As the commotion of the world-famous August auctions, including the showpiece events in Monterey, is now well-and-truly over, we take a look back at the mind-blowing numbers achieved.

2017 auction sales value by auction house

Auction StartAuction EndAuction EventAuction HouseTotal Value Sales USD
18/08/201719/08/2017Monterey 2017RM Sotheby's$132,780,950.00
18/08/201719/08/2017The Pebble Beach Auctions 2017Gooding & Company$91,421,000.00
18/08/201718/08/2017Quail Lodge AuctionBonhams$57,452,700.00
17/08/201719/08/2017Monterey 2017Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers$25,826,750.00
03/08/201705/08/2017Harrisburg 2017Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers$14,273,250.00
17/08/201719/08/2017Monterey 2017Russo and Steele Auctions$7,140,925.00
17/08/201717/08/2017Pacific Grove 2017Worldwide Auctioneers$7,094,600.00
26/08/201726/08/2017King's Lynn August 2017Anglia Car Auctions$1,447,910.00
28/08/201728/08/2017Sydney Winter ClassicShannon's Limited$1,328,772.00
20/08/201720/08/2017The Clem Smith CollectionMossgreen$1,013,485.00
19/08/201719/08/2017Errol August 2017Morris Leslie$576,133.00
12/08/201712/08/2017Pickering August 2017Mathewsons$439,090.00
17/08/201717/08/2017Modern ClassicsBrightwells$171,680.00
19/08/201719/08/2017Vintage SaleCheffins$15,416.00

This year RM Sotheby’s topped the Monterey sales with almost $133 million being raised from the sale of 103 collector cars - a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 that sold for $22 million was perhaps the most anticipated lot. In contrast, during 2016 Gooding & Company was the leading auction house by sales with $130 million sold at auction.

The above table shows all August auctions, 14 in total, 6 of which were tied to Monterey week. The top 4 events, by sales total, were all held at Monterey by RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams, Gooding & Company and Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers. In total all 6 Monterey auctions sold $322 million of collector cars in a week period. To put that into perspective, the total sold at all 14 August auctions this year was $341 million.

2002 - 2017 Collector Car Auction Sales Totals (August)

Total Value of Collector Car Sales (August Auctions)

As we predicted, auction totals for this years August auctions were almost identical to those held during 2016 (although there were 2 more auctions this year). As noted $341 million sold this year compared to $334 million in 2016.

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