Auctions America continued a great Labor Day tradition, generating more than $21.55 million in sales with a solid 79 percent of all lots sold at its flagship Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend, 31 August 31–4 September at Indiana's historic Auburn Auction Park.
Coinciding with the famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, the 46th annual event drew record attendance of more than 85,000 enthusiasts (not including free preview day attendance on 31 August), presenting a weekend of fun for the whole family, from the auction block to the car corral and swap meet, and a host of thrill-seeking attractions.
With its unique dual rings, the Auburn Fall auction arena came alive during the event, with some 840 vehicles rolling across the block before packed audiences. The diversity of this year's offering was exemplified by the top five sales of the event, which include American classics, a life-size mechanical elephant, and a restomod Sting Ray Corvette. The top-selling pair of very different Model J Duesenbergs—a Convertible Sedan by Murphy as well as a Sunroof Berline by Franay—demonstrated that Classics continue to reign supreme during the ACD Festival, bringing $880,000 and $715,000 respectively, while a beautifully presented 1931 Cadillac V-12 Convertible Coupe by Fleetwood sold for a strong $368,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $200,000–$250,000. Collectors were also treated to automobilia of exceptional quality, with more than 550 fascinating lots up for bids ranging from porcelain and neon signs to rare automotive badges and mascots.
One of the most unique offerings of the sale was none other than former Auction Park resident, Wendell the Mechanical Elephant, who strutted across the arena floor during primetime Saturday before realizing a final price of $275,000. As part of Auctions America's commitment to giving back to the community in which it operates, a portion of proceeds from Wendell's sale was donated to Kate's Kart, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing new, quality books to hospitalized children in Northeast Indiana (www.kateskart.org).