Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Official Site: Barrett-Jackson.com
The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Barrett-Jackson page on 3 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Barrett-Jackson is an American auction company in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company specializes in the auction of classic cars and antique cars, and runs collector events in Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Florida, Uncasville, Connecticut and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Russ Jackson and Tom Barrett organized the original auction at Scottsdale, Arizona. Jackson met Barrett through an interest in Barrett's 1933 Cadillac V-16 town car. In 1967, Barrett and Jackson presented a car show called "Fiesta del Auto Elegance", a fund-raiser for local charities, including the Scottsdale Library. Then in 1972, the two jointly presented a classic car auction, when they auctioned Adolf Hitler's armored Mercedes-Benz 770K. The car more than tripled the previous auction record, selling for $153,200.
Jackson died in 1993, and Barrett in 2004. Craig Jackson, who had worked actively on a daily basis throughout the year and on-site at the event, took over running the company in 1997, the same year the auction began airing live on the Speed television channel. Internet bidding was also introduced at that time.
Starting at the third annual Palm Beach auction in 2005, the show was renamed from "Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction" to "Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction," followed by the name change in the Scottsdale, Arizona auction in 2006.
Beginning in 2008, the auction also takes place in Las Vegas.
From 2010 to 2012 the auction was held in Orange County, California. However, on January 19, 2013, Barrett-Jackson announced it would move from Orange County to Reno, Nevada as part of the city's Hot August Nights event in August 2013.
On September 26, 2015, Barrett-Jackson announced that for the first time ever, they would have an auction in the Northeast at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The inaugural auction will take place from June 23-26, 2016, with the auction block being located inside the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Although it is billed as an automobile auction, other items are also sold, including trucks, motorcycles, airplanes, engines, boats and other memorabilia. American car manufacturers sell their first production vehicles of a given model and generation combination, in charity format.
Celebrities who have attended the event putting their own possessions up for auction include Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jay Leno, Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons & Shannon Tweed, Billy Corgan of the former Smashing Pumpkins, baseball players Reggie Jackson and Randy Johnson, DMX, Carroll Shelby, Bill Goldberg, Tony Stewart, and motorcycle customizer Jesse James.
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