Taj Ma Garaj auction generates $5.7 million

Topped by a rare 4-cam 1957 Porsche 356 A Carrera GT Speedster by Reutter that sold for $1.38 million, RM Sotheby’s reports the Taj Ma Garaj Collection sale of the late John Dixon’s “Porsche Paradise” produced $5.7 million. The sale, conducted at the collection venue in Dayton, Ohio, included 32 cars and 356 lots of auto- and memorabilia.

The Taj Ma Garaj auction

The Taj Ma Garaj auction

“This auction was an emotional process for our family as we celebrated our father’s love for Porsche and the place in our hearts that the Taj Ma Garaj holds,” Hillary Dixon West, Dixon’s daughter, told RM Sotheby’s, which, she said, “celebrated John’s humor and creativity as well as his attention to detail and passion for collecting only the very best of the best.

“From day one, they came in and took care of everything from start to finish, which speaks to the experience and skill of the RM team. Throughout the entire auction, the smiling caricature of John as the Taj Ma Garaj genie was behind the podium, and we’re sure it took place exactly as he would have wanted, smiling and enjoying every bit of it!”

4-cam 1957 Porsche 356 A Carrera GT Speedster from the Taj Ma Garaj auction

4-cam 1957 Porsche 356 A Carrera GT Speedster from the Taj Ma Garaj auction

4-cam 1957 Porsche 356 A Carrera GT Speedster by Reutter sold for $1.38 millionDonnie Gould, RM Sotheby’s senior car specialist, added, “The entire audience had the pleasure of enjoying John Dixon’s humor and fun spirit, with his caricature pictured prominently on the wall behind the auction podium.

“Every corner of the Taj Ma Garaj space was a fun, witty, and off-the-wall idea that represented his personality, and clients were treated to an exciting auction as well as the amazing collection setting that he envisioned and realized. It was an honor to work with the Dixon family on this special sale, and we’re delighted to see outstanding prices achieved across multiple categories of the Porsche market.”

The cars on offer were primarily Porsches and Volkswagens, and some of them were quirky custom builds, including a 1953 Porsche 356 limousine that sold for $207,200 and a 1971 Mangosta Sport Buggy, one of six produced, for $106,400.

1953 Porsche 356 limousine from the Taj Ma Garaj auction

1953 Porsche 356 limousine from the Taj Ma Garaj auction

Top 10 sales, RM Sotheby’s Taj Ma Garaj 2019
1957 Porsche 356 A Carrera GT Speedster, $1.38 million
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring, $412,000
1997 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe, $368,000
1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Clubsport, $357,000
1967 Porsche 911 S coupe, $335,000
1952 Porsche 356 cabriolet, $299,500
1953 Porsche 356 custom limousine, $207,200
1988 Porsche 911 Turbo ‘flat-nose’ coupe, $193,200
2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, $184,800
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe, $168,000

(Prices reported include buyer’s fee.)

RM Sotheby’s said it received bids during the sale from 20 countries and that nearly 60 percent of those bidding were first-time clients.

RM Sotheby’s next auction is scheduled for October 10-11 at Hershey, Pennsylvania.

This article, written by Larry Edsall, was originally published on ClassicCars.com, an editorial partner of Motor Authority.

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