The Petersen Automotive Museum Auction

  • RM Sotheby’s moves Southern California auction to Los Angeles’ renowned Petersen Automotive Museum
  • 8 December sale to feature 50-60 blue-chip motor cars, hand-selected by RM Sotheby’s global team of car specialists
  • Los Angeles sale to mirror RM Sotheby’s groundbreaking New York auctions held biennially at Sotheby’s global headquarters
  • Additional information and early entries available at rmsothebys.com

CULVER CITY, California (24 July 2018) – Fresh on the heels of more exciting news for the company’s flagship West Coast event, RM Sotheby’s is delighted to announce the addition of a Los Angeles auction to its growing global calendar, to be held at the world-renowned Petersen Automotive Museum, Saturday, 8 December.

For the past five years, the RM Sotheby’s Group has hosted its Southern California event in Santa Monica under the RM Auctions and former Auctions America banner. Moving to the Petersen in LA proper for 2018, the caliber of the event will be akin to RM Sotheby’s groundbreaking, watershed, New York collector car auctions, held biennially at Sotheby’s global headquarters in Manhattan (Art of the Automobile in 2013, Driven by Disruption in 2015, and ICONS in 2017). The Los Angeles sale will feature approximately 50-60 blue-chip automobiles, hand-selected by RM Sotheby’s global team of 30 car specialists.

Southern California is a hotbed for car culture in the United States, and Los Angeles captures not only diverse collecting tastes, but also all the hobby has to offer, from ocean-view driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, to carving through the technical courses provided by local canyons. Coupled with the amenities of a world-class international city, RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles auction will certainly provide a destination weekend for bidders from around the world.

The Petersen, one of the world’s premier automotive museums housing hundreds of rare and collectible cars, is the perfect backdrop for this sale focusing on some of the hobby’s most sought-after automobiles. Since its inception in 1994, the Petersen Automotive Museum has played host to exhibits that have captured the attention of the automotive world. The Museum currently houses “The Porsche Effect,” which includes dozens of the marque’s finest street and racing cars, as well as “The Roots of Monozukuri,” exploring the craft and history of Japanese cars.

“We’ve enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the entire team of passionate enthusiasts at the Petersen Automotive Museum, and I cannot think of a better auction venue in LA,” says Alexander Weaver, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Our Saturday auction will draw the automotive faithful for an evening of rare ownership opportunities coupled with a feast for the eyes inside the Petersen. We look forward to bringing collectors together for this special event on the West Coast as we have on the East.”

Additional early entries for the Los Angeles auction will be available in the coming weeks. For further event information, please visit rmsothebys.com. To speak with an RM Sotheby’s car specialist about entering your important motor car in the Los Angeles auction, please call +1 519 352 4575.


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