Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Auto Auctions Rev Up Excitement in Scottsdale

Holy auto auctions, Batman! Standing-room-only crowds and record-breaking bids were the hallmarks of Scottsdale’s 2013 Auto Week events. These wildly popular annual auctions – which include houses like Barrett-Jackson, Gooding & Co., RM Auctions, Bonhams, Silver and Russo & Steele– sold more than 2,234 cars in one week for a total of more than $223.8 million, a nearly 22 percent increase over the combined sales from 2012.

At Barrett-Jackson, the original Batmobile “ka-powed” the competition, selling for an impressive $4.62 million. Rick Champagne of Ahwatukee Foothills, Ariz., purchased the iconic car from the 1960s “Batman” TV show and plans, he told Speed TV, to put the car in his living room.

Over the course of the week, 31 cars sold for $1 million or more – 11 at Gooding & Co.; 10 at Barrett-Jackson; eight at RM Auctions and two at Bonhams. Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • At Gooding & Co., a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider sold for $8.25 million – a new Valley record price.
  • A 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione sold for $8.14 million at RM Auctions.
  • In addition to the Batmobile, Barrett-Jackson scored multi-million-dollar sales for a 1947 Talbot-Lago Record T-26 Grand Sport and a 1955 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing Coupe formerly owned by Clark Gable. Each car sold for about $2.03 million.

The auctions also enjoyed robust attendance, with Barrett-Jackson reporting more than 310,000 collector car fans for the week, including an standing room-only crowd when the Batmobile went on the block. No doubt, Batman and Robin would be proud.