Saratoga Auto Auction hits $6 million in sales

Vehicle being auctioned at the 2018 Saratoga Auto Auction (photo credit: Relentless)

Auction reaches 64 percent sell-thru rate in its second year; major fundraiser for the Saratoga Automobile Museum and its distracted driving safety initiative

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Oct. 9, 2018) — The Saratoga Automobile Museum (“SAM”) has announced that the Saratoga Auto Auction, in its second year and having taken place on Sept. 21 and 22, sold nearly $6 million in vehicles and automobile memorabilia.

“The Saratoga Auto Auction is a tremendous undertaking and its success could not have been realized without the incredible partners and sponsors that the museum was able to attract,” said Kevin Biebel, board chairman, Saratoga Automobile Museum. “Bravo and kudos to the entire staff and team of volunteers at the Saratoga Auto Museum for putting together another world-class auction. In just two years, this event has become a signature attraction for car collectors.”

The auction serves as the museum’s major fundraiser for the year. Proceeds from the auction support the museum’s distracted driving safety initiative as well as overall museum programming.

“The success of this auction is a huge win for the future of the museum’s initiatives, most notably our distracted driving safety program that no doubt has saved an untold number of casualties,” said Carly Connors, executive director.

Total sales were $5.8 million. The sell-thru rate for the auction was 64 percent, a substantial increase year-over-year from the inaugural 2017 auction. The auction also increased its lots from 200 to nearly 300 from 2017.

“This year’s auction solidified the Saratoga Auto Auction’s standing among major, national auction houses,” said Jeff Whiteside, auction director. “The sheer quality of the consignments this year was simply phenomenal. And without a doubt, the inclusion of the renowned Dammerman Collection as part of this year’s auction helped rev up our overall efforts.”

The average sale price was $30,275. Top sellers at the auction included:

+ Lot 673S (1966 Batmobile Replica): $98,000
+ Lot 509F (1958 Chevrolet Impala): $105,600
+ Lot 703S (1965 Austin Healey): $106,700
+ Lot 695S (1959 Chevrolet Impala): $121,000
+ Lot 697S (1953 Buick Skylark): $121,000
+ Lot 702S (1957 Jaguar XK140): $121,000

The 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction will take place on Sept. 20 and 21, 2019 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. To consign a vehicle for the 2019 auction, contact Jeff Whiteside at jeff.whiteside@saratogaautomuseum.org or by phone at (518) 587–1935 ext. 22.

For more information about the Saratoga Automobile Museum, visit saratogaautomuseum.org. For more information about the Saratoga Auto Auction, visit saratogaautoauction.org.

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About the Saratoga Automobile Museum: The Saratoga Automobile Museum was organized in 1999, and opened to the public in 2002. The Museum’s mission is to preserve, interpret and exhibit automobiles and automotive artifacts. We celebrate the automobile and educate the general public, students and enthusiasts regarding the role of the automobile in New York State and in the wider world. In addition to technical and design aspects, our educational focus is on the past, present and future social and economic impact of the automobile.

The Museum is located within the 2,500 acre Saratoga Spa State Park, in the heart of historic Saratoga Springs, New York, world famous for its legendary, much honored one-mile thoroughbred track. The museum’s facility is the totally restored and renovated Saratoga Bottling Plant, a beautiful neo-classic structure built in 1934. The Museum is adjacent to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and near the landmark Gideon Putnam Hotel. Within walking distance in the Park are the National Museum of Dance, the Spa Little Theatre and the lavish Hall of Springs banquet facility. saratogaautomuseum.org

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