About RM

RM Sotheby’s (formerly RM Auctions) is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. Over the past 35 years, we have cemented our position as the market leader and successfully transformed the global automotive auction scene, helping elevate the perception of collector car auctions to premium events executed at the same level as high-end art auctions. Our vertically integrated range of services, from restoration and private treaty sales to auctions and estate planning, coupled with an expert team of Car Specialists, international footprint, focus on quality of product, and inventiveness of presentation, provides an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market.


Our business has been fueled by a love of cars and a passion for producing results since 1976. To date, hundreds of million-dollar-plus automobiles have been sold at our catalogue auctions, which average a 91% sell-through rate. Buyers and sellers have come from all corners of the globe, and last year represented more than 70 countries from Russia and the Middle East to Asia, Europe, and the Americas. 


RM has a diverse calendar of annual auctions hosted throughout North America and Europe. Influenced by location, each event possesses a distinct character, ensuring that any automobile or collection will find the perfect auction venue on our roster. Currently, RM proudly holds five of the top 10 all-time records for the most valuable motor cars sold at auction. In February 2015, RM Auctions formed a strategic partnership with Sotheby’s to become RM Sotheby’s, uniting the two companies for the full calendar of future automobile auctions.


From its inception, RM’s auction division has experienced consistent and impressive growth, establishing an enviable roster of collector car auction events in a variety of prestigious settings around the globe. Such notable auctions span the United States and include Monterey, California; Hershey, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; Detroit, Michigan; and Amelia Island, Florida, where RM partners with the world-famous Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. In 2007, RM expanded into Europe, hosting record-breaking auctions in Maranello, Italy (2007-2009), and London, England. The company’s European calendar also includes an annual sale in Paris during the world-famous Rétromobile week, along with biennial events in Monaco during the same weekend as the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique and Lake Como, Italy, where the company is the official auction house of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.


RM Sotheby’s employs the world’s largest team of dedicated Car Specialists who are located around the world and offer services in a number of different languages. Buyers and sellers both benefit from the knowledge of RMA’s Car Specialists, who have more than 400 years of combined experience with buying, selling, racing, and restoring automobiles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. As true enthusiasts who are fully immersed in the hobby, you can keep up with them as they post live from the road by following #rmontheroad and following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


RM Sotheby’s has a world-renowned Client Services team that prides itself on providing the best experience possible for our clients. Our Client Services department is happy to liaise with our Car Specialists and Research & Editorial team to answer any queries you may have regarding specific auction lots, along with providing complete concierge services, including travel arrangements, pre-arranged bidder registration, transport services, and insurance options.


RM Sotheby’s is the only auction house to employ a full-time Research & Editorial team, fully dedicated to researching the history and authenticity of each and every car we bring to market. Our catalogues are detailed, extensively researched, and beautifully photographed to showcase the consignments to an international standard. Stop by the Access the Knowledge booth, onsite at our events, where you will find our history library and all corresponding information and accessories, including everything from certificates to tool kits, from each lot, as well as a knowledgeable RM staff member to help answer any questions you may have.


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Meet the RM Car Specialists - PDF

Alexander Weaver


+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat


+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht


+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig


+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose


+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould


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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff


+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach


+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry


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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut


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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire


+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn


+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin


+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill


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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher


+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers


+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden


+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more