• Sep 27th 2010 at 7:29PM
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2008 Bugatti Veyron at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas – Click above to watch the video

It's not very often you see a Bugatti Veyron going up for auction...especially at Barrett-Jackson. Perhaps better known for their muscle cars and classics, the occasional late-model sportscar will sometimes pop up, but we can't ever remember a Veyron crossing the block. Well, on Saturday night, a 2008 Bugatti Veyron with 11,800 miles on the clock did indeed cross the block at B-J...but things didn't go quite as planned.

The one-time fastest production car on the planet (it's been trumped by Bugatti's own Super Sport) might have sold for over $1.8 million new, but was struggling to break the 1 mil mark in Vegas. Heck, it barely got to $700,000. Now, that's still a lot of money for a car, but it should have brought much more – we've never heard of a non-wrecked example going for anywhere near that little. In the end, the Bug went to a guy seated near the stage who outbid a couple of phone bidders – but that's when it got weird.

Saying that he hadn't actually bid and then that he was only trying to help, the would-be buyer rescinded his bid... and was promptly escorted from the premises. Barrett-Jackson didn't want to lose any credibility – so CEO Craig Jackson stepped up and bought the car himself. Just as he was announcing what had happened, he got a phone call from one of the other phone bidders who was saying he'd take the car off Craig's hands. Quite the little soap opera, but good theater nonetheless. Follow the jump to see the video and take a look at the gallery below as well. Hat tip to Larry!

[Sources: Speed TV, Barrett-Jackson]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone needs to drop a beat to that auctioneer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I recall right, everything at Barrett Jackson is no reserve.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guy sounds like he's trying to be a beatbox at the end....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Did they just renege on the video? It's not coming up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Video seems to be unavailable at the moment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sixty percent depreciation for a three year old car is pretty typical. It's the huge numbers that command attention in this case.
      • 4 Years Ago

      The Veyron looked extremely sexy sitting there all polished and stuff... sexy car. I would have tried to get it too at that price... nothing like it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Only trying to help" ??

      Help who?
      With what?

      Don't you have to provide some information to get a bidding paddle at something like this?

      I don't think he should have been tossed.
      I think he should have been arrested possibly if he was involved in some type of attempted fraud by trying to rig bidding price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep.. reminds me of the days when Ebay first started. People would get their friends to bid on items trying to push up the pricing.

        Same thing here. It could have been a friend of the seller or of the auction company.

        I think it was downright fraud and think the guy (or auction) should be sued and figure out a punishment for him!

      • 4 Years Ago
      Also, don't watch the video - you don't see any of the drama.

      All you hear is the auctioneer trying to get it to 725K for the last 2 minutes...very annoying.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do see the "winning" bidder's nervous face at the end as he realizes he just spent a million bucks on a used super car. That should have been the first clue that he wasn't serious.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe people who can afford a Veyron wants the new SS instead?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like a dumb-a**. I figure he won't get into another B-J auction.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Though I'm no expert but I would be will to bet the $700K that this guy was a plant by B-J. Rumors have surrounded B-J for years that they work back-end deals with sellers to bring in high-end cars just to have a showcase. I would assume that B-J made a deal with the seller that if the car didn't bring a specific price that B-J would void the deal and give the car back to the seller.
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