Posted Jan 23rd 2013 11:57AM
Say what you will about the state of today's fragile economic times, but the 2013 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ certainly proved otherwise by generating nearly US$109 Million in gross sales. The 42nd annual auction managed to sell 1,343 high-end collectible vehicles, exotics, customs, classics, hot rods and resto-mods in front of the 300,000 gearheads in attendance, as these top cars fetched winning bids of $1-million or more.
Leading this year's crop of rare and highly coveted cars on the auction block were a pair of Hollywood icons. The 1966 Original Batmobile built by George Barris sold at an astonishing US$4.62 Million and screen legend Clark Gable's breathtaking 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe sold at US$2.035 Million.
The 2013 Scottsdale auction also helped those less fortunate by raising over US$5 Million from the sale of the 21 charity auction cars up for grabs, including the very first production 2014 Corvette Stingray and a one-off Shelby GT500 Cobra. Barrett-Jackson even set a few world records including the individual sale of a 1956 Chrysler Diablo Concept Convertible which sold for a record US$1.375 Million and a 1947 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport selling for a record US$2.035 Million.
"This has made a mark in history for Barrett-Jackson, both in numbers and in showmanship. There has never been an auction as entertaining or as personal as this one," said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO, Barrett-Jackson. "We love that enthusiasts of all kinds have contributed to this sense of charity and community. With a start like this, we can only expect big things for the rest 2013."
We're glad to see this type of excitement and bidding war action taking place at the first major collector car auction of 2013, as the event's overall sales numbers are up a healthy 17% over the previous year in Arizona.
Click here for additional photo galleries from Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale and hit the jump to read our extensive interview with Craig Jackson.