Duesenbergs dominate Auctions America's Auburn sale

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Locally built cars dominated the top-sellers at Auctions America's latest sale, held during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival from 28 August to 1 September.

A 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe sold for $1,540,000, a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Sports Sedan for $962,500 and a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual-Cowl Phaeton for $858,000.

The auction house sold a total of 1123 cars – an 80% sale rate – raising some $28million, with other high-flyers being a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona ($434,500) and a 1933 Auburn Twelve Boattail Speedster ($371,250).

It wasn't all about individual lots, however. Renowned collector Kirk F White sold 404 lots of memorabilia and several of his important hot rods, while Ed Ewing’s collection of 94 eclectic cars included a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible ($220,000), a 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback ($200,000) and a 1961 Fiat 500 Jolly that sold for a monumental $99,000.

There was a record turnout of spectators, too, with more than 70,000 enthusiasts flocking to the historic Auburn Auction Park, nearly 40% up on last year's attendance.

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