Skipco Auto Auction sale of famous movie vehicles generates nearly $500K


Skipco Auto Auction recently conducted its own version of when a movie director announces, “Lights! Camera! Action!”

SAA served as a service provider for federal authorities who looked to recovery money stemming from famous movie vehicles included in a $43 million Medicaid fraud case in Youngstown, Ohio.

SAA sold nearly $500,000 in special vehicles that were a part of a U.S. Marshals Service enforcement action. The auction had more than 870 registered bidders online and in the lanes to bid on the “Ghostbusters” Ectomobile, Batman’s “Batmobile” and the “Back to the Future” DeLorean time machine. 

The auction said each of the vehicles had more than 200 bids with the “Ghostbusters” vehicle selling for $200,000, the “Batmobile for $171,000 and the DeLorean for $111,000. 

SAA noted that all three vehicles were bought by the same out-of-state buyer. 

According to a news release from the auction, the U.S. Marshal service sold a total of 15 vehicles for more than $750,000. Janet Duncan, district asset forfeiture coordinator with the U.S. Marshals’ office in Cleveland said, “the cars were seized as ill-gotten gains” and forfeited in the criminal cases.

Skipco Auto Auction general manager Keith Blowers mentioned that bidders in the lanes for this special sale represented more than 15 states. 

“It was an exciting day for the attendees and the employees of Skipco,” Blowers said in the news release. “We have been waiting to the sell these vehicles and to have it go off as well as it did, made me enormously proud of our team.” 

“It was also great to see the enjoyment of buyers taking pictures with all their favorite movie vehicles,” he went on to say. 

Skipco Auto Auction was founded in 1978 by Robert Blowers and hosts Saturday sales open to automotive retailers.  The auction offers 500 units weekly across four simultaneous lanes.

In addition to cars and trucks, the sale also includes motorcycles, ATVs, boats, campers, RVs, and powersports equipment. SAA has full reconditioning and mechanical facilities, in-house transportation and trucking services, AutoIMS and full integrated online capabilities. 

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