Over the past couple of weeks the center of the North American collector car world has been Scottsdale, Arizona. In this desert town, many of the major US auction houses have been holding auctions. And because of the concentration of auction sales, thousands of people, both buyers and sellers, have gathered to do business or perhaps just to kick the tires. There is a tremendous amount of eye candy in Scottsdale during this annual auction frenzy.
I have collected photos of the top three sellers from four of the major auction houses – Barrett-Jackson, Gooding and Company, RM Auctions, and Bonhams. These are shown below:
1948 Tucker Torpdo Sold For $2,915,000 at Barrett-Jackson
1947 Bentley Mark VI Sold For $2,750,000 at Barrett-Jackson
Low Mileage 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Sold for $2,200,000 at Barrett-Jackson
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy Gullwing Sold for $4,620,000 at Gooding & Company
1930 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Coupe Sold for $2,640,000 at Gooding & Company
1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Dual Cowl Sports Tourer Sold for $2,145,000 at Gooding & Company
1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Scaglietti Coupe Sold for $1,815,000 at RM Auctions
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder Sold for $1,815,000 at RM Auctions
1959 BMW 507 Roadster Sold for $990,000 at RM Auctions
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet Sold for $667,000 at Bonhams
1930 Rolls Royce Phantom I Phaeton Sold for $524,000 at Bonhams
1947 Delahaye 135M Drophead Coupe Sold for $474,000 at Bonhams
I understand that this year at the Scottsdale auctions about 2,200 cars were sold for approximately $182,000,000 for an average of about $83,000 per car. The total Scottsdale sales for 2011 were $167,000,000, so the collector car market is still quite active.