Major car auction held in California

August 18, 2013 by  

Auctions America held one of its famous events in California for the very first time recently.

Around 410 classic vehicles were up for sale at the auction in Burbank earlier this month, attracting thousands of car enthusiasts to the city.

A motorcycle which was once owned by Steve McQueen was one of the most sought after items on offer. Also included in the sale list were a number of vehicles which had previously been on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

The auction was held over three days at the Burbank Airport Marriott. One vehicle which was expected to achieve a high price was a 1957 Mercedes 300SL Roadster, which previously belonged to the actor Robert Stack, who died in 2003. The car had been given to Stack as a gift by Desi Arnaz and experts have said that it could have raised between $600,000 and $800,000 on the day, though no definite price has been revealed.

Around a third of the 400 cars held at Petersen Automotive Museum were sold over the weekend to raise money for renovation work on its Los Angeles facility. According to one expert, Vinnie Mandzak, the auction attracted lots of interest as it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy vehicles which wouldn’t usually be available to the public.

Although the event was televised over the three days, promotion prior to the auction was necessary for enthusiasts outside of Burbank. Local brochure printers may have produced materials for the show, including flyers and posters.