Auctions America kicked off its 2013 auction calendar this past weekend with a highly successful sale in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, generating more than $17.5 million in total sales with 74 percent of all lots sold. Held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, the three-day sale more than lived up to its reputation as South Florida's premier collector car auction, attracting bidders from 15 countries around the world and 38 states across the U.S.
Taking top sale honors was an iconic, concours-quality 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing,” which attracted enthusiastic bidding during Saturday's sale session, realizing a final sales price of $880,000 to applause from the crowd. Other highlights included a legendary 1963 Shelby Cobra which spurred a lively bidding war, eventually selling for an incredible $533,500; a stunning 2012 Lexus LFA, just 400 miles from new, which achieved $319,000; and an exceptional 1932 Lincoln KB Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton, which garnered $275,000. The highly anticipated 1951 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe Convertible, formerly owned by the King of Cool, Steve McQueen, and featured in the final movie of his illustrious career, The Hunter, sold for $88,000. Owners Rick and Corey Harrison of the History Channel's hit TV series Pawn Stars were thrilled to be on the block to witness the car sell before a lively crowd.
Additional sale highlights include a pair of Shelbys - a 1967 Shelby GT500 and a 1967 Shelby GT350 which sold for $151,250 and $110,000 respectively; a beautiful pair of Mercedes-Benz 190SLs - including a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL and a 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL which achieved $155,100 and $110,000; an impeccably restored 1953 Buick Skylark, for $181,500; and a pristine 1960 Fiat Jolly 600 Convertible which attracted enthusiastic bidding, realizing a strong $77,000.