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Mecum Los Angeles 2017 Recap

 

Over $9.3 million in sales generated, 283 vehicles sold at Mecum Los Angeles 
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A Variety of Premium Vehicles Sells in Boca

The Finest colocates an auction with the 11th Annual Boca Raton Concous d’Elegance held at the Boca Raton Resort and Club on February 11, 2017. Here are key stats:
 
Lots Sold:   37 of 71
Total Sales: USD $2,620,250
Sell Through: 52%
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Nearly $30 million USD sold in Paris

RM Sotheby’s Paris 2017 sale was held February 8, at Place Vauban, France, for its fourth annual sale. This event featured a 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3, 2012 Austin Martin V12 Zagato and a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider, which made the top 10 best in sales.  Many remarkable, rare treasures were sold in Paris. Out of 77 lots, 60 were sold totaling over $29 million USD.

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No Reserve? No Problem in Kissimmee

While it’s true that placing no reserve on a vehicle guarantees it will sell, that branding does not necessarily relegate an automobile to the bargain bin, as the results of Mecum’s Kissimmee auction showed.

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Barrett-Jackson Celebrates Rare, Custom Chevys in Scottsdale

Although the auction stuck to the script for the most part, there certainly were a few unexpected twists and turns along the way at Barrett-Jackson’s 46th annual Scottsdale auction from Jan. 14-22.

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Rods, Muscles and Exotics Excel in Kissimmee

Modern exotic sports and supercars continue to trend upward, but how did American muscle and hot rods perform at Mecum?

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Surprises Shake Up Mecum’s Top Sales in Kissimmee

Analyzing the results of Mecum’s collector car auction in Kissimmee earlier this month is all about perspective.

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Late-Model Luxury and Exotics at Chateau Impney

Leading the modern collector charge were two lots from a confiscated private collection from a Middle Eastern sheik: A 2012 Ferrari California and a 2012 Bentley Continental GTC.

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Vintage Corvettes Steal the Show at Mecum KC

With an enticing docket of vintage American muscle cars, a sprinkling of prewar roadsters and high-performance exotics, Mecum had its sights set on wrapping up the 2016 season with some fireworks in Kansas City.

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Modern Collectibles Make Their Move at CCA

The final event of the year from England’s Classic Car Auctions (CCA) was populated with underappreciated gems from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

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Hemis, Factory Five's and Prewar Sedans Fuel Dallas

According to Richard Sevenoaks, president of Leake Auction Company, this was their best lineup to date and it's hard to argue otherwise. 

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Micro Cars, Major Results for Historics at Brooklands

This year's final event for Historics at Brooklands included one of the most eclectic catalogs seen in recent years, including highly regarded microcars. 

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New Buyers Ignite the Market in Milan

Over 800 no-reserve lots on the docket attracted an unseen number of people, with 4,000 registered bidders and 83 percent of buyers being first-time RM Sotheby's customers.

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Affordable American Runs AutoFest

With an extremely accessible bidder/seller program, this Carlisle auction offered 400 lots and opened the door for the entry level buyer and seller.

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Mecum Saves the Best for Last in Anaheim

There are times when memorable moments are born from the decision to save your best for last. In some ways, Mecum Auctions adhered to this strategy during its three-day Anaheim auction last week.

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Affordable Market Strong for H&H Classics

H&H Classics held a two-day e-catalogue only auction this past weekend at Donington Park in the U.K. Splitting the motorcycle and the car auctions into separate days brought significantly different dockets with different types of buyers.

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Multiple Silverstone Records Slashed in UK

At the Classic Motor Show in Birmingham, UK, Silverstone Auctions smashed several world records on its way to its most successful auction in its five-year history of attending the event.

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Barn-Find Porsche Speedster Stuns at Hilton Head

An absolutely shocking barn-find sale led to a shattered world record at the second-annual Auctions America Hilton Head auction.

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MacWhorter Collection Explodes at Mecum Dallas

All told, the auction house sold 756 cars and hammered down $24,600,000 in sales over the four-day event, which closely mirrors the $24,800,000 the company achieved in Dallas last year.

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Detroit Invades Collector Car Productions in Toronto

For a company that makes a living plying its wares in the Great White North, this well-established auctioneer has always had a decidedly Motown feel about it.

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Customs and Exotics Rule Vegas

Under the bright lights at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Barrett-Jackson shone bright, thanks to a large number of successful custom and exotic lots during its ninth-annual auction in Sin City from Oct. 13-15.

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Porsche Market Strong at Silverstone

If the Silverstone auction showed us anything about the current state of collector cars, it’s that the Porsche market is still climbing in almost every segment. 

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Porsche Dominates Zoute Sale

In its fourth consecutive year, Bonhams returned with a small sale at the Zoute Grand Prix, a major event in the luxury coastal town Knokke in Belgium.

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Prewar, Original Restorations Highpoint for RM Sotheby's

At RM Sotheby's auction in Hershey, there were plenty of bargains to be had, but by and large cars sold at their appropriate market value, and many exceeded that value by quite a bit. 

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Vicari Shines Through Storm

Despite the looming threat of Hurricane Matthew, Vicari Media Director Stacie Harmon says the threat had little impact on attendance. 

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More Ups Than Downs for Mecum Auctions in Chicago

Overall, Mecum’s success in Chicago this year is on par with the success that the company achieved during its three-day Chicago auction in 2015.

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All Smiles from Fall Carlisle

Carlisle Auctions broke multiple sales records, thanks to an increase in available lots and higher bidder registration at its Fall Carlisle Auction that took place Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at the Carlisle Expo Center in Carlisle, Pa.

