Category archives: Auctions

Catalogs create excitement for Arizona Car Week auctions

Big rear wing marks Mercedes 190 E Evo | RM Sotheby's photos by Robin  Adams
Big rear wing marks Mercedes 190 E Evo | RM Sotheby’s photos by Robin Adams

Every time I see her, Nicole James of our staff asks me if I’m excited about Arizona Car Week. The auctions, concours and social events affiliated with them are all new to an eager 20-something, so I play the old been-there/done-that curmudgeon and usually grumble something about a week of lost sleep. Continue reading

Jim’s gems at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction

Amazing drag racing vehicles are crossing the block at Mecum's Kissimmee auction | Jim McCraw photos
Amazing drag racing vehicles are crossing the block at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction | Jim McCraw photos

To experience this collector car auction, the world’s largest, you would really need to stick around in central Florida’s sunshine for about 10 days, eat three or four meals daily, shoot about a thousand photos, and try to comprehend its sheer size and scope.

The 2017 version of the Mecum Kissimmee auction brought three fabulous collections into the spotlight: the Williams collection, the Jackee and Gary Runyon collection, and the Don Fezell collection, each containing some of the most historic and sought-after muscle cars and drag race cars of the 1960s. Continue reading

Pre-war cars supercharge Bonhams’ Scottsdale docket

Erdmann & Rossi crafted coachwork for this 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 sports tourer | Bonhams photos
Erdmann & Rossi crafted coachwork for this 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 sports tourer | Bonhams photos

Owners have consigned two famed and supercharged pre-war cars to Bonhams’ sixth annual Scottsdale auction. A 1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 26/120/180 sports tourer with coachwork by Erdmann & Rossi and a Zagato-bodied 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 gran sport spider have been added to the docket for the sale scheduled for January 19 at the Westin Kierland resort. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 4 – Records set at Monterey auctions

Le Mans-winning D-type Jaguar sets record for highest auction price paid for a British car | Larry Edsall photos
Le Mans-winning D-type Jaguar sets record for highest auction price paid for a British car | Larry Edsall photos

Most of the headlines back in August pointed out that the combined sales total of the various auctions held on California’s Monterey Peninsula were down this year, and not just for 2016 but for the second year in a row! The sky is falling, some Chicken Littles fretted.

But what those headlines and those fretting chickens overlooked was the fact that all-time public-auction records were set within just a few days for American, British, French and pre-war vehicles: Continue reading

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, 58 cars from Orin Smith collection join RM Sotheby’s docket for Amelia Island sale

Some of the 58-car Orin Smith collection headed to Amelia Island auction | RM Sotheby's photo by Darin Schnabel
Some of the 58-car Orin Smith collection headed to Amelia Island auction | RM Sotheby’s photo by Darin Schnabel

The consignment of a 58-car private collection has led RM Sotheby’s to expand its 19th annual Amelia Island auction to two days, March 10 and 11, 2017, instead of its customary one-day sale, the auction house announced Tuesday.

The company also said that in addition to the 58 cars from the collection of the late Orin Smith, the Florida sale will include a rare 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, a car RM Sotheby’s says is “one of the most valuable cars ever presented during the Amelia Island weekend.” Continue reading

Lots to choose at 2,000 Wheels auction

Auction docket includes this replica of a 1942 Alfa Romeo 412 Spider Vignale | RM Sotheby's photo
Auction docket includes this replica of a 1942 Alfa Romeo 412 Spider Vignale | RM Sotheby’s photo

2,000 Wheels has the sound of a Mecum Auctions mega event. All at no reserve sounds more like Barrett-Jackson. But , which is Italian for 2,000 Wheels, is an auction scheduled for November 25-27 by RM Sotheby’s, which says this sale will be the largest of a single private collection in European history. Continue reading

What Andy likes at Auction America’s Hilton Head auction

Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos
Some of the diverse lineup of collector cars at the Hilton Head auction | Andy Reid photos

This marks the second year for the Auctions America Hilton Head auction held as part of the Hilton Head Motoring Festival.  Just as last year’s, this sale literally has something for every kind of collector regardless of interest.

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Window shopping with Nicole: Star cars and over-the-top builds at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

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Row of classic Mustangs at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas | Matthew Fink photos

The docket for the ninth annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction is nothing short of alluring vehicles that are just as over the top, iconic and glamourous as Sin City itself. I felt like a kid in a candy store as I bounced around the rows of consignments in awe of the glittering paint, shining chrome and wild designs held within the convention center of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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What Bill likes best at the Mecum Chicago Auction

The crowd mills around the vehicles offered at Mecum's Chicago auction | Mecum Auctions
The crowd mills around the vehicles offered at Mecum’s Chicago auction | Mecum Auctions

The fun of a Mecum Auction is that there is something for everyone. Classics, trucks, rods, sports cars, exotics, they all cross the block about once a month wherever the next Mecum auction is held. In this case, it’s the annual Mecum Chicago Auction at the Schaumberg Renaissance Convention Center, ending today after a three-day sale.

For a collector car fan, it’s like a great, big candy store. So in choosing my favorites from the massive Mecum catalog, I placed some parameters on my choices. Continue reading

Art insider looks in, and buys in, to collector car world

Kenny Schachter bought this 1961 Alfa Spider at RM Sotheby's London sale | RM Sotheby's photo by Cymon Taylor
Kenny Schachter bought this 1961 Alfa Spider at RM Sotheby’s London sale | RM Sotheby’s photo by Cymon Taylor

The New York Times referred to Kenny Schachter as an artist/lawyer/roving curator. For more than 20 years, he has been a curator of contemporary art exhibits for museums and galleries. He teaches art history at the graduate-degree level and his own art has been featured in several one-person exhibits. He also writes for artnet.com, which recently published his two-part ‘Dealer Diary: Of Art & Cars,’ and apparently splits his time between New York and London.

I found his art-world perspective on the classic car hobby fascinating and thought you might be interested in what he has to say: Continue reading