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Worldwide expanding its Labor Day weekend auction

With sale of Auburn Auction Park, Worldwide Auctioneers plans to fill the void with 3-day event

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In the aftermath of the sale and planned redevelopment of Auburn Auction Park, which has hosted Labor Day weekend collector car sales for half a century, Worldwide Auctioneers has announced it will expand its boutique sale to a 3-day event in the northeast Indiana community.

“Auburn is the birthplace of the collector car auction industry in America,” said John Kruse, one of the partners in Worldwide Auctioneers and a member of the family that founded the Auburn auction phenomenon.

“Our focus to date has been on presenting high-end, boutique-style evening sales,” Kruse continued. “However the market has demanded a larger and grander affair from us here in Auburn. Our emphasis will continue to be on curating the most varied offering of quality cars that represent the very best of their type, but on a considerably bigger scale.”

Auburn, Worldwide expanding its Labor Day weekend auction, ClassicCars.com Journal
Kruse Plaza is home to Worldwide Auctioneers

Worldwide Auctioneers was founded by Kruse and Rod Egan in 2001, and at first held auctions in the National Auto & Truck Museum building that formerly was part of the Auburn Automobile company complex. In 2019, Kruse and business partners purchased the site south of town, and just across the highway from Auburn Auction Park, that had been built to house the National Military History Center.

“The Auburn Auction is scheduled to run over Labor Day weekend, from September 1 -3, 2022, at Worldwide’s expansive Indiana headquarters campus,” the company said in announcing its new plans. “Visitors can look forward to a diverse selection of exceptional pre-war automobiles, racecars, sports, customs, classics and select American muscle cars, showcasing hundreds of vehicles including significant no-reserve collections, select memorabilia and a curated marketplace of automotive lifestyle vendors.”

Worldwide said consignments already set for the sale include a 1925 Bugatti Type 35A Grand Prix racing car.

Worldwide noted that the auction will be held in a 200,000-square-foot building on a 30-acre campus with substantial parking space. 

The Labor Day auctions have been held during the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. The Kruse family staged its first such sale to help raise money for the festival and Auburn museum. The 2022 ACD Festival runs August 27 to September 7.

“We’re honored to continue to be an integral part of this Labor Day tradition and excited to help cement Auburn’s position as an indisputable destination on the global collector car calendar, with a massively expanded auction offering, this year and long into the future,” Kruse added.

Worldwide’s next auction is “The Enthusiast Auction,” scheduled for April 22-23 in Auburn.

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.

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