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BARRETT-JACKSON ANNOUNCES HIGHEST-GROSSING AUTOMOBILIA AUCTION IN HISTORY, SHATTERS WORLD RECORD

This 1953 Mobil Oil Pegasus coin-operated kiddy ride, part of the Ron Pratte Collection, sold for $40,250. This 1953 Mobil Oil Pegasus coin-operated kiddy ride, part of the Ron Pratte Collection, sold for $40,250.

  • With 2,000 rare automobilia pieces selling for $6.55 million, Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale becomes the highest-grossing automobilia auction in history
  • Sales nearly triple world record, shattering the previous automobilia auction sales of $2.2 million
  • A 1930s Harley-Davidson neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #8997) and a 1950s Humble Esso Aviation Products neon porcelain sign (Lot #8991) were among the top-selling automobilia

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Jan. 23, 2015 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, shattered world records with the highest-grossing automobilia auction in history during its Scottsdale auction, Jan. 10-18, 2015 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. Barrett-Jackson sold 2,000 unique pieces for a record-breaking $6.55 million, toppling the previous record of $2.2 million. Top sellers included a 1930s Harley-Davidson neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot # 8997) that sold for $86,250 and a 1950s Humble Esso Aviation Products neon porcelain sign (Lot #8991) at $80,500.

“We hit it out of the park with our automobilia auction,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “This year was our most successful auction in our 44-year history and automobilia sales were a part of that success. It’s exciting to set a new world record for automobilia sales during one auction. I believe it not only punctuates the strength of the collector car market, but reinforces the confidence and faith that collectors have in Barrett-Jackson.”

Automotive memorabilia, also known as automobilia, ranged from neon signs and gas globes to pedal cars and oil cans during the Scottsdale auction. Neon signs shined brightest at WestWorld and proved to be the hottest automobilia item at this time. In addition to the top two neon signs sold, one of two 1950s “Chevy Boy” single-sided neon porcelain signs (Lot #9495) sold for an astonishing $69,000. A 1953 Ford Jubilee neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9492) was also purchased for $46,000.

Many of the finest pieces in the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale automobilia auction were from the Ron Pratte Collection and sold early in the week. Neon signs and large porcelains weren’t the only Pratte items wowing bidders. One of the more shocking purchases was a 1940s Husky Premium Oil quart can (Lot #7376), selling for an incredible $2,300. Additionally, the top-12 items sold throughout the entire auction were all from the Ron Pratte Collection, including the aforementioned 1930s Harley-Davidson neon sign and the 1950s Humble Esso Aviation Products neon sign.

“It’s an amazing feeling knowing we made history last week by nearly tripling the previous world record for an automobilia auction,” said Rory Brinkman, director of automobilia for Barrett-Jackson. “Given the volume of items sold, one could have thought there might be moments of weakness, but that never occurred. The sheer quality of our automobilia outmatched the volume, and that kept the bidding competitive and the sales high.”

The top-10 automobilia pieces sold in Scottsdale included:

  • 1930s Harley-Davidson neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot # 8997) – $86,250
  • 1950s Humble Esso Aviation neon porcelain airport hangar sign (Lot #8991) – $80,500
  • 1950s Chevy Boy single-sided neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9495) – $69,000
  • 1940s Beacon Gas single-sided porcelain sign (Lot #8931) – $47,150
  • 1953 Ford Jubilee neon porcelain dealership sign (Lot #9492) – $46,000
  • 1950s Dogs N Suds neon porcelain sign (Lot #8994) – $44,850
  • 1953 Mobil Pegasus Kiddy Ride (Lot #8899) – $40,250
  • 1920s Wayne Roman Column Gas Pump (Lot #8987) – $40,250
  • 1930s Sinclair Aircraft double-sided porcelain sign (Lot#8686) – $40,250
  • Bill Haley’s primary 1940 Martin D-18 guitar along with bronze statue of Haley (Lot #8998) – $40,250

“Automobilia is just as much a part of our auction as the vehicles that cross our block,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “This year we were fortunate to be trusted by our good friend and renowned collector, Ron Pratte, to offer his collection in Scottsdale. With so many rare and one-of-a-kind pieces from his collection, this auction certainly proved to be history in the making.”

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RON PRATTE COLLECTION SELLS FOR $40.44 MILLION, HELPS BREAK WORLD RECORD IN AUTOMOBILIA SALES

The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special kicked off the selection of vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection on Saturday, January 17. The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special kicked off the selection of vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection on Saturday, January 17.

