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Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, January -13, 2019 Part I: Acura-Ferrari

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I have some help with auction reporting these days, which is a Good Thing. But sometimes a Good Thing becomes a challenge, and that was true at Kissimmee this year where Jossan Elias and Andrew Newton added 135 observations. Combined we took advantage of the opportunity Mecum presents to give an early year cross-section of […]

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Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, November 15-17, 2018

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The numbers below describe a typical Mecum auction with a mid-$30’s average and mid-$20s median. Missing from that picture are the 39 cars from the Academy of Art University collection, a paltry 4 ½% of the lots offered that has an outsized position on Mecum Auction’s ambitions. 26 of the 39 offered from the collection […]

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Mecum Auctions, Dallas, October 3-6, 2018

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Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Since securing the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in 2012 to enter the Dallas-Ft. Worth market Mecum Auctions has built – as they seem consistently to be able to do – a steady four-day presence with 1,000+ lots on offer. Their calendar record hasn’t been as steady, with five of […]

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Mecum Auctions, Monterey, August 23-25, 2018

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Mecum Auctions has been in Monterey now for a decade, growing from a $14.2 million sale in 2009 to this year’s $45.7 million with a peak sale in 2016 of $50.9 million. They’re an important part of the Monterey car week scenery now, drawing a huge crowd of spectators to the Del Monte Golf Course […]

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Mecum Auctions, Harrisburg, August 2-4, 2018

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Earlier this summer I observed in the Barrett-Jackson Northeast auction report that B-J has demonstrated that it is possible to hold a successful collector car in the Northeast, an area where many others have foundered over the years. And I’m here to add that so, too, has Mecum. After arriving in Harrisburg in 2014, they […]

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Mecum Auctions Spring Classic, Indianapolis, May 15-20, 2018

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Mecum Auctions’ signature sale is the Spring Classic. It’s traveled across mid-America since the Eighties, alighting in Indianapolis at the State Fairgrounds in 2008 with a four-day sale. In recent years the Spring Classic has been eclipsed by Mecum Auction’s magnum opus at Kissimmee in January. These two auctions define, in large part, the vast […]

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Mecum Auctions, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee, Florida, January 5-14, 2018

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It is doubtful that even the ever-optimistic Dana Mecum thought that Mecum Auctions’ 2010 venture into central Florida the week before the Scottsdale auctions would become in and of itself a celebration of collector cars. That first year there were 1,071 cars in Kissimmee. 701 were reported sold (65.5%) and a total of $26,161,356 changed […]

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Mecum Auctions, NRG Center, Houston, April 5-7, 2018

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Mecum Auctions has found a serendipitous environment in Houston near the vernal equinox, bringing truckloads of cars, and selling truckloads of them, too. This isn’t Monterey, or even Indianapolis. It’s Houston with a median transaction in the high $20,000s and an average in mid- to high-$30,000s. It’s mainstream American car collecting. Even the high transactions […]

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Mecum Auctions, Dallas, Texas, September 6-9, 2017

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Three weeks after Monterey Mecum Auctions set up in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas with an 846 vehicle auction. Dave Newhardt shoots cars for Mecum, and he spends his entire life on the road, a situation which this schedule puts in focus, not to mention the bazillion vehicles that cross Mecum Auctions’ […]

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Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, November 16-18, 2017

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Mecum Auctions knows how to identify opportunity. Mecum rolled into Las Vegas for the first time with a three-day sale November 16-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 887 vehicles were offered, 553 of them sold, a 62.3% sale rate, bringing a total of $22,204,275. That was an average transaction of $40,152 and a median […]

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