car auction in the U.S., arrived in Scottsdale in 2020 after years in Oklahoma and Texas. But this is not the old Leake Auctions led by Richard and Nancy Sevenoaks. This is the new Leake Auctions led by Gary and Muffy Bennett and backed by the […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Arizona Biltmore, January 17, 2020

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RM Sotheby’s experienced the same paradigm shift as most of the other Arizona auctions, a shortage of expensive cars and a general shift to more accessible consignments. The median transaction was the lowest since 2011; the average sale was the lowest since 2012 which also marked the last time RM had a total sale this […]

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Gooding & Company, Fashion Square, Scottsdale, January 17-18, 2020

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Gooding & Company had the top sale of the Arizona auction week, Ferrari F50 sold for $3,222,500. Gooding sold eight lots on hammer bids of $1 million or more and missed on only one 7-figure car. That sounds impressive, but in fact the average and median sale values, not to mention the two-day total of […]

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Bonhams, Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, January 18, 2020

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It’s tough to put up big auction numbers when there are only a few 7- or 8-figure cars and in Bonhams case at Scottsdale this year there were only two, of which one sold. That was a Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Cabriolet s/n 0159E. The no-sale was more consequential, 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Figoni […]

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Scottsdale and Paris 2020 Auctions

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While this belated report on the overall Scottsdale auctions was caused by the proximity of the three Paris auctions it also is an opportunity to put both of them in perspective. The numbers are a good place to start: Year Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Average Sale Median Sale Total $ Change Exchange Rate Scottsdale […]

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Bonhams, Bond Street, London, December 7, 2019

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December 7, 1941 is, “a date which will live in infamy” and while that may also seem to be true for Bonhams December 7, 2019 auction at their New Bond Street headquarters the result there has prior parallels for this venue that makes it less of a bellwether than it might seem. In any event, […]

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Bonhams, Goodwood Revival, September 14, 2019

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Andrew Newton went to Goodwood for the Revival this year, his first time there. He said, “Goodwood itself was fantastic, certainly the best and most fun car event I’ve ever been to.” So, there. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. The auction was, as things go in 2019, as successful as […]

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RM Auctions, Hershey, October 10-11, 2019

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RM’s Hershey auction is a celebration of old cars, an event ideally positioned at the home of the Antique Automobile Club of America and its annual show and legendary swap meet. I didn’t go this year due to a conflict (my wife had cataract surgery on Wednesday) but Jose Martinez and Megan Boyd ably filled […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Taj Ma Garaj, Dayton, Ohio, September 28, 2019

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Well, we’re a little late with this auction report. It got backed up with a succession of sales with more cars, but doesn’t deserve to be overlooked. Taj Ma Garaj was John Dixon’s passion, reflecting both his love of all things Porsche and also his inimitable if not unique desire to express his vision of […]

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