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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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Not this year.

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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Gooding & Company, Fashion Square, Scottsdale, January 18-19, 2019

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With two sessions, 124 lots, 106 sold, 85.5% sell through and $48.4 million changing hands, Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale auctions were a solid success. Gooding did better than its counterparts, particularly Bonhams, at moving some of its seven-figure headline cars in Scottsdale. Of twelve lots with pre-sale low estimates of $1 million or more, seven […]

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Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld, Scottsdale, January 12-20, 2019

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Barrett-Jackson’s annual crowdfest at WestWorld in Scottsdale is amazing, and it seems to grow more amazing every year. The shear masses of people walking through the gates to confront the array of sponsors, vendors and exhibitors – a gauntlet to be run every day just to get to the auction cars – is startling. The […]

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Bonhams, Scottsdale, January 17, 2019

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Bonhams assembled an attractive and diverse docket to their Scottsdale auction at the Westin Kierland. There were plenty of lots that even the most jaded onlookers found intriguing and, as the numbers below account, they weren’t for the most part exotic or expensive. But it also proved to foreshadow an issue that would be recounted […]

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Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, January 16, 2019

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Worldwide Auctioneers brought an unusually varied docket to their Scottsdale auction which kicks off the succession of auctions in parallel with Barrett-Jackson. Older cars were particularly prevalent, both in the sense of their age and in regard to their aged appearance. Barn finds? Absolutely, but also several unrestored or repainted largely original pieces such as […]

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The 2018 Scottsdale Auctions

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The final results from the “Scottsdale” auctions have finally been published by the auction companies, added to the spreadsheet with the previous ten years’ results, chewed on a little and examined for potential messages in the tea leaves at the bottom of the Scottsdale cup. Looking back over the last decade of Scottsdale auctions 2018 […]

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Russo and Steele, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Scottsdale, Arizona January 18-22, 2017

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Russo and Steele in 2017 made a long-awaited move some five years in the making to the Salt River Fields adjacent to the Loop 101 highway. It was vastly successful, with room for more cars, better access, excellent visibility and largely free of the scrub brush and prickly things that made the area surrounding the […]

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