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RM Sotheby’s, Online Only: Open Roads, The European Summer Sale July 14-22, 2020

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RM Sotheby’s is gobbling up the online space for major auctions. They hit the ground running with the quickly restructured RM Auctions Palm Beach auction, followed up two months later with a late May Online Only presentation, then in quick succession did a remarkably successful European sale on June 11, this European Summer auction and […]

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RM Sotheby’s Online Only: The European Sale

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June 3-11, 2020 Featuring the Petitjean Collection This was RM Sotheby’s third online only auction, succeeding its canceled second annual auction at Techno Classica Essen in Germany. The feature was the 96 cars from La Collection Petitjean, all offered at no reserve after decades of static storage and, as it turned out, indifferent cosmetic attention […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, March 6-7, 2020

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The End of the Beginning We didn’t know it at the time, but RM’s last session of its two-day Amelia Island auction at the Ritz Carlton marked the beginning of the end of live collector car auctions in 2020, at least until the so-called novel coronavirus (designated “2019-nCoV” by the WHO, distinct from the acute […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Place Vauban, Paris, February 5, 2020

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RM Sotheby’s left some $14 million on the table with just three lots this year (Jaguar D-type XKD 520, Daytona Spider 15535 and the Batmobile-ish Lamborghini Veneno that is not reported here but brought a reported high bid of $4,347,370 and had kids barely old enough to shave fawning over it in the preview), carving […]

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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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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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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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RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, August 15-17, 2019

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RM Sotheby’s added a Thursday session for 34 Aston Martins, bringing their total consignment to 184 lots from last year’s 150. 64.7% of the Astons sold, not bolstering RM’s eventual 72.8% sell-through. But it was the Saturday appearance of the vaunted Porsche Type 64 (actually a modified Kraft durch Freude Wagen (the VW predecessor) Porsche […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Fred Guyton Collection, St. Louis, Missouri, May 4-5, 2019

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RM Sotheby’s sale of Fred Guyton’s collection in St. Louis was the second time in two weeks that a large collection was sold out to the bare walls. The collections were markedly different in concept from last week’s sale of engineer Frank Spain’s Tupelo Automobile Museum. Fred Guyton was an architect with, based upon the […]

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RM Sotheby’s, Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, March 8-9, 2019

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RM Sotheby’s went back to a 2-day format this year and was aided by benign North Florida weather, unlike last year when the Concours pulled forward a day to avoid a predicted Sunday deluge. The sale featured several cars from the Youngtimer Collection of late model, low miles, original cars. This followed RM Sotheby’s success […]

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