Over 500 cars went under the hammer at RM Auctions’ mammoth three-day Auburn Fall sale, bringing $17.6 million and a well-deserved 91% sell-through rate. A 1935 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster posted the top result, commanding a winning bid of $770,000 (estimate $700,000 – 800,000) in front of an enthusiastic audience.
Bill Akin’s collection of 11 cars and more than 250 items of memorabilia were all offered without reserve, generating just short of $2 million. The three Indy 500 race cars comfortably exceeded their $350,000 lower estimates, a 1953 Kurtis 500 B Indianapolis that competed in the legendary race on four occasions taking $550,000; a 1961 Epperly Indianapolis at $407,000; and a 1960 Epperly Indianapolis bringing $385,000.
Among the European machinery in the catalogue, a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Coupe 3.5 with under 42,000 miles showing on the clock changed hands for $83,600 (estimate $80,000 – 90,000), as did a 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III LWB (estimate $60,000 – 75,000) – one of 22 cars from the bankruptcy estate of entities previously controlled by Bikram Choudhury, which achieved a collective $1,044,473.
The sale also featured 20 Cadillacs spanning nine decades of the marque’s history. Highlights included a concours award-winning 1932 Series 355-B 2/4 Passenger Roadster at $152,900 (estimate $145,000 – 175,000), and a 1958 Eldorado Biarritz which blitzed its $45,000 – 55,000 guide, selling for $88,000.
From: RM Auctions
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