Records set to tumble as auction fever looms large in Scottsdale

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The world’s biggest auction houses are hoping that 2013 will get off to a flying start in Scottsdale, as they bring their most prized lots to the season-opening sales extravaganza, which kicks off on Monday.

Gooding will be looking to secure the highest price as it leads with a 1958 Ferrari 250GT LWB California Spider (main picture) and a unique 1957 Maserati 150GT Spyder (above). The latter served as a prototype for cars such as the 300S.

Last year’s Scottsdale week brought in sales totalling nearly $182million as more than 2000 classics crossed the block, averaging £85,000 per vehicle. Gooding took the highest 'per-car' sale rate with an astonishing $343,000.

RM will be looking to serve up some highlights of its own, though. The Ontario-based auction house’s top lots include a 1965 Ford GT40, one of 31 Mk1s, and a 1960 Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta ‘Competizione’. It has been exhibited at Pebble Beach, The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering and Villa d’Este.

Meanwhile, the Oldenburg Family Automobile Collection will star at Bonhams’ second year in Arizona, featuring a 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV and a Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona of the same vintage.

A restored ex-William ‘Bill’ Borchert Larsen 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Faux Cabriolet will head up the non-Oldenburg cars.

Finally, Barrett-Jackson will put US classics under the hammer, including the original Batmobile and The Green Hornet 1968 Shelby Mustang EXP500 prototype.

Keep up to date with all the news from Scottsdale as it happens on C&SC.com.

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