Auctions America, an RM Sotheby's company, continued the Labor Day tradition with its flagship Auburn Fall sale at the historic Auburn Auction Park. A tremendous success, the four-day auction saw total sales of $19.2 million with a strong 79 percent sell-through of all lots offered, which included more than 700 vehicles and over 250 lots of memorabilia.
A freshly renovated auction arena and constant crowds brought strong prices from Thursday through Sunday at Auburn Fall. Leading the top five was quite possibly the most significant automobile ever offered by Auctions America at the Auburn Auction Park, a 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ 'Sweep Panel' Phaeton, J-510, retaining its original body by LaGrande. Though the Model SJ did not meet its reserve on Saturday, it was quickly sold the following day for a well-deserved $2,300,000 to become the most valuable automobile sold in Auctions America history, and demonstrating the continued efforts of Auctions America's Still for Sale team after each hammer falls.
Auburn Fall once again illustrated the power of no reserve offerings, as two groups of cars from single collectors out-performed pre-sale expectations on both Friday and Saturday. On Friday, nearly all lots exceeded estimate, highlighted by a 1931 Cadillac V-8, which more than doubled its low estimate at a final $169,400 (Est. $75,000–$90,000). Saturday's results were led by the Buick Limited Convertible mentioned above, as well as a 1956 Mercury Montclair, which brought $137,500 against an estimate of $75,000–$100,000.
Another memorable auction moment came during the sale of the Private Tour of Jay Leno's Personal Garage on Saturday afternoon. After an exciting competition between bidders in the room and on the phone, the tour for four raised a final $35,000 to benefit Jay Leno's JDM Charities, as well as Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana. Auctions America also pledged to donate $25,000 of the proceeds from Auburn Fall to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.