The fourth annual Mecum Glendale, Arizona, auction at State Farm Stadium, held March 16-19, became the most successful iteration yet as $66.3 million in overall sales was achieved. The total marks a 53% increase over last year’s Glendale auction, and sell-through for the reservebased auction reached 78% as 1,285 of all 1,657 lots offered ultimately hammered sold.

Record attendance, up 37% from 2021, led to strong individual sale prices in addition to the record overall totals, with the top 10 sellers at the auction led by the impressive $3.03 million sale of a Ferrari Classichecertified 1967 275 GTB/4 (Lot S152.1), S/N 09495, followed by three more seven-figure sellers. The diverse selection included an AACA National First Prizewinning 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe (Lot S149) that brought $2.37 million, a 182-mile 2005 Porsche Carrera GT (Lot S145) that sold for $2.2 million and a 1,270-mile 2020 Ford GT (Lot S160) that achieved $1.1 million.

Private collections were responsible for nearly $20 million of the $66.3 million auction total, with the headlining Mile High Collection seeing 100% of its more than 50 vehicles sell for a total of $5.9 million, while the main-attraction Hooked on Vettes Collection achieved sales for all 13 of its Corvettes as well as for all of its 180-plus largescale neon signs for aggregate totals of $1.5 million and $1.7 million, respectively.

Mecum auctions have seen an ongoing string of successful, record-setting results regarding attendance, individual sale prices and overall sell-through rates with seemingly no end to the growth in sight. Glendale 2022 furthered the trend with even sponsors like Dodge reporting record engagement with its pre-auction Power Parties and popular Thrill Ride attraction. Mecum auctions in Houston, Texas, and Indianapolis are up next, and results from both of those events are expected to follow suit.

Photography by Rod Loveless