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Hurricane Matthew Expected to Miss Vicari

Will Hurricane Matthew impact Vicari's auction in Biloxi? 

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The Finest Gets a Warm Welcome in Colorado

The auction itself was set up in the usual first-class fashion for which The Finest has become known.

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No Sale for R2D2’s Rolls-Royce

As it turns out, the force was not strong enough for R2D2’s 1982 Rolls-Royce Corniche FHC this past Saturday.

 

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Dragone Drives North to Boston

On the first fall day in New England, Dragone Auctions ventured north from its headquarters in Bridgeport, Conn., to Boston to host its first-ever off-site auction.

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American Grit Crosses Tom Mack Block

Tom Mack’s latest sale, held on Sept. 22 in Cabarrus County, N.C., was another success, achieving a 70 percent sell-through rate that would make some of the better-known auctions green with envy.

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Chevy Trio Ends CCAG's Year on High

On Sept. 17, CCAG held the last of three events on its annual calendar in Billings.

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Inaugural Leake Auction in Detroit Offers Variety, Good Buys

Variety was king in Motown, with everything from late-model BMWs to Ferraris and Corvair Rampside pickup trucks coming up during this inaugural sale.

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Mecum Flexes American Muscle in Louisville

With its flagship auction at Monterey, Calif. in the rearview mirror, Mecum Auctions returned to more familiar territory Sept. 8-10 with a three-day event at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

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Modern Collectible Cars a Hit in London

A recent trend within the collectible car market has officially started rising on the back of the results from the 10th annual RM Sotheby’s London sale, on Wed., Sept. 7 at Battersea Evolution in London. 

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World-Record Sale for ‘56 Porsche 550 at Goodwood Revival

When the dust finally settled at the Goodwood Revival, which took place Sept. 10 in Chichester, Goodwood, UK, a new world record stood tall.

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Chantilly Remains Hotbed for Bonhams

Now in its third edition, the Chantilly Sale has clearly taken up a top position in must-attend events within Europe.

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Auctions America Shows Strength on Labor Day

For more than 45 years, the Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend has been a Labor Day tradition in the heartland, timed to coincide with the world-famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival (also known as the ACD Festival).

 

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Silverstone Auction's Crown Jewel Shines Bright

Indisputably, the crown jewel in the Silverstone auction calendar is its Salon Privé Sale, held each year during the first weekend of September on the historic grounds of the Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England.

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'Technical Issues' Cause Confusion for Lucky

After a successful first day of the Lucky Fall Classic in Tacoma, Washington, the expectation was for an even better showing on Aug. 28, the final day of the event.

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RM Sotheby’s Sets Records in Monterey

A big winner at the Monterey auctions this year was RM Sotheby’s. I knew that would be the case when I saw the catalog weeks before the auction.

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Lucky Goes Back to Basics

While considerably more attention and analysis is devoted to the higher profile classic car auctions in Scottsdale, Amelia Island and Pebble Beach, the best sense of where the market is today and where it is headed tomorrow can be found at auctions that occur outside of the popular spotlight.

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Revived Racing Legends Find Top Dollar at Russo and Steele

At this year’s annual mecca of collector cars that is Monterey weekend, Russo and Steele’s auction, held Aug. 18 through 20, brought something to satisfy everyone willing to make the pilgrimage. Although their staples aren’t extremely high-dollar alphanumeric Ferraris, they often offer familiar vehicles that make sense to the more casual collector.

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Buyers Bring the Hammer at Historics

There was no shortage of interested buyers at Historics at Brooklands at the Brooklands Museum on Aug 20. In fact, Historics saw multiple lots go for significant higher hammer prices than previously estimated.

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Gooding Finds Magic in the Monterey Moonlight

As the capacity crowd awaited the start of Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction on Saturday afternoon, a fair amount of trepidation filled the room. The mood on the Peninsula was decidedly hesitant, especially given the mixed results from the various auctions held earlier in the week.

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Highs and Lows for Mecum on Day 3

Mecum Auctions was clearly saving its best for last. More than 12 percent of the vehicles that would cross its block on Saturday carried high estimates of at least $1,000,000.

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Mecum Sees Success on Day Two

What a difference a day makes. On Thursday, the first day of Mecum Auctions’ three-day event in Monterey, 164 lots crossed the block before the company hammered down a six-figure sale price. (It was a 1913 Excelsior Twin motorcycle that sold for an even $100,000.) On Friday, however, it took Mecum just an hour to secure its first six-figure sale of the day and, incidentally, its first six-figure car of the event.

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Bonhams Lights Up Quail Lodge

Bonhams remains a favorite among the Monterey cognoscenti for its bucolic setting on the green lawns of the Quail Lodge, as well as its wide array of offerings that are certain to satisfy the cravings of even the most discerning collector.

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2016 Mecum Auctions in Monterey: Day One in Review

As past years have proven, the collector car market is nothing if not fluid. On the first day of Mecum Auctions’ three-day sale in Monterey, prospective sellers were reminded of that.

 

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Chicago Plays Host to Mecum Motorcycle Auction

The Vintage & Antique Auction presented by MidAmerica Motorcycles by Mecum Auctions – sponsored by State Farm – took place over two days, June 10 and 11, at the Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center in Chicago. It was Mecum’s first Chicago motorcycle sale.

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American Classics Highlight RM Sotheby’s Motor City

In a weekend that featured the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich., the RM Sotheby’s annual Motor City sale, held on July 30, had a smaller, yet as successful auction as it did in 2015. The Motor City auction scored an average price of $120,000, including a 1929 Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” Convertible Coupe charity vehicle that sold for $1,540,000.

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