For 15 years, the Saratoga Auto Museum has sat quietly in Spa State Park, a haven for automobile enthusiasts and rookies alike, serving the city of Saratoga through exhibitions, advocacy, preservation and education. But never in those 15 years has the Museum hosted an event where classic, modern, foreign and American cars, worthy of a front-row place in the Golub Gallery, have been up for auction.
That will change this weekend, as the Auto Museum adds “auction house” to its résumé. The inaugural Saratoga Auto Auction, presented live on the Saratoga Performing Arts Center stage, will be held Friday at 4 p.m. and continue Saturday at 10 a.m.
The vehicles up for bid run the automotive gamut: featured consignments include a 1934 Harley-Davidson VLD motorcycle, a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette, a 2017 Tesla X 75D and a 1971 Aristocrat camper.
TV personality Brent Earlywine, who has headed up noteworthy auctions in Amelia Island, Fla. and Monterey, Calif., will conduct the auction. Special guests Paul Teutel Jr. from the Discovery Channel’s American Choppers and Steve Hale from the History Channel’s American Restorations will be around to meet attendees, and the Capital Region’s best food trucks will be there to feed them.
One-day tickets to the show are $20 and a two-day ticket package is $30. Friday morning preview hours are only open to ticket-holders, consignors, bidders and their guests, as is the auction itself.
The cars up for bid have actually been on preview at the Auto Museum since April as part of “The Gavel: Cars of the Saratoga Auto Auction” exhibit. The exhibit looked at the inner workings of classic and collector automobile auctions, including their history, process, popularity and how the Internet and cable TV has allowed people to watch and bid in auctions from the comfort of their homes. The Saratoga Auto Auction will be live-streamed for interested viewers who can’t make it to SPAC, and bidders can do so in person, online, by phone or by way of an absentee bid.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Museum’s education, distracted driving and exhibition programs. For more information, visit saratogaautoauction.org.