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BonhamsBondStreet2020_119_Lola_1965_T70 Mk II_Spyder_SL7119__900

Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, December 16, 2020

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Missing from Bonhams annual season-ending London auction at its New Bond Street headquarters was one single crucial element: a seven-figure car. They had an Aston Martin DB5 and its successor, a DB6 Vantage Volante. They had a Bentley R-Type Continental H.J. Mulliner fastback, all bid to strong six-figure amounts but all also failed to find […]

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MecumHouston2020_IMG8481_S209_Lincoln_1956_Continental MkII_Hardtop_C56A1799__900

Mecum Auctions, Houston, December 4-5, 2020

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Yes, that says “December”. Mecum’s regular Houston dates are in April, but April 2020 was not like most Aprils and the regularly scheduled Mecum Houston auction got caught up in the Covid onslaught. Fortunately, though, there was availability at Houston’s NRG Center in December and Mecum Auctions took advantage of it. Unlike prior Mecum Houston […]

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RM London Online 103120_183_Fiat_1980_131 Abarth_Rally Sedan_0388232_Remi Dargegen_900

RM Sotheby’s, Online Only, London, October 31, 2020

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RM has been doing its fall London sale since before it was RM Sotheby’s. Held at Battersea since 2007 and at Olympia last year it’s bounced back and forth between late October and early September, but this was the first “Online Only” auction within RM’s London franchise. I should probably have reported this October 31 […]

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RM Online North America 112020_2022_Mercedes-Benz_1931_370 S_Sport Cabriolet_U87058_Courtney Frisk_900

RM Sotheby’s Online Only Open Roads North America, November 11-20, 2020

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RM Sotheby’s continued its series of Online Only auctions with Open Roads North America November 11-20, 2020 bringing its enhanced series of Covid-19 fighting Online Only auctions to seven in 2020. RM reported total sales of $5,024,670 and an overall sell-through of 89% including a vast array of primarily Ferrari-related memorabilia, factory manuals, sales brochures, […]

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RM Elkhart 102420_2256_Jaguar_1957_XKSS Continuation_Roadster_XKSS77521_Darin Schnabel_900

RM Sotheby’s, The Elkhart Collection, Elkhart, Indiana, October 23-24, 2020

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The Elkhart Collection had some exceptional vehicles. A small fortune had been spent on maintaining them. Many were competition cars, for the most part presented in apparently race-ready condition. And each lot in the sale represented a personal tragedy for some innocent entrepreneur, religious group, corporation or non-profit. The sale was held by order of […]

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Gooding Geared Online 103020 49 Maserati 1956 A6G~2000 Spider 2180_900

Gooding & Company, Geared Online, October 30, 2020

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Gooding & Company’s second “Geared Online” auction brought in a total just 64% of their first “Geared Online” sale in early August but still recorded a great result with three lots sold on bids over $1 million. The 7-figure cars accounted for 49.8% of the total changing hands and were 100% of the lots bid […]

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Bonhams London 103020_226_Fowler_1932_10hp B6_Showman's Road Locomotive The Lion_19782_900

Bonhams, London, October 30, 2020 There was no London to Brighton Veteran Car Run but the Spirit Lives

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CoViD claimed another victim when the 2020 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run was cancelled. That didn’t deter Bonhams from celebrating veteran and vintage cars (and a road locomotive) on October 30. Re-branded “The Golden Age of Motoring” there was a diverse consignment of vehicles dating from 1900 to 1939. Out of 34 lots offered, […]

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MecumDallas2020_IMG8275_F137.1_Lotus_1991_Esprit Jim Clark Edition_Coupe_SCCFC20BXMHF60194__900

Mecum Auctions, Dallas, Texas, October 15-17, 2020

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Mecum clings faithfully to a largely live auction format. Live bidders socially-distanced in the room. Live auctioneers on the block. A mix of phone and internet bidders but with a bid-spotter/ring person gesticulating and calling out loudly to claim precedence for remote bidders. It builds engagement and excitement like no “online only” auction can where […]

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BonhamsGoodwoodSpeedweek2020_Ferrari_1967_330 GTS_Spider_10113__900

Bonhams, Goodwood Speed Week, October 17, 2020

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No spectators. No fancy manufacturer exhibits. No posh entertainment. Few period costumes. This was not the usual Goodwood Revival. It was Goodwood for the participants, and it was a unique experience. Here’s what Chris Sharpe said: “Goodwood without any crowds whatsoever was a privilege beyond words. The history of the circuit is one thing but […]

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Bonhams Simeone 101120_355_Mercedes-Benz_1935_290_Cabriolet A_Engine No. 101829352_900

Bonhams, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Philadelphia, October 11, 2020

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Strategically positioned on the Sunday before Hershey Week, Bonhams auction at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum celebrates Dr. Fred Simeone’s philosophy of preserving and driving great cars. In 2020 there was no Hershey Week, but Bonhams went to Philadelphia anyway and presented a docket that included some simply marvelous old unrestored cars. None was more […]

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