Auction stars of Arizona – and one white dwarf

The hills surrounding Scottsdale, Arizona, are alive with the sound of gavels.

No fewer than five auction houses have decamped to the affluent enclave in the US’s desert southwest, wielding prime examples of sought-after collector cars.

Sales have been ongoing throughout the week. On of the most closely watched lots, a 1961 Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder, achieved $2.75m at RM Auctions’ sale on 16 January – below the vehicle’s low estimate.

Indeed, prices for collector cars have been wildly uneven in recent months; a record $27.5m price paid in August 2013 for a competition Ferrari has not lifted all boats.

Herewith, a look at some of the most desirable cars that have crossed the block in Scottsdale, and many that still await their turn, just off the auction dais.