Category archives: Auctions

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

Museums: Cars and coffees — and memories

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August Cars and Coffee at Blackhawk museum | Blackhawk photos

The Blackhawk Museum’s Cars and Coffee from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. this Sunday will honor the memory of Craig Andrews, a regular Cars and Coffee participant with his black 2014 Corvette and supporter of the museum’s children’s education programs. In his memory, the museum in Danville, California, will extend complimentary tickets to all participating car owners. The museum opens at 9 a.m.

The AACA Museum opens a newly renovated Route 66 exhibit in the main gallery on October 5 during its “Night at the Museum” event. Food and cocktails are available with a Route 66 flair along with a silent auction, entertainment and automotive artist gallery. Wayne Carini, host of Chasing Classic Cars, presents “A Collector Car Conversation” with car collector Ralph Marano and moderator Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island concours.

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RM Sotheby’s reveals ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ collection for Italian sale

Some of the more than 430 cars to be offered at no reserve at the Duemila Ruote auction | RM Sotheby's photos
Some of the more than 430 cars to be offered at no reserve at the Duemila Ruote auction | RM Sotheby’s photos

Earlier this month at its auction in London, RM Sotheby’s announced an addition to its 2016 sales calendar, the offering of a large private collection to be held this fall in northern Italy. Wednesday, the auction house shared details of what it is calling the “Duemila Ruote,” the sale of 2,000 Wheels,  which it says is the largest automotive-themed private collection sale ever in Europe.

The sale will include more than 430 cars, 150 motorcycles, 60 boats, and hundreds of bicycles and items of automobilia — all offered without reserve. The sale, which also will include several bobsleds, will be held the weekend of November 25 in Milan in conjunction with the Milano AutoClassica — the Classic & Sports Car Show. Continue reading

At auction today: One collector’s Cadillacs, and more

Water spots the 1939 Cadillac Series 90 V16 5-passenger coupe that is part of Doug Houston's collection | Larry Edsall photos
Leak in roof left water streaks on the 1939 Cadillac Series 90 V16 5-passenger coupe that is part of Doug Houston’s collection | Larry Edsall photos

The notice caught my eye: An estate auction of classic cars, including nine Cadillacs ranging from a 1938 60 Special sedan to a 1970 DeVille convertible, and two of them with V16 engines beneath their hoods. I needed to know more. Continue reading