The entire 245-car collection of the Rogers’ Classic Car Museum was auctioned by Mecum in a no-reserve sale held over two days on 27-28 February. The collection was owned by the late Jim Rogers, media mogul and philanthropist, with all proceeds from the sale benefitting his foundation supporting education in Southern Nevada. The auction drew a crowd of more than 3,000 bidders and spectators and raised a total of $9.5 million.
The collection consisted mainly of American classics and Rolls-Royces, with the star lot a 1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Mulliner Drophead Coupe selling for $320,000 (estimate $250,000 – 350,000).
Top lots among the America cars were a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster which made $200,000 and a 1956 Dual-Ghia Convertible, one of only 117 built, taking $190,000 against an estimate of $250,000 – 325,000. The collection included a number of Rolls-Royce Phantoms and Corniches; plus a 1979 Camargue, one of just 531 examples produced, which sold for $50,000 (estimate $25,000 – 35,000). One Jaguar fan picked up a 1986 Jaguar XJ12 Vanden Plas showing a ‘believed correct’ 4,750 miles on the clock for $20,000.