Gooding, Christie’s join to exhibit cars, artwork at New York gallery

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A 1930 Packard Speedster will be shown at the Christie's exhibit | Gooding photos

Gooding & Company will display three special collector cars at a New York art exhibit presented by Christie’s, placing iconic automotive forms beside valuable pieces of fine art.

The joint exhibition, with cars consigned to Gooding’s upcoming Amelia Island auction and art from Christie’s New York Spring and London sales, takes place February 8-13 at Christie’s Rockefeller Center.

“Both Gooding & Company and Christie’s recognize that today’s collectors have interests that reach beyond a single category,” David Gooding, founder and president of the collector car auctioneer, said in a news release. “Our buyers are constantly in search of items of unmatched quality – whether it is a motor car, a painting or a piece of fine jewelry.”

Gooding was formerly managing director of Christie’s International Motor Cars department before starting his own auction company, which now occupies the space in Pebble Beach, California, where Christie’s once held a collector car auction during concours week. Christie’s closed its motor division in 2007.

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The 1992 Porsche 964 Carrera RS was once owned by a tech guru

The Gooding cars that will be shown in New York are a vintage Packard and a pair of Porsche coupes.

The 1930 Packard 734 Speedster is one of eight known to exist, and was a first-in-class winner at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

A 1967 Porsche 911 2.0 S is described by Gooding as “an undisputed icon and one of the most successful sports cars of all time.” The two-owner car still wears its factory Polo Red paint.

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The other Porsche is a 1992 Porsche 964 Carrera RS in Blossom Yellow, original delivered in Italy and brought to the U.S. when owned by Jan Koum, former chief executive and co-founder of the mobile messaging application WhatsApp.  The desirable performance car will be sold at Amelia Island at no reserve.

Highlights of Christie’s offerings include photographs, jewelry, watches, meteorites and spirits, according to the news release. Christie’s will show features from the London Evening Sales of Post-War and Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern Art, including a masterpiece by David Hockney, Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott, with an estimated value in excess of £30 million, from The Collection of Barney A. Ebsworth.

RM Sotheby’s, a key competitor of both Gooding and Christie’s, has been making waves in recent years with its art-gallery themed collector car sales in Manhattan.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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