  • The Ron Pratte Collection sold for more than $40.44 million in combined vehicle and automobilia sale
  • More than 100 vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection sold on Tuesday for $13 million, the highest sales on record for an early weekday auction at Barrett-Jackson
  • The 1950 GM Futurliner (Lot# 2501) raises $4.65 million to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jan. 22, 2015 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, announced today that total vehicle and automobilia sales from the Ron Pratte Collection surpassed $40.44 million during its Scottsdale auction Jan. 10-18, 2015, at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. Waves of car enthusiasts, along with a record number of bidders, arrived early in the week as the first four days featured the majority of Pratte’s collection. Beginning Saturday, Jan. 10 and continuing through Tuesday, Jan. 13, the entire automobilia portion of Pratte’s collection was auctioned off. Tuesday concluded with the record-setting sale of the first 110 vehicles from Pratte’s collection.

“The Ron Pratte Collection created an unprecedented wave of excitement among bidders and fans worldwide during our Scottsdale auction,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The week started incredibly strong with the sale of Ron Pratte’s automobilia spanning four days and ultimately leading to us not just breaking, but nearly tripling the world record for automobilia sales at $6.55 million. On Tuesday, the room was packed and the atmosphere was truly electric for the first of Ron Pratte’s vehicles crossing the block, resulting in our most successful early weekday auction in Barrett-Jackson history.”

Saturday, Jan.10, through Tuesday, Jan. 13, over 1,600 pieces of automobilia from the Ron Pratte Collection were auctioned off, leading to an unprecedented $6.55 million for the entire automobilia auction. This marks the world record for automobilia auctions, nearly tripling the previous sales record. Pratte’s top-selling piece was a 1930’s Harley-Davidson two-sided neon porcelain sign (Lot #8997) that sold for $86,250.

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, more than 100 cars from the collection sold for over $13 million, the highest sales on record for an early weekday auction at Barrett-Jackson. The electrifying evening got underway immediately with a string of amazing bidding wars. The 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible from “I Love Lucy” (Lot #2004) sold for $220,000, immediately followed by the famous Beverly Hillbillies Custom Truck (Lot #2005) going for $275,000 and a 1958 Plymouth Fury “Christine” (Lot #2006) bringing in $198,000. The top sale for Pratte’s Tuesday evening, a 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington Pickup (Lot #2010), sold just four lots later for $374,000.

“It took a monumental effort by the Barrett-Jackson team to execute this auction successfully,” said Pratte. “The logistics of photographing, removing, cataloguing, crating, transporting and then reassembling the Automobilia collection at the auction site along with my vehicles was nothing short of incredible. I am extremely satisfied by the results, and want to thank all those on the Barrett-Jackson team that helped make this happen.

“It was especially rewarding to see the crowds and the overwhelming success on Tuesday, the first day of the auction [of Pratte’s vehicles], especially after so many naysayers questioned the wisdom of this strategy. The Futurliner moment was one I will always remember, as the outpouring of support for our veterans made me extremely proud.”

Saturday’s auction featured select cars from the collection, beginning with two feature lots – the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special (Lot #2500) and the 1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus (Lot #2501).  The Bonneville Special quickly sold for $3.3 million and was followed by the $4 million purchase of the Futurliner. The Futurliner’s proceeds, in addition to $650,000 in additional pledges, went 100% to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. Following the incredible start, the captivated auction arena carried the same ambiance throughout the remainder of the collection, including the one and only 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake (Lot# 2509), selling for $5.1 million.

“When we look back on historic moments in automotive history, the sale of Ron Pratte’s Collection will be among the most remembered,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The sale of the Super Snake for $5.1 million is a tribute to the lasting impact Carroll had on the automotive and racing worlds. Ron was an amazing steward of these fantastic cars and painstakingly restored, serviced and maintained them over the years. The sale of the Ron Pratte Collection wasn’t as much about quantity, as it was about quality. The new owners of these cars have a wonderful opportunity to carry on that legacy.”

