SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – More than 11,000 people tuned in as the fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auction went online. The event managed to reach $3.7 million in sales, the proceeds of which will go to the Saratoga Automobile Museum.
Some people, including bidders and consigners, could still attend in person, though bids could also be placed online or over the phone.
The day-long event is the museum’s major annual fundraiser, and saw a 70% sell-through rate despite the additional challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The success of this Auction, in the midst of a global pandemic, is a massive win for the future of the Museum’s initiatives.
I cannot thank our staff, volunteers, consignors and bidders enough for following all NYS and CDC safety guidelines to make our event successful and safe.”Carly Connors
Executive Director, Saratoga Automobile Museum
The auction’s top sellers included:
- 1958 Plymouth Fury “Christine” movie car: $275,000
- 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster: $239,000
- 1970 Porsche 914/6: $137,500
- 1959 Chevrolet Impala: $115,500
- 1931 Pierce Arrow Model 42 Phaeton: $82,500
The proceeds help support the museum’s safe driving initiatives, including the Distracted Driving Safety Program, as well as the museum’s exhibition programme. The Distracted Driving Program sees over 25,000 participants annually.
Next year’s auction will take place on Sept. 24 and 25, 2021 on the grounds of the Saratoga Spa State Park.