Bonhams, Westin Kierland Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 19, 2012
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
Bonhams joined the Arizona auction extravaganza this year, finding a choice location at the Westin Kierland Resort just across Scottsdale Road from the Scottsdale airport, about as centrally located as it’s possible to be and verdantly situated in something of an oasis of green grass, manicured bushes and plentiful close-in hardtop parking.
It was refreshing and rivaled RM’s Phoenix location at the Biltmore but with more grass. Grass is a rare luxury in Scottsdale, the antithesis of dust, gravel, cactus and prickly bushes that are the Valley of the Sun’s native environment, as pretty much anyone who’s parked at WestWorld knows only too well.
With a 64.7% sale rate and just under $6 million total Bonhams didn’t set any Scottsdale records but the cars on offer were better than the numbers indicate, particularly the ex-Marlene Dietrich Rolls-Royce. The Stutz faux-Bearcat was a driver’s dream and several barn-find cars excited the bidders’ imaginations.
The sale started in Bonhams’ style with a choice selection of automobilia and art highlighted by an offering from David E. Davis’s collection that had collectors in their seats early, holding their paddles in the air with determination.
First time in Scottsdale? Bonhams did it right and set themselves on a path to success.
Ed Lenahan ably assisted in reviewing the Bonhams cars. A full list of the cars offered is found here.