In case you happened to miss it, the 2013 edition the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, has come and gone. And, as usual, Autoblog was there in full force on the two biggest days of the event, Friday and Saturday.

Here are some of the most interesting statistics from the week-long event:
  • A total of 1,343 cars were sold
  • The $108,766,069 in gross sales is a 17% increase over 2012
  • 300,000 peak attendance
  • At $4.62 million, the 1966 Batmobile was the most expensive car sold
  • The first 2014 Corvette Stingray sent $1.1 million to charity
  • Each of the top 10 sales topped a million dollars
You can see the original Batmobile, the first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and GM CEO Dan Akerson's personal 1958 Corvette, along with all the other cars that we covered from Barrett-Jackson over the weekend, below. Enjoy!

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It's always special when a classic concept car goes up for auction, and that was surely the case as this 1956 Chrysler Diablo Concept crossed the auction block at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson event with a top bid of $1,375,000.

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Despite some truly impassioned pleading from Jay Leno himself – including calling on Arizona's notoriously Republican-rich voters to beat the $600,000 level set the last time Leno sold a vehicle for this particular charity... in California – bidding for George Bush's 2009 Ford F-150 pickup truck stalled at $300,000.

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If you're not familiar with the Talbot-Lago brand, well... you're not alone. Born out of the collapsed Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq by an engineer named Antonio Lago, who turned the automaker into a strong competitor in racing. The machine you see above, hailing from 1947, is based on the short-wheelbase chassis used for racing with bodywork designed by Franay.

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Barrett-Jackson has a long and storied history with the Chevrolet Corvette. For instance, back in 2008, Chevrolet auctioned off the very first of its new Corvette ZR1, earning a cool million bucks, and just last year the first 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible crossed the auction block for $600,000.

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Well, that was exciting. We just watched the original Batmobile sell for a shocking $4,620,000, after all fees have been assessed. That makes this the most expensive vehicle sold (so far) here at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson car auction. Impressive.

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EXP, in the case of the 1968 Ford Mustang you see above, stands for Experimental. You see, this is one of the cars used by the Shelby American team in the development of a long list of classic Shelby Mustang models.

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We love the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. It's most definitely a classic, made famous in part by its appearance as Don Johnson's favored ride in the classic '80s television series Miami Vice... but we won't hold that against it.

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Fans of Porsche in America have longed for the chance to buy a 959 ever since the German automaker produced and sold it (well, sold it everywhere but the United States...) in the 1980s. Well, they just had their chance. The car you see above is a Porsche 959 prototype built in 1986, and only one other running prototype still exists.

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How much extra value does previous celebrity ownership add to of a car? Really, there's no way to know until the car in question hits the auction block and bidders start raising their hands. In the case of the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing you see above, the celebrity owner is none other than Clark Gable, who purchased it new. After Gable's death in 1960, the car changed hands a few times before settling with Charles Wood in 1975.

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Back at the 2012 SEMA event in Las Vegas, Chevrolet unveiled the car you see above, a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible. Actually, that's not quite accurate – this car is THE 2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible. As in, the only one ever sold. There was one more produced, but it's not leaving the GM Heritage Center any time soon. This one was just sold at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale for $400,000 exactly.

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You can count on the fact that there will be plenty of tributes to the late Carroll Shelby over the next several months and years – most of them taking the vehicular shape of the Ford Mustang, we'd wager. The one you see above was created by a group called Friends of Carroll and was unveiled by Edsel Ford II, Ford marketing VP Jim Farley and Shelby American President John Luft at the 2012 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

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While the big-ticket items sold at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale usually hit the block on Saturday, Friday often brings with it a few interesting finds. This year was no different. With an assortment of vehicles ranging from an original 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO with a 427-cubic-inch V8 and four-speed manual transmission to a 1929 Ford AA Custom Popcorn truck, you never can tell what's going to show up at Barrett-Jackson.

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There may not be a more recognizable name in the world of custom cars than Chip Foose, and those star-struck (and well-healed) fans of Foose just had the opportunity to purchase one of the designer's custom creations for their very own garage. This 1953 Ford F-100 pickup was created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the one item just about everybody has in their toolbox: WD-40.

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General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has said his final goodbye to his own personal 1958 Chevrolet Corvette. The car just sold here at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, with a final gavel price of $270,000 – since 100 percent of the sale price is slated to benefit Habitat for Humanity Detroit, there are no extra charges from the auction house on top of the sale price.

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      Beancounter
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      Korzeniewski- is this your reply to my rant?
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      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I didn't miss anything, it was plastered all over my regular automotive news..... Kinda hard to miss the walking advertisement the last week has been.
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        @AcidTonic
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        tinted up
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        @AcidTonic
        I didn't miss anything either. What I honestly care about the most are the more plebian cars that crossed the auction block. I want to see articles about cars that I wish I could've been there for to snatch up a good deal. Kind of like in the back pages of Automobile magazine where they have the "Best Buy" stamps on some auction cars. Obviously there are the crazy expensive ones too, but a little more breadth in coverage on different priced vehicles would be nice.
      h-man
      • 2 Years Ago
      File Barrett-Jackson under the More-Money-than-brains category. These are the same people who like to be 'Whales" in Vegas, showing off for people, trying to impress. All TOOLS. And those charity cars are all purchased by Corporations, via their owner, tax-free, so ignore those prices.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @h-man
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      Ron Faldik
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought it was just OK when I saw it revealed, bu with this pic..... OMG those front wheels and tires should have been moved back 6 inches 2 more inches forward and they could protrude through the front bumper.
        dej
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ron Faldik
        Luckily for GM, you have to be 3 feet tall to see from this angle. The framing of this photo seems to be in the middle of the door. All the other shots I've seen look good because they are looking down at the car. If the car buying group for this car were all height challenged, this car would be in trouble. The other shot further down (2nd row, #1) seems like 2 different cars.
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        @Ron Faldik
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      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      That '72 Ferrari is amazing. But at the half mill price I would be afraid to drive it.
      matt haney
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      Bu...bu...but the poor "job creators" how do they pay for these cars with 'bama taxing them so much now?? or is a tax write-off. I'm guessing the tax write-off.
      Mikey
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what was the least expensive car (Excluding the top 10) that sold?
      Mike Fernandez
      • 2 Years Ago
      That picture of the vette makes it look like it's rollin' on straight dubs!!! Haha
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