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Tens of thousands pack collectible-car auction in Auburn

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 12:01 am

Increased attendance and a national television deal made this weekend's Auctions America show in Auburn an event that appeared to radiate greater energy.

According to Public Relations Director Amy Christie, this weekend's event exceeded last year's attendance by Saturday evening. More than 70,000 spectators had come out by then, which meant that Sunday's attendance -- and plenty of buyers, sellers and visitors were on hand -- simply served notice that classic cars, food and great weather can still draw plenty of people to Auburn.

"With 1,200 cars of all makes and models, we've been able to cater to all, from entry-level collectors through the most dedicated enthusiasts," Christie said.

Through early Sunday afternoon, a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton held the unofficial title of vehicle sold for the highest bid; the Duesenberg fetched a $1.265 million offer on Saturday, Christie said. Official numbers will be released sometime this week.

Auctions America has a new television deal with NBC Sports Network, also known as NBCSN, that went into effect earlier this year. That meant that this year's auction was televised, live and via tape delay, across the nation. Auction America's parent company, RM, signed the deal, so auction events in other venues were televised earlier this year, which possibly served to help increase interest in this year's event in Auburn, as well.