Comedian Jerry Seinfeld Auctions Car Collection
It’s no secret that Jerry Seinfeld, star of the ’90s sitcom Seinfeld, has amassed a rather large collection of expensive, rare, and old cars over the years. The comedian sold off part of his collection in mid-March, bringing in over $20 million. The Gooding & Company auction took place at Amelia Island and netted over $60 million when all was said and done.
The comic’s entire lot, comprised of 18 cars, had a going price of $23.8 million to $30.1 million. Unfortunately for Seinfeld, only 17 of his cars sold for a total of just over $22.2 million. The unsold car, a 2000 Porsche Carrera GT prototype, will remain in the comedian’s possession for now.
In all, Seinfeld’s selection consisted of 16 Porsches, a Volkswagen Camper, and a 1960 Volkswagen Beetle. The Camper sold for $99,000, just shy of six digits. The Beetle, on the other hand, sold for $121,000, a global auction record for any Beetle.
Seinfeld’s top sale, and the second highest sale of the auction, was a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder. That classic car, identical to the one James Dean was driving the night of his death, sold for $5,335,000. Coming in as runner-up was a 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder at an even $3 million. Rounding out the top three was a 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Roadster that sold for $2,860,000.
The comedian didn’t sell his entire collection; not by a long shot. He reportedly still has over 30 Porsches in his possession, as well as other rare models. Prior to the sale, Seinfeld had 46 Porsches in a garage located in Manhattan.
Seinfeld, 61, currently stars in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee where he gets behind the wheel of classic cars and does exactly what the title implies. Season seven kicked off with President Barack Obama as the comic’s guest. The pair got behind the wheel of a 1963 Corvette Stingray.
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Joseph Pudlewski is somewhat of a writer and editor living in the village of Anna, Ohio. A graduate of Wright State University, he holds a B.A. in English and enjoys reading anything by Jules Verne. A third generation American, he chose to forego joining the Air Force, unlike his father and grandfather before him. He would much rather keep his feet on the ground, hence his interest in the automotive industry, although he has no fear of flying. In addition to reading and writing, he also enjoys playing video games and spending time with family.