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Artful Living | Behind the Scenes of the Barrett-Jackson Luxury Auto Auction

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Every automotive enthusiast looks forward to the renowned luxury auto auction extravaganza that is Barrett-Jackson. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, this is one of the premier collector car sales across the globe. The eight-day event pulls in crowds by the thousands, all wanting a chance to place their bid on some of the rarest and most unique cars in the world. Whether it’s a million-dollar supercar, a custom build or a classic, this supercharged event has it — all for sale with no reserve.

This year’s sale kicked off the auction calendar by not only breaking a Barrett-Jackson record, but also setting 200 world auction records. With more than 1,900 vehicles and 1,100 pieces of automobilia sold, total sales catapulted past . Leading this impressive number was a beautiful and rare 1989 Ferrari F40, which sold for $2.75 million.

As each year passes, Barrett-Jackson slowly evolves into something much bigger than a car auction house. For those not in the market for a vehicle, the offerings have expanded to include automotive memorabilia, motorcycles, antiques, neon signs and more. Along with the extensive marketplace, you’ll also find a wide range of events and onsite activities like fashion shows and the opportunity to take an exhilarating hot lap in your pick of a flashy new sports car.

The Barrett-Jackson legacy is also rooted in philanthropy. This year, the company surpassed the staggering milestone of raising more than $150 million for charity since its inception in 1971. Vehicle sales — like a pristine 2021 Shelby Super Snake Count’s Kustoms Edition, which sold for $350,000 to benefit Camp Freedom — help drive these extraordinary charitable contributions. “Raising more than $150 million for charity is an amazing achievement worth celebrating,” says Barrett-Jackson Chief Philanthropy Officer Carolyn Jackson. Over the years, some charity cars have even sold into the millions. In 2015, for example, a 1950 General Motors Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus sold for $4 million.

From jaw-dropping bid action on dream cars to antique hunting to admiring some of the most unique vehicles on the planet, Barrett-Jackson is the place to be for any and all automotive aficionados. The fun doesn’t stop after Scottsdale, with two upcoming auctions in Palm Beach, Florida, and Las Vegas with all the excitement and an incredible lineup of autos.

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