Gooding to hold UK auction in 2022
Building on the success of its £34m dispersal of many of the cars owned by collector Hubert Fabri in September 2020, the Californian saleroom will conduct another sale at the Hampton Court Concours of Elegance on 3 September 2022, this time as official partner of the event.
Blessed with superb late-summer sunshine, the peerless Charlie Ross at the rostrum and a small (15-car) catalogue of once-in-a-lifetime entries, many of which were in effect sold at No Reserve, the 2020 event will be a hard act to follow. That sale was held under (loose) Covid restrictions. Fingers crossed, that won’t apply next time, but Brexit has made an impact on transactions conducted in the UK. The catalogue will need to focus on UK-market cars, or Blue Riband machinery that transcends borders and bothersome taxes and duties.
Gooding held two successful online sales this year with cars in the UK on view at premises close to North London. Its new live 2022 event will be held just two weeks before the Saturday of the Goodwood Revival, Bonhams’ traditional spot, no doubt generating fierce competition for star lots.
Gooding Scottsdale sale to be online only
In other news, Gooding will not conduct a traditional ‘white tent’ auction in Arizona next January. Instead, the event will be internet-only under its Geared Online tag, but with a physical presence during Scottsdale car week in the form of a ‘showcase’ of offered lots available for registered bidders to view.
The move comes against a background of continuing Covid uncertainty in North America and the decline of the traditional Arizona sales as means of presenting ultra-valuable collector cars. Arch-rival RM plans just one sale day at the Biltmore next year, rather than its and Gooding’s more familiar two, while Bonhams will hold a one-day auction. Local outfits Barrett-Jackson and Russo & Steele are scheduled to carry on as normal.
Photos by James Brown (Hampton Court) and K500