Barrett-Jackson auto auction smashes records

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Organizers say the Barrett-Jackson auto auction smashed records for sales with more than $130 million worth of vehicles sold.

"This year's Scottsdale auction was on a scale unlike anything in our 44-year history," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.

Barrett-Jackson sold 1,611 vehicles during the 10-day auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Automobilia sales nearly tripled world records, with 2,000 pieces selling for more than $6.55 million, according to organizers. The Ron Pratte Collection alone brought in over $40 million in vehicle and automobilia sales.

"Me and my staff are exhausted, actually," Jackson said. "It's been nine days. It's been phenomenal."

The top 10 cars sold were:

• 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake – $5.1 million

• 1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus - $4 million

• 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car - $3.3 million

• 1949 Talbot-Lago T-26 Grand Sport Franay - $1.65 million

• 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster - $1.595 million

• 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing - $1.1 million

• 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320B Cabriolet - $1.045 million

• 1936 Delahaye "Whatthehaye" Street-Rod - $671,000

• 1991 Ferrari F40 - $643,500

• 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Cabriolet - $643,500