January 22, 2013 |
A pair of classic Ferraris sold for more than $8 million apiece. The original Batmobile fetched more than $4.6 million. A racing Porsche from 1959 brought in $3.1 million. At a series of Arizona classic car auctions last week, these and hundreds of other cars sold for an average of more than $100,000 - a big jump over the average of about $85,000 last year, according to Hagerty Insurance Agency, which insures and tracks values of classic cars. The total take for the auctions in Scottsdale and Phoenix jumped 22% from last year, to nearly $224 million.
January 10, 2013 |
If $8 million sounds like too much for a 1960 Ferrari, perhaps a 1958 model in the range of $5.5 million to $7 million better suits your budget. Such are the choices the world's wealthiest car collectors will face this month in Arizona. Every year, buyers, sellers and car nuts descend on Scottsdale and Phoenix for one of the largest gatherings of car auctions in the country. "This is it. This is the big one," McKeel Hagerty says of the week of auctions. Hagerty is founder and chief executive of Hagerty Insurance Agency, which insures and tracks sale prices of classic cars.
September 22, 2012 |
Party like a celebrity at the W Scottsdale , then shop 'til you drop at the Arizona desert city's chic and trendy boutiques. The hotel, located in Old Town Scottsdale, is modern and hip, with a restaurant, spa and three bars, including a rooftop lounge and pool complete with cabanas and sand. The deal: If you hate your age, W Hotel Scottsdale has a deal that will make you smile. You can pay your birth year on the second night of a two-night stay. Born in 1970? That means you'll pay $70 for that night.
June 5, 2012 |
Omar Amin was browsing for books, but instead he got the boot. The 73-year-old was looking for gifts for his two grandsons in an Arizona Barnes & Noble store when he got a rude tap on the shoulder: It seems a female customer told store officials she was “uncomfortable” that a man was in the children's section unaccompanied by any minor. A store employee told the 73-year-old Amin, the director of a Scottsdale medical clinic, to leave and escorted him out of the business.
November 29, 2011 |
The newest thing in the desert might be the Saguaro, a hotel brand based on -- what else? -- the colors and casual style of the Southwest. One opened this month in Scottsdale, Ariz., and a second is to open in Palm Springs in February as a redo of the former Holiday Inn at Sunrise Way and East Palm Canyon Drive. The concept was developed by Sydell Group, and boutique hotel operator Joie de Vivre has been tapped to manage the new brand. For the record, 10:45 a.m. Dec. 1: An earlier version of this post said Sydell Group was the creative force behind Ace hotels in Palm Springs and New York.
July 13, 2011 |
Triple-digit heat sometimes brings out the best at desert resorts eager to woo summer guests. The W Scottsdale offers a random perk for those who stay in July. It could be a free room upgrade or a free pedicure; you won't know until you go. The deal: Lucky You rewards guests with a "peel and win" game card good for a variety of hotel extras. Some examples: an upgrade to a suite, a poolside cabana for daytime use, free cocktails for two, a hotel T-shirt and beach towel.