The top-10 selling vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection included:

  • 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake (Lot #2509) – $5.1 million
  • 1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus (Lot #2501) – $4 million
  • 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car (Lot #2500) – $3.3 million
  • 1936 Delahaye “Whatthehaye” Street-Rod (Lot #2515) – $671,000
  • 2005 Ford GT Serial #003 (Lot #2508) – $605,000
  • 2007 Blastolene B-702 Custom Roadster (Lot #2507) – $550,000
  • 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible “Carroll Shelby’s” (Lot #2511) – $550,000
  • 1969 Ford Mustang BOSS 429 (Lot #2518) – $550,000
  • 1949 MG TC Roadster Race Car (Lot #2510)– $539,000
  • 1941 Packard D’Agostino Custom “Gable” (Lot #2504) – $495,000

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BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE AUCTION RAISES OVER $8.6 MILLION FOR CHARITY WITH HELP FROM CELEBRITIES, PRO ATHLETES

 

This 1950 GM Futurliner brought in $4 million for the Armed Forces Foundation

  • Hollywood actress Sharon Stone joined Linda Vaughn, “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter,” on the auction block to help sell the ’79 Hurst Oldsmobile Olds (Lot #3004), raising $140,000 for TGen
  • Ron Pratte’s 1950 GM Futurliner (Lot #2501) raised an incredible $4,650,000 with a $4 million dollar bid and an additional $650,000 in pledges
  • Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham’s 1999 No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet Monte Carlo (Lot #3007) raised $500,000 to benefit Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jan. 20, 2015 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, raised over $8.6 million for local and national charitable organizations during its Scottsdale auction Jan. 10-18, 2015, at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. Celebrities, pro athletes and business leaders, including Hollywood actress Sharon Stone, NASCAR legends Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham, and pro golfer Bubba Watson, brought their star power and celebrity to help raise millions for U.S. veterans, children, cancer patients and others across the country.

“Our Scottsdale auction brought unbelievable vehicles and celebrity star power to help raise much needed awareness and funds for charities across the country,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “I’m proud that our auction can be a platform and a voice for generous people and companies, like Ron Pratte, Ford and GM, to support organizations who strive to make our world a better place. I’m especially grateful for the generosity of our bidders this year who helped us raise $8.6 million to support deserving individuals and families.”

Sharon Stone and Barrett-Jackson chairman and CEO Craig Jackson auction off this 1979 Hurst Olds Cutlass to raise $140,000 for TGen.Hollywood actress, Sharon Stone and “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn, combined their celebrity status to support The Cancer Research Fund at TGen in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson. Hammering in at $140,000, the ’79 Hurst Oldsmobile Olds is one of the last Hurst vehicles presented to Linda Vaughn for her dedication to the Hurst brand.

Among the most electrifying moments of the auction was the sale of the ’50 GM Futurliner (Lot #2501), which was donated by Ron Pratte. Set against the backdrop of a packed house with audience members waving American flags, the Futurliner sold for $4 million to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation.

“We have a deep appreciation for the service and bravery of our nation’s military,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The energy in the room when the GM Futurliner rolled on the block was infectious and tangible. We were also moved when wounded veterans joined us on the block during the auction of the Victory Cross County motorcycle benefitting Ride to Recovery. These were inspirational moments in Barrett-Jackson history that everyone in attendance, as well as those who watched on TV and online, will remember for years to come.”

Davis purchased the Victory Cross Country motorcycle for $90,000 to support Ride 2 Recovery. In an incredible show of appreciation, business leader and philanthropist Brett Torino matched Davis’ donation to bring the total donation up to $180,000. Ride 2 Recovery, which features cycling as its core activity, is produced by the Fitness Challenge, a 501(c)(3), in partnership with the Military and VA Volunteer Service Office to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation programs for our country’s wounded veterans and healing heroes.

NASCAR racing legends Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham were on the auction block when their 1999 No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet Monte Carlo (Lot #3007) sold for $500,000 to benefit Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. Gordon’s car won the inaugural Busch Series event at Phoenix International Raceway in 1999. The team’s Pepsi-sponsored cars ran six races with Gordon as driver and Evernham as crew chief.

Ford CEO Mark Fields and Aaron Shelby, Carroll Shelby’s grandson, piloted the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R,VIN #001 (Lot #3008), on the block in support of JDRF. Selling to a full auction house, the crowd favorite GT350R sold for $1 million.

Bubba Watson, pro golfer and two-time Masters champion, was on the block when his ’39 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Hardtop Roadster (Lot #3005) hammered in at $410,000. Proceeds from Watson’s donation will benefit Birdies for the Brave, which supports critical programs and services to meet the specialized needs of wounded veterans and military.

