The Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. returned to a live auction in Scottsdale over the weekend, pulling in big numbers in its first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
The auction, held at WestWorld of Scottsdale Oct. 22-24, pulled in a total $23.5 million for 442 vehicles, all of which were sold without a reserve. The auction also brought in $634,000 in autombilia sales and another $845,000 from three charity vehicles.
Craig Jackson, the company's chairman and CEO, said in a press release the first in-person event since its big annual Scottsale sale last January provided a lot for buyers and sellers.
“The feedback from our attendees was overwhelmingly positive," he said. "Our guests were sincerely appreciative of the efforts we took to put health and safety at the forefront during this auction. Working closely with the city of Scottsdale and officials from WestWorld, we demonstrated that we could host live events and maintain the highest standards of safety. "
The effort provided a window into the ways the company's big Scottsdale auction in January 2021 will operate.
Below are the top sellers from the weekend auction
Charity cars included a 2016 Ford Focus RS RX driven by Ken Block that earned $200,000 that benefited Team Rubicon, a California-based disaster response nonprofit.
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said in a press release the auction house did a good job on its safety protocols to keep attendees safe.
“They’ve demonstrated how an in-person event can be successfully managed," he said. "We appreciate their commitment to protecting the health of everyone who attended the event and look forward to working with them on their next Scottsdale auction.”
The annual January auction is a huge draw for Scottsdale and the centerpiece of a larger Valley collector car auction circut that has been greatly diminished by closures caused by the novel coronavirus.