Mecum Auctions Rings in the New Decade with $130 Million in January Sales

World’s Largest Collector Car and Motorcycle Auction Company Does it Again

WALWORTH, Wis. – Feb. 5, 2020 – Mecum Auctions burst into the new decade with a strong $130 million in overall sales realized in just the first month of 2020. With the hosting of both the world’s largest collector-car auction in Kissimmee, Florida, as well as the world’s largest vintage and antique motorcycle auction in Las Vegas, Mecum achieved an 83% overall sell-through rate as a jaw-dropping 5,259 lots of collector cars, motorcycles, Road Art and collectible guitars hammered sold in just over two weeks of auction action.

Mecum’s Kissimmee 2020 collector car auction, held Jan. 2-12, saw overall sales skyrocket to $105.1 million with 2,140 vehicles changing hands throughout the 11-day auction. While attendance throughout the duration of the event was exceptional with another marked increase over last year, the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park was filled to absolute capacity as the auction-headlining Bullitt Mustang (Lot F150) of movie fame approached the block for its turn under the gavel. Amidst a sea of cell phones held high in the air to capture the inevitable historic moment, a lengthy bidder battle from all sides of the floor ensued, and the gavel finally dropped with the car reaching a total sale price of $3.74 million, crowning the Bullitt as the most valuable Ford Mustang in history. [Complete top 10 sales list below.]

The 29th annual Las Vegas vintage and antique motorcycle auction this year achieved $22.6 million in overall sales as 1,540 motorcycles hammered sold for an excellent 90% sell-through rate. Held Jan. 21-26 at the South Point Hotel and Casino, the auction was topped by the sales of two of Brough Superior’s best: a 1922 Mark 1 90 Bore (Lot F166.1) that sold for $308,000 and a 1930 SS100 (Lot S141) that brought $239,250. [Complete top 10 sales list below.]

With offerings available at both annual auction events, Mecum’s Road Art division achieved total sales of $1.5 million as 1,579 items hammered sold. The division’s top seller was a one-of-a-kind, dealership-sized 1953 Litchfield Hardware Double-Sided Porcelain sign (Lot Q210) from the top-quality collection of Garrett Betts, which demanded a final sale price of $35,400. [Complete top 10 sales list below.]

Mecum’s newest division, Guitar Search by Domino, welcomed some amazingly unique and desirable instruments to the stage as well as some instantly recognizable faces with several celebrity musicians making an appearance at the Kissimmee event. Total sales from the guitar division came in at $779,489 with 163 sold in total for a 79% sell-through rate overall. The segment’s top-most seller was a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard (Lot F198.2) previously owned by Rush’s Geddy Lee, which was ultimately purchased for $253,700 by renowned guitar collector and lead musician of Cheap Trick, Rick Nielsen. In typical showman fashion, Nielsen even took to the Mecum stage with his new purchase to strum a few chords on the stunning classic instrument, driving the crowd wild with delight. [Complete top 10 sales list below.]

With combined total sales from both events reaching that $130 million mark, January 2020 went into the books as another of Mecum’s most successful months in history.

The complete top 10 collector-car sales at the Mecum Kissimmee 2020 auction include:

  1. 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt” (Lot F150) at $3,740,000
  2. 2019 McLaren Senna (Lot S113) at $1,430,000
  3. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder (Lot S111) at $1,430,000
  4. 2015 McLaren P1 (Lot S159) at $1,089,000
  5. 1967 Ford Mustang “Eleanor”® (Lot S135) at $852,500
  6. 1968 Challenger 2 Streamliner (Lot S130) at $561,000
  7. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona (Lot S192) at $544,500
  8. 1932 Duesenberg Model J Tourster (Lot T170.1) at $522,500
  9. 1966 Superformance Ford GT40 MkII (Lot S203) at $484,000
  10. 1967 Shelby GT350 Fastback (Lot F178) at $440,000

The complete top 10 motorcycle sales at the 29th annual Vintage and Antique Motorcycle Auction include:

  1. 1922 Brough Superior Mark 1 90 Bore (Lot F166.1) at $308,000
  2. 1930 Brough Superior SS100 (Lot S141) at $239,250
  3. 1956 Harley-Davidson Indian Larry Grease Monkey (Lot S181) at $220,000
  4. 1940 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead (Lot F189) at $220,000
  5. 1916 Militaire Four Cylinder (Lot F88) at $214,500
  6. 1974 Ducati 750SS (Lot S257) at $198,000
  7. 1934 Harley-Davidson CAC Speedway (Lot F188) at $181,500
  8. 2004 Indian Larry Chain Of Mystery (Lot S182) at $165,000
  9. 1953 Vincent Black Shadow (Lot F202) at $143,000
  10. 1924 Patria Ace-Henderson (Lot S104) at $137,500

The complete top 10 Road Art sales of January 2020 include:

  1. 1953 Litchfield Hardware Double-Sided Porcelain (Lot Q210) at $35,400
  2. 1922 Ford Dealership Double-Sided Milk Glass (Lot Q218) at $25,960
  3. Eleanor® Cinema Vehicle Mold Kits (Lot S136) at $23,600
  4. 1950s Entrance Arrow, Double-Sided Porcelain Neon (Lot Q208) at $23,600
  5. 1950s Garden Inn Motel, Double-Sided Porcelain Neon (Lot Q217) at $23,600
  6. 1960s OK Used Cars Double-Sided Aluminum Neon (Lot Q214) at $22,420
  7. 1919 Chevrolet Double-Sided Milk Glass (Lot Q216) at $21,240
  8. 1907 Water Sprite Rowboat Outboard Motor 2 HP (Lot P248) at $20,060
  9. 1930 Indian Silver Arrow Rowboat Outboard Motor 10 HP (Lot P229) at $14,160
  10. Oldsmobile Single-Sided Porcelain Neon (Lot Q203) at $12,980

The complete top 10 Guitar sales of January 2020 include:

  1. 1959 Gibson Geddy Lee Les Paul Standard (Lot F198.2) at $253,700
  2. 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard Scarface Electric (Lot F198.1) at $212,400
  3. 1960 Gibson Geddy Lee ES-355 (Lot S187.1) at $49,560
  4. 1956 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop Electric (Lot Q233) at $44,840
  5. 1955 Fender Geddy Lee Stratocaster (Lot Q259) at $44,840
  6. 1960 Gibson Geddy Lee ES-345 (Lot Q260) at $24,780
  7. Rickey Medlocke’s Boat, Guitar & Lake Okeechobee Fishing Trip (Lot Q269) at $24,780
  8. 1990 Gold Warwick John Entwistle Buzzard Customized Bass (Lot Q232) at $20,060
  9. 1957 Gibson Les Paul TV Special Electric (Lot Q242) at $11,800
  10. 1963 Gibson ES-175 DN (Lot Q243) at $8,260

For access to complete auction results, sign up for the free InfoNet service offered at Mecum.com. Next up for Mecum is the company’s second annual auction in Glendale, Arizona, at the State Farm Stadium. Slated for March 11-14, Glendale 2020 will feature 1,500 classic and collector cars on offer as well as 100 vintage and antique motorcycles. For more details on upcoming auctions, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, visit Mecum.com, or call (262) 275-5050 for more information.

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