The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is only a few weeks away now – less than a month. And yes, I am ripe with anticipation. So are quite a few other people, although perhaps “ripe” may not be the most appropriate word. As best as can be forecast this far out, the weather looks like it will be beautiful. It is right now anyway – down here in the semi-balmy South.
Let we forget in our automotive excitement, the true goal of the weekend is to raise money for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation. The Foundation has donated over $2.5 million since 1996 to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Shop with Cops, Micah’s Place and other worthy charitable organizations across North Florida.
This money is raised through everything from entrance fees and concession sales to the live and silent auctions. Besides the two different shows, one Saturday and the true Concours on Sunday, the auctions are what draw many people to Amelia Island. There is the show run silent auction and then two separate live auctions.
The annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Silent Auction is honestly like walking into a toy store and candy shop all in one. From autographed automobilia, original paintings and celebrity autographed items to gift certificates from local and international destinations. There is something for everyone including a section set aside just for children, true children, to bid. For the connoisseur, there is fine jewelry, collectible watches, original art and autographed limited edition prints. Trust me, it will be a dangerous place – but in a good way!
As for the live auction, that is a bit different. Since 1999, RM Sotheby’s has been the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, presenting an incredible selection of the world’s most desirable automobiles at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton and setting numerous auction benchmarks in the process.
In 2015, RM Sotheby’s achieved an outstanding $60 million in sales, with an unprecedented 100 percent of all lots sold. The impressive result represented not only the highest total ever for a sale held during the Amelia Island week, but also exceeded the combined tally of all other auctions held during the 2015 Amelia Island week, reaffirming RM Sotheby’s clear market leadership. The 2016 event is expected to build on this success, bringing another carefully curated roster of elegant coach-built classics, important sports and racing cars, and late model collectibles to market.
Take a look at a few interesting British items that will be available in the live auction …
Again, these are just a very few of the British cars available in the auction, not to mention the wide variety of cars of other nationalities. See yet why the anticipation is getting to us? Be sure to check out the full RM Sotheby’s auction listing or even better, check out the online edition of the Sothebys Amelia Island catalog. (Note that the catalog link will not work on mobile.)