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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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Bonhams, London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, London, November 1, 2019

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Bonhams is the title sponsor for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and their auction on the Friday before the Run itself is part of the weekend’s celebration of British motoring’s Emancipation from the infamous Red Flag law in 1905. As the total sale figure of under $2 million shows, this isn’t much about […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Olympia London, October 24, 2019

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RM Sotheby’s moved both the date and the venue of its annual auction in London. The date slid 6 weeks later from the early September schedule of 2013-2018 while the venue moved to the Olympia exhibition and conference centre in Kensington. Neither seemed to have beneficial effect with the sale total the second lowest since […]

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Barrett-Jackson, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, October 3-5, 2019

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Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” And while that may be appropriate for a philosopher it has little import for astute business managers, or at least those with larger minds. Barrett-Jackson has made consistency at its Las Vegas venue into a successful business, bringing a wide assortment of […]

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