Barrett-Jackson posts record $9.6 million in charity sales

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The four Bumblebee Camaro on the auction block | Barrett-Jackson photos

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Arizona Auction Week 2019 is over and now the accounting begins as the various collector car sales companies wrap up any post-block sales and add up their total sales, sell-through rates and other statistics.

Barrett-Jackson already has completed part of that task, announcing that its charity sales totaled a record $9.6 million during its 48th annual Scottsdale auction.

“With the help of the generous car collector community, we raised $9.6 million for charity, the most of any auction in our 48-year history,” Craig Jackson, chairman and chief executive of Barrett-Jackson, said in the company’s news release.

“As a company that was built on giving back to the community, this is a significant milestone worth celebrating,” he added. “We’re so grateful for the countless wonderful people and companies, from OEM partners to celebrities, who have joined us on this phenomenal journey. Giving back is the heartbeat of Barrett-Jackson and the collector car community.”

Barrett-Jackson got its start in the 1970s with car shows to raise money for the then-new Scottsdale library and community center. The company reports that during its history it has raised more than $114 million for various charities.

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In the past week, 13 lots were sold with all proceeds going to charities. Among those on the auction block to help sell those cars were actor Gary Sinise, singer/songwriter Ray J, former NASCAR champions including Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon.

Among the four Bumblebee Camaro was this 1916 model year that was modified to serve as a possible tease of the 2019 Camaro and was used in the Transformers: The Last Knight film.

One of those 13 lots included four vehicles, Chevrolet Camaros used in the various Bumblebee roles in Transformers movies. The four-car lot sold for $500,000, with an additional $25,000 donation going to benefit Operation Homefront to help military families.

“There are no words to express how blessed we feel to be able to support so many wonderful charity organizations,” Steve Davis, Barrett-Jackson president, said in the news release.

“You simply can’t put a price tag on all of the good that will come from the millions raised to help our kids, members of our U.S. military and first responders live richer, fuller lives. 

“There’s no doubting the generous spirit of this hobby when our consigners and bidders open their hearts to help where help is needed most.”

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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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