For all those enthusiasts and collectors eager to buy and sell great cars this summer, the road leads right back to Auburn, Indiana, the original “Classic Car Capital of the World” and birthplace of the collector car auction industry in America.
Our next catalogue sale, also the industry’s next catalogue sale in North America, the Auburn Auction, will take place August 31 – September 2, 2023 at our Indiana headquarters. To be presented as a simultaneous live and online event for collector car enthusiasts and aficionados to enjoy.
We’ve sold some of the most iconic cars and finest private collections in Auburn, and broken a few records along the way. We look forward to another carefully curated offering of outstanding pre-war automobiles, select muscle cars, American and European sports cars, classics and racers, as well as an exceptional selection of the best automobilia and memorabilia to be found.
Over the past 15 years we’ve sold some of the most iconic cars and finest private collections in Auburn, and broken a few records along the way. We look forward to another carefully curated offering of outstanding pre-war automobiles, select muscle cars, American and European sportscars, classics and racers, as well as an exceptional selection of the best automobilia and memorabilia to be found.
Classic Car Capital of the World
As the “Classic Car Capital of the World” and the birthplace of the collector car auction industry in the United States, Auburn has long been a mecca for automobile collectors and enthusiasts. Many of the most important cars ever made have been bought and sold here, at The Auburn Automobile Company in the 1920s and ’30s and in later years, at auction.
The celebrated Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum and annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival held over Labor Day Weekend attracts visitors from across the USA and overseas, bearing testament to the town’s unique motoring heritage.
The Annual Auburn Auction
Our Auburn roots run deep and we’re proud to carry the torch forward here in our hometown. Whether as a buyer, seller or enthusiast, you can look forward to a VIP welcome at our annual sale during Labor Day Weekend, staged at our expansive new global headquarters. Consign and bid with confidence and enjoy all of the Auburn, Indiana events.
The Annual Auburn Auction
Our Auburn roots run deep and we’re proud to carry the torch forward here in our hometown. Whether as a buyer, seller or enthusiast, you can look forward to a VIP welcome at our 14th annual sale during Labor Day Weekend, staged at our expansive new global headquarters. Consign and bid with confidence and enjoy all of the Auburn, Indiana events.
Spectator Admission to Preview Days & Auction
$15 / day
Per person for all preview days (Aug. 30 – Sept. 2) and general admission to the auction (Aug. 31 – Sept. 2) with limited seating.
VIP Week Ticket
Per person VIP admission for preview days and the auction days (Aug. 31 – Sept. 2).
Bidder Registration with Catalogue:
Bidder registration for the opportunity to bid and purchase vehicles and memorabilia at the Auburn Auction.
Includes bidder paddle, one auction catalogue, and admission for two to the auction as well as two all-day preview passes.
Admission to Auction with Catalogue:
Includes one auction catalogue and admission for two to the auction as well as two all-day preview passes.
Seating during the auction is for Consignors, Registered Bidders, Ticket Holders, Guests, and Credentialed Media only.
Schedule of Events
Location & Directions
Worldwide Auctioneers HQ
5634 Opportunity Blvd
Auburn, IN 46706
Buyer’s Premium On-site, Telephone or Absentee:
Cars 12% on hammer price $250,000 and below, hammer price above $250,000 is 12% on hammer up to $250,000 and 10% on hammer price above $250,000.
Memorabilia 21% Buyer’s Premium.*
Buyer’s Premium Online:
Cars 14% on hammer price $250,000 and below, hammer price above $250,000 is 14% on hammer up to $250,000 and 12% on hammer price above $250,000.
Memorabilia 24% Buyer’s Premium.*
*A 3% Buyer’s Premium discount will be given for cash settlement.
Bidding. No bid may be retracted by Bidder/Buyer during the sale for any reason, regardless of whether bid is made in person, by telephone, online, or as an absentee bidder. All sales are final upon the Auctioneer’s declaration of sale.
Payment. Payment of the purchase price is due immediately upon the Auctioneer’s declaration of sale. Payments must be in the form of cash or certified funds. All cash payments will be reported according to U.S. Federal government requirements.
