Petersen museum will be site of RM Sotheby’s auction

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RM Sotheby's moving its annual Los Angeles area auction to the Petersen Automotive Museum | Larry Edsall photo

RM Sotheby’s is moving its annual Southern California collector car auction to the Petersen Automotive Museum in downtown Los Angeles. The move was announced in the new summer edition of the auction company’s Shift magazine.

Under its Auctions America or RM banners, RM Sotheby’s has staged a collector car auction in the LA area for the past five years. For two years, the sale was held at the Burbank airport and for the past three at the historic Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica airport. 

Auction in 2017 in Barker Hangar generated $9.3 million in sales | RM Sotheby’s photo

But this year that event shifts to the Petersen, and the date also shifts, from an early summer date to December 8.

RM Sotheby’s notes that bidders and others attending the auction at the Petersen will be able to take in the museum’s major Porsche exhibit as well as its display of classic and modified Japanese cars.

The Petersen has served as an auction venue, including a Barrett-Jackson auction in 2003, a RM “Icons of Speed & Style” sale in 2009, Bonhams and Butterfields sales in 2007 of the Von Dutch collection and in 2010 of the Bud Ekins motorcycle collection.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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