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Sports fans, movie buffs and music-lovers all have something to gawk at during the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction.
Leading the pack of more than a dozen cars with celebrity tie-ins headed to the Scottsdale Auction block are two supercars from superstars of the music world: Steven Tyler and Justin Bieber, who are both expected to be onstage to encourage bidding on their high-powered vehicles.
Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder-the fifth of only 12 Venom GTs ever created and the first of the Spyder convertibles-will be headed across the block on Jan. 20, with 100 percent of the hammer price going to Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative created by Tyler to bring hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect.
Bieber’s Frozen Blue 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia will take its turn on the auction block on Jan. 21. The Ferrari was built by West Coast Customs. The exterior is wrapped in Frozen Blue and fitted with a wide-body kit by Liberty Walk, which includes custom fender flares, front splitter, side skirt splitter and a rear wing. The interior includes a custom 2,000-watt 10-inch subwoofer with matched MB Quart separates. The factory custom interior was built to Bieber’s specifications.
“We loved working with Justin to make his Ferrari a true one-of-one custom supercar,” said Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO of West Coast Customs. “Despite his hectic schedule, he was heavily involved in the customization process and really put his signature style on this Ferrari. I can’t think of a better place than Barrett-Jackson to give someone else the chance to love it as much as he did.”
Also, NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be visiting Barrett-Jackson for the very first time to help auction off two cars for charity on Jan. 21. Every penny of the sale price of a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle designed from scratch by Dale Jr. in conjunction with GM experts, as well as his 2014 Chevrolet No. 88 race car, will benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Another big draw is the 1956 Austin Princess once belonging to the legendary John Lennon. Featured in the 1972 documentary film “Imagine,” which coincided with the release of his album by the same name, the car was unusually customized by Lennon with two rows of airline seats, complete with ashtray arms.
And of course, actor Burt Reynolds will once again pay a visit to the Scottsdale Auction to sell his very own 1978 Pontiac Firebird Custom Coupe. Reynolds was a huge crowd favorite at the 2016 Scottsdale event when the $550,000 sale of the original 1977 Trans Am used as the “Smokey and the Bandit” movie promo car brought the house down.