Personal or company checks and for non-automotive lots, approved credit cards, are acceptable with prior approval from Worldwide Auctioneers (herein afterward referred to as Worldwide). Approval requires an irrevocable letter of guarantee from the purchaser’s bank made to Worldwide Auctioneers, stating the auction name, sale date(s), the limit of the bank’s guarantee, and a commitment not to issue stop payments with respect to checks made payable to Worldwide Auctioneers. (Sample of this bank letter is available. Please call our office.) Your check may be converted to an electronic file. Alternate payment arrangements are available for absentee and telephone bidders and must be made in advance. Please direct
inquiries to sales office.
Final bid price for On-Site, Online, Telephone or Absentee Bidders does not include Buyer’s Premium or applicable taxes or fees. Buyer is responsible for all federal, city, state, or other taxes due for which the Buyer does not qualify as exempt. Proof of exemption is Buyer’s responsibility. Payment for any vehicle or lot is to be immediate and made directly by the Buyer to Worldwide with Buyer agreeing to pay Worldwide sales
commission as per sale agreement.
Non-Compliance of Buyer, Default and Remedies. If the Bidder/Buyer fails to comply with any of the Conditions of Sale, including, without limitation, a Bidder/Buyer fails to timely pay the full purchase price and/or remove a vehicle or lot when required, the Bidder/Buyer shall be in breach and default of this agreement and shall be liable to Worldwide, and Bidder/Buyer agrees that Worldwide shall be entitled to recover from such Bidder/Buyer, any and all damages, costs, expenses, fees (including attorneys’ fees) and other amounts suffered and/or incurred. Worldwide may initiate legal action against the Bidder/Buyer including, without limitation, an action for specific performance, cancel or rescind the sale, resell the vehicle(s) and/or lot(s) with or without reserve privately or at public auction and the Bidder/Buyer shall be liable for any deficiency between the purchase price (plus all damages, costs, expenses and fees, including attorney’s fees incurred by Worldwide) and the resale price. Items not picked up within stated times without contacting Auction Company may be forfeited and or storage fee of $25.00 per day apply plus any towing or other storage fees.
Conditions of Sale. ALL SALES ARE “AS IS, WHERE IS.” BIDDER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR INSPECTIONS AND VERIFICATION OF CONDITION, AUTHENTICITY, AND COMPLETENESS OF ANY VEHICLE OR LOT PURCHASED. BIDDER/BUYER EXPRESSLY AGREES NOT TO RELY ON ANY DESCRIPTION PRINTED OR SHOWN ONLINE BUT THEIR OWN RESEARCH AND INSPECTION. NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATION, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, OF ANY TYPE WHATSOEVER ARE MADE BY THE AUCTION COMPANY OR ANY OF THEIR REPRESENTATIVES. FURTHER, NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FOR FITNESS ARE MADE. INFORMATION PRINTED IN BROCHURES, CATALOGUES, SIGNS, WINDOW CARDS, ONLINE, AND VERBAL STATEMENTS MADE BY AUCTIONEERS OR AUCTION STAFF ARE REPRESENTATIONS MADE BY THE SELLER, AND WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS HAS NO OBLIGATION TO VERIFY OR AUTHENTICATE ANY SUCH CLAIMS OR REPRESENTATIONS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY ANNOUNCEMENT, ADVERTISEMENT, STATEMENT, ASSURANCE OR PROMISE BY, OR ON BEHALF OF, WORLDWIDE OR ANY OF ITS EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR REPRESENTATIVES, AND NOTWITHSTANDING ANY VERBAL OR WRITTEN CONDITION REPORT PROVIDED BY WORLDWIDE, WORLDWIDE HAS NO OBLIGATION OR RESPONSIBILITY, AND DOES NOT ASSUME ANY OBLIGATION OR RESPONSIBILITY, TO UNDERTAKE AN INSPECTION OF ANY VEHICLE OR LOT PRIOR TO THE AUCTION. BIDDERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE RESPONSIBILITY AND ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO RESEARCH THE VEHICLE AND LOTS PRIOR TO THE AUCTION AND CONDUCT THEIR OWN INDEPENDENT INSPECTION AND EXAMINATION OF ANY VEHICLE OR LOT, ACCOMPANYING SPARE PARTS, DOCUMENTATION, RESTORATION RECEIPTS, AND OWNERSHIP DOCUMENTS RELATING TO ANY LOT OR VEHICLE PROVIDED BY THE SELLER TO WORLDWIDE. BIDDERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE TO SATISFY THEMSELVES, PRIOR TO BIDDING, AS TO THE CONDITION OF ANY VEHICLE OR LOT AND ALL MATTERS RELATING TO THE VEHICLE OR LOT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY DESIRED OR NECESSARY REPAIRS, RESTORATION OR MISSING PART(S), YEAR OR AGE, SIZE, SERIAL NUMBER, MAKE, MODEL, OPTIONS, TOOLS, PREVIOUS USE OR OWNERSHIP, PROVENANCE, DOCUMENTS, MANUFACTURING OR RESTORATION PROCESS, DAMAGE, GENUINENESS, ATTRIBUTION, RARITY, OR HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE. WORLDWIDE, NOR THE SELLER, SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY REPAIRS, RESTORATION, REPLACEMENT OF ANY PARTS, OR ANY OTHER MATTER.
