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Yes, it’s January and that means the 2012 auction season officially begins with a bevy of auctions this week in Arizona.  The most famous—or, for some collectors, infamous—of the auctions is the Barrett-Jackson auction, which can also be viewed on the Speed channel.  Amazing as it may seem, a total of six auctions will be held!  In addition to the Barrett-Jackson sale, auctions will be held by Gooding & Company, RM Auctions, Russo & Steele, Silver Auctions and newcomer this year, Bonhams.  It’s estimated that approximately 2,100 vehicles will be offered by the six companies.  Looking through the lists of vehicles offered for sale, it’s safe to say that there is truly something for everyone. Five of the auctions will be held in Scottsdale.  One company will hold its auction elsewhere—Silver Auctions is held in Fort McDowell.  Most of the high dollar cars will appear at the RM, Gooding and Bonham’s sale, although several big Classics will be sold by Barrett-Jackson this year.  If you can’t make it Arizona (or, if you go to Arizona and have some money left over)  you can attend the Classic Motorcar auction on Saturday, March 31 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.

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Otto January 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

I watched Barrett-Jackson's first round on the Speed Channel. Lots of Mustangs, Corvettes and other entry level cars, which is typical Tuesday night fodder. Other than an absolutely horrible modified Cord, the overall quality of the offerinsg seemed to be up a notch from prior years. The biggest surprise was the number of bidders. The crowd was the largest I've ever seen for a Tuesday by far. It will be interesting to see what happens as the week goes on, more valuable cars are offered and the other Scottsdale auctions kick in.

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