Other charity cars included:

  • 2015 Jeep Wrangler Custom SUV (Lot #3001) – $85,000
  • 2015 BMW M5 (Lot #3002) – $700,000
  • 2016 Cadillac CTS-V (Lot# 3003) – $170,000
  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible “1st Retail” (Lot #3006) – $800,000

Celebrities who came to Scottsdale to participate in the excitement and energy of the auction were in no short supply. In addition to those who were on the auction block to support charity, other celebrities in attendance included:

  • Tim Allen, actor
  • CeeLo Green, pop music artist
  • Michael Anthony, former Van Halen bass player
  • Alice Cooper, rock music artist
  • Arie Luyendyk, retired race car driver
  • Frankie Muniz, actor
  • John Schneider, actor
  • Paul Teutel, Orange County Choppers co-founder
  • Doug Ducey, governor of Arizona
  • Reggie Jackson, retired American baseball legend and National Baseball Hall of Fame member
  • Shane Doane, captain of the Arizona Coyotes
  • Jacoby Ellsbury, center fielder for the New York Yankees
  • Chip Ganassi, NASCAR team owner and retired race car driver
  • Rick Hendrick, NASCAR team owner
  • Sir Sterling Moss, former Formula 1 driver
  • Don Prudhomme, NHRA racing legend
  • Bobby Rahal, IndyCar team owner and retired race car driver
  • Richard Rawlings, entrepreneur and reality TV star
  • Bill Simpson, retired race car driver
  • Steven Seagal, actor

Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham donated this 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Busch Series stock car. The donation brought in $500,000 for the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation.Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham donated this 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Busch Series stock car. The donation brought in $500,000 for the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.

Bubba Watson donated his 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Roadster to raise $410,000 for Birdies for the Brave.

Bubba Watson donated his 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Roadster to raise $410,000 for Birdies for the Brave.

 

BARRETT-JACKSON REACHES HISTORIC HIGHS FOR SALES, CROWDS AND CELEBRITY APPEARANCES IN SCOTTSDALE

The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special kicked off the selection of vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection on Saturday, January 17. The 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special kicked off the selection of vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection on Saturday, January 17.

• Barrett-Jackson sold 1,611 vehicles, which went for more than $130 million (unaudited), smashing records in the company’s 44-year history during the 10-day auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale
• Automobilia sales nearly tripled world records, with 2,000 pieces selling for more than $6.55 million
• Celebrity attendance and crowds, along with ratings on Discovery and Velocity, spike

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jan. 18, 2015 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, reached historic highs during the Scottsdale auction at WestWorld from Jan. 10-18, 2015. During the 10-day auction, Barrett-Jackson recorded more than $130 million in vehicle sales (unaudited) and a world record $6.55 million in automobilia sales (unaudited), making it the highest auction in sales to date. The Ron Pratte Collection alone brought in over $40.44 million in vehicle and automobilia sales.

“This year’s Scottsdale auction was on a scale unlike anything in our 44-year history,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “From sales and consignments to our ratings on Discovery and Velocity, we smashed records at every level. Our week kicked off with a gala and continued to build excitement with our largest vehicle consignment in history, including the sale of the Ron Pratte Collection on Tuesday. Everyone who attended this year’s Scottsdale auction was a part of automotive history.”

In addition to the record-setting docket, a record number of bidders attended the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction for a chance to purchase from the wide range of American muscle, European classics, exotic sports cars and one-of-a-kind customs. The top 10 cars sold in Scottsdale include:

• 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake (Lot #2509) – $5.1 million
• 1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus (Lot #2501) – $4 million
• 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car (Lot #2500) – $3.3 million
• 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Franay (Lot #5087) – $1.65 million
• 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster (Lot #5090) – $1.595 million
• 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (Lot #5075) – $1.1 million
• 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet (Lot #5086) – $1.045 million
• 1936 Delahaye “Whatthehaye” Street-Rod (Lot #2515) – $671,000
• 1991 Ferrari F40 (Lot #5071) – $643,500
• 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet (Lot #5076) – $643,500

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Ron and building his collection over the years,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “It’s been as equally rewarding to work with him to prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime sale of his vehicles. Ron took great pride in the cars and automobilia. He painstakingly restored many of the vehicles, making them truly outstanding collectibles. It’s wonderful to see ownership of some amazing vehicles pass along to new collectors.”