BY PARTICIPATING IN THE AUCTION, EACH BIDDER/BUYER EXPRESSLY WAIVES, AND AGREES THAT IT WILL NOT SEEK ANY RECOVERY FROM, OR PURSUE ANY CLAIM AGAINST, WORLDWIDE RELATING TO ANY OF THE FOREGOING, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, FOR REPAIRS, RESTORATION OR REPLACEMENT OF PARTS. ANY ANNOUNCEMENTS MADE AT TIME OF SALE SUPERSEDE ANY PREVIOUSLY PRINTED INFORMATION. BUYERS SHOULD NOTE THAT MOTOR VEHICLES LOTS SOLD AT THIS AUCTION ARE INTENDED AS COLLECTOR’S ITEMS AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE TO PROVIDE DAILY TRANSPORTATION AND WORLDWIDE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE AGE, NATURE, AND CONDITION OF ANY MOTOR VEHICLES IN THE AUCTION MAKES IT LIKELY THAT MAJOR COMPONENTS MAY HAVE BEEN MODIFIED, REPLACED, RESTORED OR REPAIRED IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE AUCTION COMPANY OR ITS REPRESENTATIVES TO INSPECT AND/OR VERIFY THE CONDITION OF ANY LOT TO PROVIDE ANY AUTHENTICITY OF ANY LOT FOR ANY PURPOSE.
Other Terms. Any vehicles or lots in the auction not marked as “Offered Without Reserve” are subject to a minimum bid set by the Seller. When a vehicle or lot is sold subject to such a minimum bid, the Auctioneer may bid on the Seller’s behalf in an amount not to exceed the Seller’s minimum bid. All terms of sale posted on the auction premises, printed in sale brochures or forms, online, publicly announced, or otherwise published are incorporated herein by reference.
This instrument, together with the Bidder’s Registration Form, Clerk Ticket, Purchase Invoice and Bill of Sale, comprise the entire agreement of the parties and shall be binding on them and their respective heirs, personal representatives and assigns. This instrument shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an officer of Worldwide in the auction office or at the auction block. The above instruments constitute a contract between Bidder/Buyer, Seller and Worldwide.
ALL PARTIES AGREE THAT THE EXCLUSIVE AND SOLE JURISDICTION AND VENUE FOR ALL CLAIMS, COURT ACTIONS, AND LAWSUITS ARISING UNDER THESE CONTRACTS BE THE COURTS OF THE COUNTY OF DEKALB IN THE STATE OF INDIANA AND SHALL BE INTERPRETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF INDIANA. THE PARTIES AGREE THAT THEY SPECIFICALLY WAIVE ANY RIGHT THEY MAY HAVE TO HAVE ANY CLAIMS OR ISSUES HEARD IN FEDERAL COURT.
Worldwide has a copyright on all images and likenesses taken or captured at our events and, by registering as a Bidder, you expressly agree that any and all images or likeness taken or captured by Worldwide belong to Worldwide and they have full rights to use in any manner they so choose. Bidder is responsible for their bidder number and action taken on behalf of your bidder number. Please notify the auction office immediately if you have lost your bidder number.