National Auction Rolls in Unprecedented Economic Impact


A 1968 Shelby convertible, a 1931 Bugatti Royale and a number of classic Corvettes paraded through the Hershey Harrisburg Region July 30–Aug. 2 and resulted in an estimated economic impact of $10.5 million.

Specifically, the items were part of the Mecum Auctions, which happen across the United States at different points of the year and sell collector cars, motorcycles, tractors and collectibles. This auction took place at the PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center and saw $20.5 million in sales—an overall sell-through rate of 67 percent.

Overall a total of 1,016 vehicles, 135 motorcycles, 107 tractors and 405 Road Art items were offered for sale during 20-hours of auction coverage broadcast on NBC Sports Network. It’s estimated that an audience of 20,000 registered bidders and spectators attended the event. This year’s results rival Mecum’s record-breaking first-time event for northeast in Harrisburg in 2014.

“It was great to see that the crowds at this year’s Harrisburg auction easily rivaled that of our inaugural event in 2014,” says Dana Mecum, founder and president, Mecum Auctions. “With so many registered bidders present, bidding remained steadily competitive and kept sales strong.”

In celebration of the opening of the Art Institute of Chicago’s “Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again” exhibit on Oct. 20, The Albert restaurant will offer a special “POPart” inspired cocktail. Priced at 14$, the unique combination of pink and purple hues made with vodka, rose, tea and wild raspberry will surely spark the perfect photo-op.

 

Hotel EMC2 is celebrating National Art Day (Oct. 25) with paint-by-numbers amenities, which will be delivered to all guest rooms throughout the day. The property's artistic influence has led to similar art and science activations in the past, including celebrations of Albert Einstein's birthday, Pi Day, the 500th Anniversary of Da Vinci's death and more.

 

Replay Lincoln Park is celebrating Halloween all month with an "It" themed pop-up now through Oct. 31. Featuring custom artwork and photo oppportunities designed by local artists, the "It" pop-up will transport guests to Derry, Maine where the scares of Stephen King's popular novel and movies will come to life.