Auctions America by RM

Corporate Overview

Auctions America was established in July 2010, following the purchase of the Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Indiana, by RM Auctions (now RM Sotheby’s). Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs and automobilia at auction. Each year, the company hosts an established calendar of events in some of the country's leading automotive destinations, including Auburn, Indiana, the Classic Car Capital of America; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Santa Monica, California and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Led by collector car veteran and company President, Donnie Gould, Auctions America is founded on the principles of conducting business with honesty, integrity and transparency by providing personalized and professional service in all areas of the auction process. The company boasts an expert team of full-time car specialists who offer more than 150 years' combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. Auctions America’s specialists are joined by a skilled and dedicated client services team that assists with arrangements from bidder registration to accommodations and vehicle titles to transportation. This attention to clients’ needs delivers an unmatched experience from start to finish.

The company's corporate headquarters in Auburn, Indiana is steeped in tradition. Regarded as the Classic Car Capital of America, Auburn is home to the world-famous Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum and annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, which welcome tens of thousands of collector car enthusiasts each year. The historic 235-acre Auburn Auction Park, one of the largest venues of its kind in the United States, is well-known among enthusiasts for hosting two auction events per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. The fall event coincides with the celebrated ACD Festival, making for an ultimate collector car weekend for motoring enthusiasts. Since purchasing the Auburn Auction Park, Auctions America has invested more than $2 million in renovations and upgrades to enhance the facilities and restore the park to its former glory.

Private and Estate Sales

In addition to hosting an established calendar of annual consignment auctions, Auctions America is also known for its expertise in handling private collections. Since its launch, the company has quickly carved a reputation as an auction house of choice for private and estate collection sales, hosting standalone, single-vendor auctions, as well as presenting collections as featured highlights at its established events. In 2015, the company lifted the gavel on a number of single-vendor collections, including the Cayman Motor Museum Collection at Fort Lauderdale and the Steve Ramsey Collection at Auburn Fall.

2016 Auction Success

Auctions America posted solid results in 2016, recording $68.7 million in auction sales with an annual sell-through of 75 percent for all lots. These results were generated by the sale of some 1,411 vehicles and assorted automobilia at five separate events, held in some of the country’s top automotive destinations. The company’s commitment to presenting diverse, quality product again proved effective in attracting new audiences; 40 percent of registered bidders in 2016 represented first time clients to Auctions America, with bidders hailing from 25 countries in addition to 47 states.

Kicking off the year on a strong note in Fort Lauderdale - a mainstay on Auctions America’s calendar - the crowning achievement of Auctions America’s 2016 season was the sale of the most valuable automobile in the company’s history: a 1995 Ferrari F50 sold for $1,952,500 at the Santa Monica sale in June. Led by cars such as the sale-topping F50, along with a thrilling selection of vehicles from the Riverside International Automotive Museum, the Santa Monica sale saw the company continue to put its stamp on the highly competitive Southern California auction scene; significantly, almost 50 percent of bidders represented new clients.

Among other highlights, Auctions America’s flagship Auburn Fall sale again provided a terrific celebration of the hobby, with more than 85,000 enthusiasts descending on the Auburn Auction Park for the Labor Day weekend tradition. Overall, the event generated more than $21.5 million in auction sales. Most recently, Auctions America rounded out its 2016 calendar with its second annual sale during the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance in South Carolina. It was at this sale that a timewarp 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster provided one of the most exciting auction moments of the year; recently emerging from over 40 years storage in a Chicago-area garage, it sold for a staggering $665,500. The impressive price, which represents almost triple the car’s pre-sale estimate, perfectly illustrates the continued appetite for highly original, unmolested cars.

As part of Auctions America’s commitment to give back to the local communities in which it operates, the company provided its auction services to benefit a broad range of both automotive and non-automotive causes in 2016. Among these were the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County; Autism Speaks; the Treasure Coast Autism Project; Wounded Warriors of South Florida; Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana; and, Kate’s Kart, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing new, quality books to hospitalized children in Northeast Indiana. Auctions America also introduced a highly successful Cars & Coffee series at the Auburn Auction Park during the summer of 2016, providing a way for local enthusiasts to indulge their passion for all things automotive.

Auctions America’s Top Five Sales of 2016:

1995 Ferrari F50 $1,952,500 Santa Monica, California
1988 Porsche 959 'Komfort' $1,250,000 Santa Monica, California
1931 Duesenberg Model J $880,000 Auburn Fall, Indiana
2004 Porsche Carrera GT $880,000 Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
1967 AC Cobra 427 $726,000 Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Annual Auction Locations & Dates:

Auburn, Indiana

  • May 11-13 2017
  • Aug 31-Sep 3 2017

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Mar 31-Apr 2 2017

Santa Monica, California

  • Jun 24 2017

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
  • Nov 4 2017