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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jan 22, 2017

Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, kicked off its 46th year by breaking more than 40 vehicle auction sales records (as verified by Hagerty Data) during the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, held Jan. 14-22, 2017, at WestWorld of Scottsdale in Arizona. During the automotive lifestyle event, 1,719 vehicles were consigned, the most at one auction in the company’s history, with vehicle sales totaling approximately $100 million (unaudited) at a 99.5-percent sell-through rate. Over 1,800 pieces of automobilia sold for more than $2.5 million (unaudited) bringing the total sales to more than $102 million. Approximately 320,000 people attended this year’s auction, including many of today’s hottest celebrities, professional athletes and entertainment personalities.

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“This year’s Scottsdale auction was a tremendous success,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Despite the rain and colder temperatures, we had a phenomenal turnout, set 40 world auction sales records and sold more than 1,800 pieces of authentic automobilia. This year’s entertainment factor was through the roof. From Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steven Tyler and Grammy award-winning Justin Bieber, through undefeated pro boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and the most decorated Olympian in history, Michael Phelps, to two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, there was no shortage of entertainment and full-throttle excitement.”

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction gave bidders the chance to select from a wide range of American muscle, European classics, exotic sports cars and one-of-a-kind customs. The top cars sold in Scottsdale include:
• 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (Lot #1397) – $1,485,000
• 1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle (CERV) 1 (Lot #1390) – $1,320,000
• 1930 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton (Lot #1378) – $880,000
• 2005 Porsche Carrera GT (Lot #1396) – $616,000
• 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback (Lot #1365) – $445,500
• Justin Bieber’s 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia (Lot #1372) – $434,500
• 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Split-Window “Fuelie” (Lot #1393) – $385,000
• 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 (Lot #1400) – $385,000
• 1932 Rolls-Royce Roadster (Lot #1382) – $341,000
• 2015 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (Lot #1374) – $330,000
• 1964 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 (Lot #1399) – $330,000

“Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale has become the most anticipated event of the year as it is the barometer for the hobby,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Week, as proclaimed by the city of Scottsdale, is an immersive entertainment experience that offers something every person can enjoy. The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction was the only place to find the greatest selection of cars, the most passionate enthusiasts, the largest number of charity cars and the biggest displays by top automakers, all inside more than a million square feet of covered space.”

The Charlie Thomas Collection, which featured 146 vehicles, sold for an impressive combined total of just over $1.7 million, with the top three vehicles including a 1970 Plymouth Superbird (Lot #1284), a 1957 Ford Thunderbird “F” Convertible (Lot #1282) and a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster (Lot #1283).
Eight charity vehicles crossed the Scottsdale block this year, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Grammy winner Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder (Lot #3003). Tyler roared onto the stage to help sell his rare Hennessey, which sold for $800,000, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Janie’s Fund.

“Steven Tyler entered the auction arena in true rock and roll style,” said Jackson. “With a grand entrance featuring lights, music and Steven standing in the passenger seat, the crowd was on their feet like we were at one of his concerts. There’s really no place in the world, like Barrett-Jackson, that brings together superstars and super cars.”

Images ... Peter and Wolfgang Singhof

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