QUINCY -- Bidders and participants in the 13th Annual Sullivan Auctioneers' Collector Car Auction traveled from near and far to be a part of the day-long car auction, which featured more than 450 classic and vintage automobiles and more than 100 items of memorabilia. Among the cars sold was a 1963 Chevrolet Split Window Corvette, which sold for $91,000.
Matt Sullivan said there were more than 4,000 people at the auction, including potential buyers from France and Australia and more than 17 different states. An additional 2,000 people registered as internet bidders. Sullivan is a co-owner in auction company.
Among those participating in the auction as a possible bidder was Joe Stewart.
Stewart, a resident of La Harpe, described the auction "as the king of no reserve car auctions."
Sullivan said he and the rest of the ownership group never imagined that the sale, which was making its Quincy debut after being held in Hamilton for the previous 12 years would grow to be so large.
"It is just been crazy," Sullivan said following the auction at the Oakley-Lindsay Center.
Sullivan praised the convention center for being able to house the auction, which featured three auction rings operating throughout the day.
"Quincy has been great, so hopefully they let us come back next year, Sullivan said. "It is a nice facility, and everyone has been so easy to work with and we really do mean it."
"I don't know if Hamilton could have accommodated a crowd like this," he said.
Sullivan said he hoped that nearby businesses were able to benefit from the influx of people.
Hotel personnel at multiple downtown hotels said occupancy rates were up and at least two hotels were sold out. General managers for those respective hotels were not available for comment, but front desk staff confirmed that the hotels had been completely booked for the night prior to the sale.
At the Quality Inn & Suites, General Manager Kenyetta McFall said the city's largest hotel saw increased occupancy numbers.
"We definitely knew something was going on in town," McFall said.
She added that she and many of the city's hoteliers are hopeful that Sullivan's would return to the city next year.