Led by the 1950 GM Futurliner (Lot #2501) that raised $4,650,000 ($4 million bid and $650,000 in additional pledges) on Saturday evening, a total of 10 cars crossed the Scottsdale auction to raise $8,635,000 to benefit local and national charities. The Futurliner was donated by Pratte, a Vietnam veteran, to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. The other nine charity auctions were:

• 2015 Jeep Wrangler Custom SUV (Lot #3001), donated by SEMA to benefit Child Help and Victory Junction – $85,000
• 2015 BMW M5 (Lot #3002), donated by BMW to BMW Car Club of America Foundation and Tire Rack Street Survival Program – $700,000
• 2016 Cadillac CTS-V (Lot #3003), donated by GM to benefit College for Creative Studies – $170,000
• 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst (Lot #3004), donated by Joe Riley for Cancer Research Fund at TGen in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson – $140,000
• 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Roadster (Lot #3005), donated by Bubba Watson for Birdies for the Brave – $410,000
• 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible “1st Retail” (Lot #3006), donated by GM for United Way – $800,000
• 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Busch Series Stock Car (Lot #3007), donated by Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham for Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation – $500,000
• Ford Shelby GT350R VIN #001 Coupe (Lot #3008) donated by Ford for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – $1,000,000
• 2014 Victory Cross Country 8-Ball Motorcycle (Lot #3009), anonymously donated to benefit Ride 2 Recovery – $180,000

The 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction was a star-studded extravaganza and included some of the brightest celebrities on the movie screen and TV, as well as from the sports industry and corporate world. Some of the biggest stars included four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and Hollywood stars Sharon Stone and Tim Allen. Other popular luminaries included:

• CeeLo Green, pop music artist
• Rodney Atkins, country music artist
• Thompson Square, country music duo
• Alice Cooper, rock music artist
• Reggie Jackson, MLB Hall of Famer
• Michael Anthony, rock music artist
• Steven Seagal, actor

Barrett-Jackson’s new relationship with Velocity and Discovery Channel premiered with a spike in ratings for the channel during auction coverage in Scottsdale. Throughout 2015, Velocity and Discovery Channel will broadcast more than 100 hours of coverage that will include auctions in West Palm Beach, Fla., as well as Reno and Las Vegas, Nev., in 2015. The top three manufacturers including Ford Motor Company, GM and Dodge showcased their latest models and offered interactive activities for auction guests.

CELEBRITIES, INDUSTRY ICONS AND LUMINARIES GATHER AT BARRETT-JACKSON TO CELEBRATE THE AUTOMOTIVE LIFESTYLE AND RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY

  • Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction becomes a gathering place of high-profile celebrities
  • Industry icons and other luminaries raise millions for charity through the power of the Barrett-Jackson auction block
  • The automotive lifestyle event turns the desert into a star-studded party

DSC_2968Singer-songwriter Ceelo Green and canine companion at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale yesterday.

SCOTTSDALE – Jan. 17, 2015 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, has become the gathering place of celebrities, sports stars, captains of industry and other luminaries to meet and raise money for charity. Almost $3 million dollars has already been raised for worthy causes by an incredible group of superstars at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz. More celebrity-connected vehicles are set to cross the block over the next two days.

“Barrett-Jackson has evolved into the ultimate celebration of the high-octane lifestyle,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Much like the Formula One circuit, Kentucky Derby and the Superbowl, Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale attracts some of the brightest stars on the movie screen, on the playing court and field, as well as the corporate world.”

Some of the biggest names include four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, TV star Richard Rawlings, actress Sharon Stone, NFL star Patrick Petersen, and local businessman Ron Pratte. The list of luminaries who have attended this year’s event also include:

  • Michael Anthony
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio
  • Alice Cooper
  • Shane Doane
  • Jacoby Ellsbury
  • CeeLo Green
  • Chip Ganassi
  • Rick Hendrick
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Sterling Moss
  • Actor Frankie Muniz
  • Don Prudhomme
  • Bobby Rahal
  • John Schneider
  • Bill Simpson
  • Paul Teutel
  • Linda Vaughn

In addition to those top names, Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields and Doug Ducey, governor of Arizona will also be onsite.

During the first few days of the auction, four cars have direct connections to these celebrities. Sharon Stone and Linda Vaughn sold a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Hurst Coupe (Lot# 3004) for $140,000 with all proceeds benefitting the cancer research fund at TGEN in memory of Russ and Brian Jackson. Bubba Watson sold a custom 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Roadster (Lot# 3005) for $410,000 to benefit Birdies for the Brave, which helps American veterans. A 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Busch Series stock car from the legendary duo of Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham (Lot# 3007) secured $500,000 for the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.

