RM Sotheby’s to Host Debut Los Angeles Auction

By Paul Joseph

Auction giants RM Sotheby’s has announced the addition of a Los Angeles auction to its growing global calendar, to be held at the world-renowned Petersen Automotive Museum this December.

For the past five years, the RM Sotheby’s has hosted its Southern California event in Santa Monica.

Moving to the Petersen in LA proper for 2018, the calibre of the event is expected to be akin to its prestigious New York collector car auctions, held biannually at Sotheby’s global headquarters in Manhattan.

The Los Angeles sale will feature approximately 50-60 blue-chip automobiles, hand-selected by RM Sotheby’s global team of 30 car specialists.

Southern California is a hotbed for car culture in the United States, and Los Angeles captures not only diverse collecting tastes, but also all the hobby has to offer, from ocean-view driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, to carving through the technical courses provided by local canyons.

One of the world’s premier automotive museums housing hundreds of rare and collectible cars, the Petersen will offer the perfect backdrop for the sale.

Since its inception in 1994, the museum has played host to exhibits that have captured the attention of the automotive world. The Museum currently houses “The Porsche Effect,” which includes dozens of the marque’s finest street and racing cars, as well as “The Roots of Monozukuri,” exploring the craft and history of Japanese cars.

“We’ve enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the entire team of passionate enthusiasts at the Petersen Automotive Museum, and I cannot think of a better auction venue in LA,” says Alexander Weaver, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s.

“Our Saturday auction will draw the automotive faithful for an evening of rare ownership opportunities coupled with a feast for the eyes inside the Petersen. We look forward to bringing collectors together for this special event on the West Coast as we have on the East.”

Additional early entries for the Los Angeles auction will be available in the coming weeks.

By Paul Joseph