Category archives: Auctions

Mecum plows up $3.7 million at first 2017 Gone Farmin’ auction

A vintage John Deere rolls onto the block at Gone Farmin' auction | Mecum Auctions photos
A vintage John Deere rolls onto the block at the Gone Farmin’ auction | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division generated nearly $3.7 million in sales with a 93 percent sell-through rate at its first auction of the season, the Spring Classic at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa. Continue reading

Not fake news: Trump’s Ferrari soars at Auctions America sale

The Ferrari F430 F1 originally owned by Donald Trump crosses the block | Auctions America photos
The Ferrari F430 F1 originally owned by Donald Trump crosses the block | Auctions America photos

A low-mileage 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 coupe formerly owned by the President of the United States received a major Trump bump at auction last weekend. Auctions America sold the Ferrari, along with its vehicle title bearing the name Donald J. Trump, for $270,000, about $100,000 above its non-celebrity value, during the annual auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The President’s Ferrari landed in fifth place among the highest-selling cars at the auction, which reached $17.3 million in sales, with 76 percent of more than 400 vehicles sold. Continue reading

McDorman collection headed to Mecum’s Indy auction

1962 Chevrolet Corvette from the McDorman collection | Mecum Auctions photos
1962 Chevrolet Corvette from the McDorman collection | Mecum Auctions photos

Forty-two cars, a Wells Fargo stagecoach, three customized golf carts and an amazing assortment of Road Art from the Bob McDorman collection will be offered at Dana Mecum’s 30th annual Original Spring Classic auction scheduled for May 16-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

McDorman was well-known in central Ohio and beyond for his long-time Chevrolet dealership ownership and for his collection of primarily Chevrolet vehicles, especially Corvettes. He had been enshrined in both the Bloomington Gold Great Hall and the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame. Continue reading

Ferrari trio highlights H&H Classics’ War Museum auction

1958 Ferrari PF coupe rebodied as a California Spider | H&H Classics photos
1958 Ferrari PF coupe rebodied as a California Spider | H&H Classics photos

Three Ferraris formed the focal point for H&H Classics’ Duxford auction at Britain’s Imperial War Museum this week. The auction, with 121 cars on its docket, generated sales of £4.4 million ($5.51 million).

But of particular note were a 1958 Ferrari 250GT PF coupe that had been rebodied as a LWB California Spider; a 2001 Ferrari 360 Spider formerly owned by soccer star David Beckham; and a 1964 Ferrari 330GT Nembo Spider from the estate of Richard Allen and being sold to benefit the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service. Continue reading

Williams collection joins Leake docket for Dallas auction

1962 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is among the cars from the David and Laura Williams collection going to auction | Leake Auction photos
1962 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is among the cars from the David and Laura Williams collection going to auction | Leake Auction photos

The story goes that in 1995, David Williams bought an orange Ford Mustang Mach 1, made a “for sale” sign and sat on a street corner. The car sold quickly and a business was born.

Two decades later, Fast Lane Classic Cars has a four-building campus in St. Charles, Missouri, just northwest of St. Louis, and more than 40 cars from the David and Laura Williams collection have been consigned at no reserve to Leake Auction Company’s Dallas Spring sale scheduled for April 21-23. Continue reading

Mecum scores $7.3 million in sales at Kansas City auction

A Ford Thunderbird crosses the block during the Kansas City sale | Mecum Auctions photos
A Ford Thunderbird crosses the block during the Kansas City sale | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions hit $7.3 million during its two-day sale in Kansas City, Missouri, this past weekend, with 309 vehicles sold as were 74 pieces of road art. The auction offered a total of 491 vehicles with 63 percent of them sold. Continue reading

Dragonsnake, Monical cars lead Worldwide’s Arlington auction

This 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra 'Dragonsnake' was independently built but is officially recognized | Worldwide Auctioneers photos
This 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra ‘Dragonsnake’ was independently built but is officially recognized | Worldwide Auctioneers photos

Cars built and collected by Texans highlight Worldwide Auctioneers’ 16th annual Texas auction, which moves to a new venue for its April 21-22 sale. Instead of the Houston area, the Texas Classic Auction will be held at the Arlington Convention Center between Dallas and Fort Worth.

The move coincides with the location for the sixth annual Concours d’Elegance of Texas, scheduled for April 23. Continue reading

‘Top-down fun’ offered by Barrett-Jackson at Palm Beach sale

A featured car is the 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR originally owned by actor Lee Marvin | Barrett-Jackson photos
A featured car is the 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR originally owned by actor Lee Marvin | Barrett-Jackson photos

Barrett-Jackson holds four auctions every year and each one has its own character, with certain types of collector cars hitting the spot among bidders and spectators depending on the venue.

At the Palm Beach, Florida, auction, the focus is on convertibles, popular in the relaxed atmosphere for cruising along the coastline. The upcoming sale in West Palm Beach, which takes place April 6-8, has stocked a boatload of open-air pleasure craft among about 500 collector cars that will cross the block, all of them at no reserve. Continue reading

Forget barn-found, Bonhams lands castle cache for Spa sale

A trove of collector cars discovered at a Swiss schloss | Bonhams photos
A trove of collector cars discovered at a Swiss schloss | Bonhams photos

If “barn finds” are the holy grails of the collector car hobby, Bonhams wonders how it should describe a dozen cars discovered within a Swiss schloss, or castle, and now on the docket for Bonhams Spa Classic auction scheduled for May 21 at the Spa-Francorchamps racing circuit in Belgium.

The cars, including a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, will be sold at no reserve; high bid takes each of them home. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s reveals more Villa Erba auction stars

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 17509 GS Spider figures to among highest-dollar sales at Villa Erba | RM Sotheby's photo by Tim Scott
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 17509 GS Spider figures to among highest-dollar sales at Villa Erba | RM Sotheby’s photos by Tim Scott

At the recent Retromobile collector car celebration in Paris, RM Sotheby’s displayed the Figoni et Falaschi-bodied 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS “Goute d’Eau” coupe that will star at the auction house’s Villa Erba sale May 27. Now, it has revealed two more star cars for the auction, which takes place in conjunction with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, Italy. Continue reading