Manufacturers are also a big part of the auction’s fundraising activities. General Motors donated the first retail 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible (Lot #3006), which raised $800,000 for United Way, and the retail production unit 2016 Cadillac CTS-V (Lot #3003) brought $410,000 for the College for Creative Studies. A 2015 BMW 30th Anniversary M5 – Special Edition (Lot# 3002) purchased by racing powerhouse Rick Hendrick for $700,000 to benefit the non-profit BMW Car Club of America Foundation, which has an active “Street Survival” teen driving program. Ford’s donation of the first production unit of the new generation Shelby GT350 (Lot #3008) will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Ron Pratte will auction his incredible 1950 GM Futurliner (Lot #2501) to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. Pratte, a Vietnam Veteran, chose to benefit AFF as it was established to protect and promote the physical, mental and emotional wellness of military service members, veterans and their families.

“Not only do the rich and famous come here to rub shoulders with their peers, they also leverage the incredible international power of the Barrett-Jackson brand to raise money for great causes,” said Jackson. “We’re humbled to have the opportunity to join them and have such a positive impact on the lives of so many.”

For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Bidder/Home.

 

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Reno-Tahoe, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature 100 hours of live television coverage in 2015, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.

 

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RON PRATTE COLLECTION SALES SOAR TUESDAY DURING BARRETT-JACKSON AUCTION

  • More than 100 cars from the Ron Pratte Collection sold on Tuesday for more than $13 million, including a 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington Pickup (Lot #2010) that sold for $374,000
  • More than 1,600 pieces of automobilia from the Pratte Collection were sold for more than $4.9 million, including the top seller, a 1930s Harley-Davidson neon porcelain sign for $86,250
  • Additional cars from the Ron Pratte Collection, including the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake and the Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car, will cross the block on Saturday, Jan. 17

BJAZ_2010Top seller from Tuesday’s sale of vehicles from the Ron Pratte Collection was this 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington Pickup
(Lot #2010), which sold for $374,000.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Jan. 13, 2015 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced today that sales during Tuesday’s Ron Pratte Collection auction soared, reaching more than $13 million, which included 110 vehicles and more than 1,600 pieces of automobilia pieces. Top vehicle sales included the 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington Pickup (Lot #2010), which sold for $374,000, and the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Coupe (Lot #2015) that sold for $330,000. Additional cars from the Collection, including the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, will cross the block on Saturday.

“The Ron Pratte Collection is known as one of the broadest and most eclectic collections in the world,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Our debut broadcast on Discovery, featuring Tuesday’s Pratte Collection, brought astounding numbers. The hammer prices of both the Pratte automobilia and vehicles underscore the vibrancy of today’s collector car market.”

Tuesday’s top selling vehicles and crowd favorites from the Ron Pratte Collection included:

  • 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington Pickup (Lot #2010) for $374,000
  • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Coupe (Lot #2015) for $330,000
  • 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Yenko 427 (Lot #2016) for $275,000
  • Beverly Hillbillies Custom Truck (Lot #2005) for $275,000
  • 1932 Ford Custom Show Roadster (Lot #2038) for $269,50

Automobilia pieces from the Collection were also in high demand during Tuesday’s auction. Those that hammered in at the highest prices included a 1930’s Harley-Davidson neon porcelain sign (Lot #8997) for $86,250, a 1950’s Humble Esso Aviation Products neon porcelain sign (Lot #8991) for $80,500 and a Beacon Security Gasoline porcelain sign (Lot #8931) for $47,150.

“Ron’s love for cars began when he owned a gas station many years ago and owning a collection of this magnitude was a lifelong dream come true,” added Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Mr. Pratte had the majority of his collection completely restored, making these cars the finest example of their marque and model. With the sale of his collection, Ron is giving the next generation of collectors the chance to own some truly amazing automobile history.”

Some of the most anticipated cars from the Ron Pratte Collection, including the Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, the Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car and the Howard Hughes Buick Roadmaster, will cross the block on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Barrett-Jackson is now accepting consignments for West Palm Beach, April 17-19, 2015. http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com/Consignment/Home/OpenRequest

For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to http://www.barrett-jackson.com/Bidder/Home.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Reno-Tahoe, Nevada. With broadcast partners Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will feature 100 hours of live television coverage in 2015, including broadcasts in over 100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.Barrett-Jackson.com, or call 480-421-6694.

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