Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, surpassed $51.5-million dollars in total sales at its annual January two-day Scottsdale Auction, held January 16-17, 2015.
The company sold an impressive 114 of 126 lots, yielding a 90 per cent sales rate and average price per car of $451,900.
The close of the two-day sale garnered 25 new world auction benchmarks including a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupe Aerodinamico (sold for $4,070,000), a 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 (sold for $1,980,000) and many more from top marques.
A top highlight of Saturday’s auction was a charity lot presentation from ultimate car collector and comedian Jay Leno.
Leno’s personal 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 generated an astonishing $565,625 in contributions to the USO, a private non-profit, non-partisan organization with a mission to support the U.S. troops.
The crowd roared with excitement as bidders competed for the patriotic prize in the one of the most exciting bidding displays during the Arizona auction week. The auctioneer dropped the hammer at $360,000 for the winning bidder, and that contribution was quickly supported by more than $200,000 in additional donations from other bidders and auction attendees.
Cars that sold for more than $1-million
Lot 46: 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, sold for: $7,700,000
Lot 132: 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupe Aerodinamico, sold for: $4,070,000
Lot 109: 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS, sold for: $2,420,000
Lot 138: 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6, sold for: $1,980,000
Lot 25: 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, sold for: $1,925,000
Lot 51: 1959 BMW 507 Series II, sold for: $1,815,000
Lot 142: 1988 Porsche 959 Sport, sold for: $1,705,000
Lot 10: 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS, sold for: $1,595,000
Lot 149: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, sold for: $1,567,000
Lot 30: 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra, sold for: $1,155,000
Lot 113: 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S, sold for: $1,155,000
Gooding’s next auction will take place in Amelia Island, Florida, on Friday, March 13, 2015 and will include an array of exceptional motorcars from a variety of top marques.
The Amelia Island sale will include a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (Estimate: $3,400,000 – $3,800,000), offered in a rare light blue and single-family ownership for more than 40 years, it remains the epitome of Ferrari’s timeless exclusivity and style. Also heading to Florida is a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet (Estimate: $2,000,000-$2,500,000), recipient of two Platinum Awards at both the 2013 and 2014 Palm Beach Cavallino Classic Concours, and certified by Ferrari Classiche in 2012.
Additional featured offerings include a long-term ownership, late-production 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster (Estimate: $1,600,000-$2,000,000) with original interior and factory hard top. It is an example considered to be the ultimate specification for 300 SL Roadsters.
For Gooding, Amelia Island has been the site of many successful presentations of high-profile racecars, such as the record-breaking 2014 sale of a 1968 Porsche 907 (sold for $3,630,000). The Porsche racing trend continues in 2015, with the announcement of a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR (Estimate: $1,200,000-$1,500,000), original owned by Hector Alonso Rebaque of Mexico City, a widely recognized Formula One champion.