Mecum totes up January auctions: $133.8 million

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A 1959 Cadillac gets a final cleaning just before it heads across the auction block in Kissimmee | Larry Edsall photos

When you’re offering up 7,517 lots of collector cars, motorcycles and Road Art for bidding, it apparently can take some time to total up the numbers. At least that’s the way it appears as Mecum finally reported on Tuesday the results of its January auctions, which began January 3 at Kissimmee, Florida, and finished January 26 in Las Vegas.

The results: $133.8 million in total sales with a combined sell-through rate of 83 percent, the Wisconsin-based auction company reported.  

Motorcycles parade across the auction block at Las Vegas

The breakdown included a record $107.5 million in sales at Kissimmee, where 2,328 vehicles went to new owners at a 72 percent sell-through rate. Later, at Las Vegas, more than 1,340 collector motorcycles were sold, with the auction posting $26.3 million in sales and a 91 percent sell-through. 

The $26.3 million figure is particularly impressive considering the company’s 2018 Las Vegas motorcycle auction did $13.9 million in sales. The 2019 Vegas motorcycle auction, boosted by consignments from the acclaimed MC Collection from Sweden, also had a higher sales total than the company’s $25.2 million collector car auction held in Las Vegas in November 2018.

Top 10 sales, Mecum Kissimmee 2019

  1. 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, $3,300,000
  2. 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Ford Mustang, $2,200,000
  3. 1969 L88 Chevrolet Corvette pair, $990,000
  4. 1930 Duesenberg Model J torpedo phaeton, $935,000
  5. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, $495,000
  6. 1954 Chrisman Bonneville coupe, $484,000
  7. 1966 Shelby GT350 Ford Mustang, $440,000
  8. 1955 Imperial convertible, $418,000
  9. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, $396,000
  10. 2005 Ford GT, $352,000
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(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Top 10 sales, Mecum Kissimmee Road Art 2019

  1. Brown Derby neon sign, $88,500
  2. Chevrolet Truck Dept. neon sign, $43,660
  3. Yates Ford dealership neon sign, $42,480
  4. Mobil Pegasus rotating neon sign, $30,680
  5. Krazy Trike kiddie ride, $29,500
  6. Ford Jubilee neon sign, $29,500
  7. Dog N Suds neon sign, $28,910
  8. Yenko Chevrolet neon sign, $25,960
  9. Pontiac dealership neon sign, $25,960
  10. White rose porcelain sign, $23,600

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Top 10 sales Mecum Las Vegas motorcycles 2019

  1. 1939 Crocker Big Tank, $704,000
  2. 1937 Crocker Small Tank, $423,500
  3. 1925 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sport, $357,500
  4. 1912 Henderson Model A, $302,500
  5. 1975 Ducati 750SS Green Frame, $247,500
  6. 1925 BMW R37, $220,000
  7. 1913 Pierce T Four, $192,500
  8. 1992 Honda NR 750, $181,500
  9. 1923 Ace 4-cylinder Sporting Solo, $176,000
  10. 1915 Henderson Four Model D, $170,000

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Landmark Brown Derby sign

Mecum’s next auction is scheduled for Glendale, Arizona, March 14-16 at the State Farm Stadium, with around 1,000 collector cars and 100 vintage motorcycles on the docket.

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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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