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Barrett-Jackson concludes 49th year in Scottsdale in record-setting fashion

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PHOENIX — The Barrett-Jackson classic car auction finished its 49th year in Scottsdale in record-setting fashion on Sunday.

Almost 2,000 no-reserve cars hit the block during the nine-day event at WestWorld, eclipsing the previous record for any public collector car auction of 1,800 vehicles set last year.

Super Saturday at the auction saw the sale of a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with VIN number 001 to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick for $3 million.

It was one of several cars sold for charity at the event, which raised more than $7.6 million for organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Other top sellers on Saturday included two 2017 Ford GTs, which sold for $1.485 million and $1.18 million, respectively.

A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 COPO that sold for $1.09 million also crossed the seven-digit threshold.

Several vehicles from celebrities also fetched high price tags.

Twenty-one vehicles owned by the late Paul Walker, who starred in the “The Fast and the Furious” movie franchise, were also sold at the auction. The most expensive of his cars, a BMW, sold for $385,000.

Simon Cowell’s 2009 Bentley Azure Convertible sold for $123,200 while Dean Martin’s 1980 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible sold for $110,000.

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner’s 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Custom Coupe sold for $88,000.

A yellow 1954 Taylor Aerocar, one of only five of the hybrid machines ever produced, sold for $275,000.

Next year’s event will be the 50th in Scottsdale, and Barrett-Jackson’s next auction will be in Palm Beach, Florida, in April.

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