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Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Auction Sets World Records

Posted: Aug. 25th, 2009  |  By James Rothaar Freelance Writer |
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Luxury Automotive News: The recently held Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance kept the event's legacy intact as being among the world's greatest automobile shows. The yearly extravaganza held in Pebble Beach, Calif., attracts a mixed upscale audience that includes car collectors, buyers and sellers, patrons of the art, automotive technology buffs, and more. The Concours d'Elegance features a best of show competition, a 17-mile tour open to all entrants, a collectibles and memorabilia forum, the AFAS Exhibition, and, perhaps the most anticipated event of the affair, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance auction.

Rest assured this year's auction, the fourth managed by luxury-auto auctioneers Gooding & Company, did not disappoint. Three world records were set in regard to highest sales price of a 1953 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Drop Head Coupe's sale at $1.65 million, a 1953 Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster's at $192,500 and a 1938 Buick Limited Series 80 Opera Brougham at $506,000. A 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Special Coupe once owned by Ettore Bugatti, sold for $1.375 million, while a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, at $2.75 million, was the highest priced lot of the auction. Overall, 74 lots (cars) sold for more than $21 million, according to Gooding & Company.

Several American racecars with historical accolades from the collection of Don and Joan Lyons sold for more than $1 million. The vehicle instrumental in launching the career of legendary racecar driver Mario Andretti, a 1964 Dean Van Lines Roadster, was the leader of the pack at $231,000.

A 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet, owned by Robert M. Lee, won the 2009 Best of Show award. Mr. Lee is now among the prestigious alumni of repeat winners of the BOS award, having also been awarded the honor in 2006 with his 1931 Daimler Double-Six 50 Corsica Drophead Coupe.

Mark August 15, 2010, on your calendar for the next PB Concours d'Elegance. For more information, visit Pebble BeachConcours.com. For details on luxury-automobile auctions by Gooding & Company, visit GoodingCo.com.

For JustLuxe James Rothaar
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