Worldwide Auctioneers’ 13th annual Auburn Auction in review

A look back at Worldwide Auctioneer's 13th annul Auburn Auction that took place this past Labor Day weekend.
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Boat tail speedster

Auburn, Indiana. September 9th, 2020. Worldwide concluded an upbeat 13 annual Auburn Auction at home in Indiana this Labor Day weekend, with 90% of consignments finding new homes, including three collections. High sale went to a meticulously restored and multiple award winning 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster with body design by Gordon Buehrig that realized $1.072 million. The celebrated Stainless Steel Trifecta sold for $1.045 million, representing a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a collector to acquire a trio of historic vehicles first conceived by the pioneering stainless steel producer Allegheny Ludlum, Inc. in collaboration with the Ford Motor Company in 1935. Built to showcase the extreme durability and aesthetic appeal of the new metal and comprising a 1936 Ford Deluxe Sedan, 1960 Ford Thunderbird and 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible, the trifecta was offered as one lot.

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Coachwork supreme

Capturing the essence of coachbuilt beauty was a one-off 1936 Cadillac ‘Shangri-La’ Custom Roadster by Rick Dore, with hand-formed aluminum body fabricated by Marcel Custom Metal that brought $550,000. Smaller, but no less perfectly formed, was an all-steel scaled Duesenberg Pedal Car that sold for $27,500. Created by the noted late Don Dettmer of Auburn, one of only four ever built, it was purchased many years ago by the current owner as a gift for his granddaughter and proceeds from its sale will now go toward her college education.

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The Auburn Auction delivered nearly $8 million in total sales. “We extend sincere thanks to all of those who helped to make our 13 annual sale at home in Auburn such a terrific success, to both our in-person bidders and to the absentee and ‘virtual’ collectors from around the world who have demonstrated that the market for great collector cars is still strong,” said John Kruse, Principal and Auctioneer.

Presented as both a live and online event, the Auburn Auction offered options for every comfort level, with onsite bidding, online bidding available via three online partner platforms, and absentee and telephone bidding available to pre-registered, qualified buyers. Full results are available online at To discuss consignments for future sales, call 1.260.925.6789 or email

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About Worldwide Auctioneers. Worldwide Auctioneers is a US-based, boutique catalogue auction company that is unique in having principals who are owner auctioneers, wholly invested in seamlessly delivering the optimal result for every client. In addition to the acquisition and sale of classic automobiles at auction, it offers an extensive range of personalized services to the serious collector, including appraisal, collection direction and consultancy, estate planning and asset management. For those seeking to sell a car or collection privately, the company’s private sales division incorporates The Salon, a 200,000-square-foot, climate controlled and purpose-built showroom housed at its Auburn headquarters, along with a dedicated memorabilia division. Worldwide’s annual schedule includes The Scottsdale Auction in January, The Pacific Grove Auction on the Monterey Peninsula in August (postponed until 2021 in response to COVID-19 restrictions), The Auburn Auction, held over Labor Day Weekend in Indiana, and stand-alone auctions of significant private collections.

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