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Barrett-Jackson scores record $48 million in first summer Vegas auction

100 percent sell-through for the all-no-reserve event adds heat to already hot weekend


Barrett-Jackson hit a resounding record result for its Las Vegas Auction, scoring a total of more than $48 million and a 100 percent sell-through for collector vehicles, automobilia, charity sales, even a few NFTs, during a hot weekend in Sin City.

The three-day auction, held June 17-19 as the launch for the new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, is Barrett-Jackson’s first summer auction in Vegas, where for the first 12 consecutive years sales were held during the fall.  The auction was canceled for 2020 due to the pandemic and rescheduled for 2021 as the company shook up its annual lineup of events.

Heading the auction was the sale of a rare 2015 McLaren P1, a 903-horsepower hybrid hypercar originally owned by popular electronic-music producer Deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”) and driven just 180 miles. The car sold for a spectacular $1,567,500 (all results include auction fees).

A 1963 Corvette split-window coupe was one of the top-selling cars

The results breakdown came to about 700 all-no-reserve vehicles reaching more than $46 million, 284 pieces of automobilia sold for $884,000, and $775,000 raised through the sale of four charity vehicles. Barrett-Jackson also became the first collector car company to auction non-fungible tokens (NFTs), representing past sales of 001 serial-number vehicles, which brought in an addition $65,000.

“We arrived in Las Vegas riding on the tremendous momentum of our record-setting Scottsdale Auction in March,” Craig Jackson, chief executive of Barrett-Jackson, said in a news release. “We’ve accelerated that success with a 100-percent no reserve docket, more world-auction records, a ground-breaking sale of NFTs, and making history as the first public event in the fabulous new West Hall of the Convention Center.

“It’s absolutely clear that the collector car market is stronger than ever, and Barrett-Jackson is fueling that enthusiasm.”

A 1957 Mercedes 300SL roadster scored a million-dollar-plus sale

Besides the McLaren, two other auction cars sold for seven figures, a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster that hit $1,045,000 and a 2019 Ford GT for $1,023,000.

A special highlight of the Las Vegas auction was the sale of the custom 1994 Toyota Supra driven by the late Paul Walker in two of the Fast and Furious movies.  The distinctive and turbocharged Supra sold for $550,000. 

Among the celebrity cars sold at the auction were three from “Mr. Las Vegas,” singer Wayne Newton, who stood onstage as the bidding commenced.  Also, two cars owned by the late big-cat trainers and life partners Siegfried and Roy crossed the auction block.

Another legendary name from Las Vegas entertainment history, Frank Sinatra, was represented in the sale of a 1970 Maserati Ghibli that he previously owned.

The Maserati Ghibli was previously owned by Frank Sinatra

Charity sales, a signature piece of Barrett-Jackson auctions, and which have raised $133 million to date, were:

A 2021 Ford Bronco 4-door Badlands Raiders Edition, which raised $275,000 for the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation and Raiders Foundation.

A 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Hertz/Hendrick Motorsports Edition, for $250,000 benefitting Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation.

A 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat AWD, with the $180,000 benefitting Ronald McDonald House of Detroit.

A 1956 Chevrolet 150, which sold for $70,000 to benefit Honor Flight Network.

The top 10 vehicles sold during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction were:

1. 2015 McLaren P1 at $1,567,500

2. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster at $1,045,000

3. 2019 Ford GT at $1,023,000

4. 1965 AC Cobra 289 roadster CSX 2439 at $907,500

5. 1994 Toyota Supra Fast and Furious movie car at $550,000

6. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette split-window custom at $396,000

7. 1970 Chevrolet Camaro custom coupe “The Grinch” at $385,000

8. 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster at $385,000

9. Frank Sinatra’s 1970 Maserati Ghibli at $330,000

10. Henry Ford II’s 1966 Ford Mustang GT K-Code convertible at $330,000

Barrett-Jackson is gearing up for its inaugural Houston Auction, to be held September 16-18, at the NRG Center.

For more information and complete results from Las Vegas, visit the Barrett-Jackson website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
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, 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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