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Barrett-Jackson 45th Anniversary Auction Kicks Off 2016 With Record Sales, Charity and Star-Studded Entertainment

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. –Feb. 2, 2016 Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, kicked off its 45th anniversary year with their biggest event of 2016, achieving record car sales and charity auctions, as well as delivering star-studded entertainment from Jan. 23-31, 2016, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. During the automotive lifestyle event, 1,469 vehicles sold for over $102 million (unaudited) at a 99% sell-through rate and over 1,400 pieces of automobilia sold for nearly $3 million (unaudited) bringing the total sales to over $105 million. Approximately 350,000 people attended the 45th Anniversary Auction, including many of today’s most recognizable celebrities.

“Our 45th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction was an incredible success at every level,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Because our events are far more than just a parade of vehicles across the block, we continue to attract the most people, the best cars and create the greatest automotive lifestyle experience in the world. From an unbelievable acoustic performance by Zac Brown Band at our Opening Night Gala to record-setting auction results over the nine-day event, Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale is the centerpiece for a high-octane lifestyle.”

Lot #1392 – 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach – $1,760,000

Lot #1392 – 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach – $1,760,000

The Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction gave bidders the chance to select from a wide range of American muscle, European classics, exotic sports cars and one-of-a-kind customs. The top cars sold in Scottsdale include:

“Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale continues to be the barometer for car collecting,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “It’s clear that this hobby is fueled by cars that people can connect with, which is why we created such a diverse docket. From the hottest exotics like the Porsche 918 to the coolest American muscle and hot rods, we had something for every taste.”

The much-anticipated VIN #001 2017 Acura NSX (Lot #3007) brought in $1.2 million from NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick. 100 percent of the hammer price will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground.

The much-anticipated VIN #001 2017 Acura NSX (Lot #3007) brought in $1.2 million from NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick. 100 percent of the hammer price will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground.

Once again, charitable giving was a significant part of the auction action as 11 vehicles crossed the Scottsdale block, including the 2017 Acura NSX VIN #001. They cumulatively raised $3,406,000 to benefit local and national non-profit organizations. The charity cars auctioned at No Reserve were:

Barrett-Jackson has raised over $88 million for local and national charities to date.

The 2016 Scottsdale auction included a variety of entertaining exhibits and attractions that included activities for the entire family. Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge conducted Ride ’N Drives and Thrill Rides in their latest vehicle line-up. Some of the hottest entertainers in the industry, as well as from the sports industry and corporate world were also in attendance; the list included Hollywood greats Michael Bay, Jay Leno, Burt Reynolds and Frankie Muniz, three-time Grammy Award-winners Zac Brown Band, Detroit rocker Ted Nugent; two-time masters champ Bubba Watson; pro rally driver Ken Block; NASCAR greats Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano; 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force; MLB players Marco Estrada, Jacoby Ellsbury and Paul Konerko; and NHL players Shane Doan and Mike Smith of the Arizona Coyotes, as well as Andrew Ladd of the Winnipeg Jets.

Velocity and Discovery Channel aired 37 hours of live auction coverage in Scottsdale.

Photos courtesy Barrett-Jackson.

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