Star-Studded Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction Recap  

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It was a big day last Saturday at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. 

The excitement in the packed auction arena was off the charts when in the course of about 90 minutes – an international pop music sensation, a rock star, a pro boxing champion, a NASCAR racing great and a Hollywood icon all appeared on the Barrett-Jackson auction block.

Pop singer Justin Bieber took the mic to sing his No. 1 hit single, “What Do You Mean,” and sold his 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia for for $434,500.  During the three-and-a-half minutes of bidding, Bieber threw a few surprises in to sweeten the deal. First, he tossed in tickets to a U.S. show and then came backstage passes. Clearly, the lack of a clean vehicle history report did not harm the value. 

Bieber’s Ferrari, which reportedly drew complaints of reckless driving from neighbors in his Calabasas, California neighborhood, was customized by West Coast Customs and featured a V8, 4.8-liter engine and 20-inch wheels. The car was rear-ended in 2014 after Bieber hit the brakes while evading paparazzi. 

Meanwhile, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. walked with his white 2011 Bugatti Veyron capable of 1,000 horsepower, but the bidding failed to reach its $2.3 million reserve price. It stalled just below $2 million.

Racer Dale Earnhardt Jr. had more success. His 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle along with one of his No. 88 racecars raised a combined $400,000 for charity. Proceeds benefited the Nationwide Children’s Foundation. 

The crowd also couldn’t get enough of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler. He was on hand to auction off his 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder. It sold for almost $800,000 with proceeds benefiting Jane’s Fund, a charity that aids abused girls. The Venom GT is the fifth of only 12 ever made and the first of the Spyder convertibles. A 7.0-liter Hennessey-built twin-turbo V8 sits under the hood. It produces 1,244-horses, giving the car a 0-60 mph time of 2.7 seconds. Its top speed is well above 200 mph. In 2014, the Venom GT set the production-series-built top speed record at 270.4 mph. But Tyler says his top speed has only been around 140 mph.

Actor Burt Reynolds, known for his role in the 1977 film “Smokey and the Bandit,” was back again this year. He sold his 600-horsepower 1978 Pontiac Firebird for $275,000. In 2016, he helped sell the original “Bandit” film promo car for more than $500,000.

Several other cars are worth special mention. A 1960 Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle sold for $1.32 million. A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 brought in nearly $1.49 million and a 1956 Austin Princess once owned by John Lennon sold for $159,500. It was featured in the 1972 documentary film “Imagine,” and came documented with an original and signed registration.

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John Lennon’s 1956 Austin Princess

“When you look back at the day, this was one for the record books,” said Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson.       

Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson

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