Barrett-Jackson’s 16thannual Palm Beach auction, held last weekend, April 13-15, enjoyed record attendance, record auction sales and the largest number of registered bidders for any Palm Beach auction. Three impressive collections were sold at the auction, highlighted by renowned collector and philanthropist John Staluppi’s coveted Cars of Dreams vehicles, which all sold at No Reserve. A total of 692 vehicles were sold, nearly all at No Reserve, for more than $38.3 million, while 380 pieces of automobilia brought in more than $702,000, and $450,000 was raised through the sale of charity vehicles, bringing the total auction sales to more than $39.4 million.
“Our guests have made the Palm Beach Auction such an electrifying event year after year,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We were especially honored to be trusted to auction three incredible collections, including the ‘Cars of Dreams’ owned by our good friends Jeanette and John Staluppi. Their 145 vehicles, which all sold at No Reserve, represented some of the finest examples of ’50s, ’60s and ’70s-era American cars. It was a pleasure working alongside John and Jeanette to find new homes for the vehicles in his remarkable collection, and we so appreciate their philanthropic support of our charity efforts over the years.”
The top 10 vehicles sold during Barrett-Jackson’s four-day Palm Beach Auction:
- 2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition – $770,000
- 1959 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible* – $330,000
- 1970 Plymouth Superbird* – $286,000
- 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Custom Convertible* – $275,000
- 2006 Ford GT – $244,200
- 1959 Cadillac El Dorado Convertible* (above) – $231,000
- 1957 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible* – $231,000
- 1956 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible* – $225,500
- 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Super D-500 Convertible* – $220,000
- 1960 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 Fuelie Convertible* – $209,000
* From the John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection
Several auction sale world records were also established by vehicles from the Cars of Dreams Collection, including: “Herbie,” a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle at $128,700; a 1970 Plymouth Superbird at $286,000; a 1959 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible at $330,000; and a 1966 Ford Good Humor Truckat $117,700. Automobilia sales during this year’s event were also among the best ever in Palm Beach, with restored gas pumps and porcelain neon signs among the most sought-after pieces.