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McCormick’s stages California’s first live auction since virus shutdown

Sale features health-safety precautions, more than $4 million in transactions


The live collector car auction action resumed in California in late November with McCormick’s fall sale in Palm Springs. The auction posted $4.226 million in sales with a 61 percent sell-through rate.

McCormick’s reports that it limited attendance to 2,000 people at any given time at the open-air site and employed six health and safety workers to assure temperature checks and social distancing, that all present were wearing protective masks, and that hand-sanitizer stations were appropriately stationed.

McCormick's live auction
A socially distanced sale

Among the auction’s top sales were a 1959 Porsche 356A that sold for $150,520, a 2002 BMW Z8 that also sold for $150,520, a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE coupe that brought $82,150 and a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL that went for $80,560. Prices include buyer’s fee.

McCormick’s next sale, it’s 70th, is scheduled for February 26-28, 2021, at the Palm Springs Convention Center’s outdoor event area.

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1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

For more information, visit the auction website.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
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.


  1. I was at the Auction and you have to give the McCormicks A for effort and bravery just for having the “Guts” for putting this event on. While it was not as big as their regular auction(s) at least they were able to pull it off without a hitch.
    Well done McCormick Family !

  2. I sold a car at the McCormick auction and got what I considered a fair value especially given the circumstances. The event was put on with appropriate Covid controls throughout the tent and outside viewing area. Although my friend and I are considered “at risk”, we both felt quite safe. I also applaud the City of Palm Springs for allowing this traditional event to be held. I believe the term “cautious but not paranoid” applied and hopefully the February event will also be allowed.


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