There are plenty of ways to buy a car at auction. On the one hand, you can pay a few grand for an ex-police Crown Vic or a drug dealer’s impounded Camaro at a tow lot on the outskirts of town. On the other, you can sip champagne or a cappuccino and bid in half-million-dollar increments on a hand-built rolling sculpture from Europe’s finest engineers and designers. Those are the extreme ends of the world of car auctions, and there's plenty going on in the middle, too, but it’s the latter that puts the world’s rarest, most desirable, most expensive cars into new garages.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/Articles/2015/12/03/Expensive-Cars-at-Auction