Images from the Arizona Auctions

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A '59 Crosley crosses the block

Photos by Howard Koby

The more-than-week long auction extravaganza in Scottsdale and Phoenix began with chilly temperatures and even light rain, but all auction houses are ready for action. I went to previews at Bonhams, RM, Gooding and Barrett-Jackson and million-dollar machinery will be in full force on the blocks along with muscle, customs, exotics, race cars and American classics.

Vendors at Barrett-Jackson are, as usual, unbelievable, offering everything from new cars and trucks to leather cowboy boots and fine automotive paintings from noted artists.

We expect to see some record -etting prices set at all auction venues as the collector-car hobby is booming with bidders from all over the world descending on the southwest, which has become bathed, as usual, in brilliant sunshine that casts . The rain finally let up and today was a brilliant sunny day that casts a sparkling glow on the hundreds of vintage and classic cars.

Let the bidding begin!

 

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Howard graduated with honors from the Art Center College of Design in California. He has been a photographer and automotive journalist for 35 years out of his Los Angeles studio. He has been published in Hot Rod, AutoWeek, Road & Track, Car and Driver, Jaguar Journal, Forza, Vintage Motorsport, Classic Motorsports, Robb Report, Motor Trend Classic, Hemmings Muscle Machines, and 50 Years of Road & Track (MBI Publishing). He has served on the Advisory Committee of the Transportation Design Department at Art Center College of Design. He is the author of the books Top Fuel Dragsters of the 1970s and Pro Stock Dragsters of the 1970s, both available on amazon.com.