RM Sotheby’s returns to Hershey, Pennsylvania, October 8 – 9, for its ninth annual sale at the historic Hershey Lodge. A mainstay on the global collector car calendar, the auction is a feature attraction of the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet, a true enthusiast’s affair that brings together collectors and hobbyists from around the world.
This year’s event follows RM Sotheby’s strongest Hershey performance to date in 2014 - a remarkable $14 million in sales with an impressive 93 percent of all lots sold. The upcoming auction is set to build on this success, presenting an outstanding roster of 148 automobiles, spanning nearly nine decades of automotive history, joined by one classic boat, one motorcycle and select memorabilia.
We invite you to follow the link above to read our complete Hershey digital catalogue. Hi-res images are available for downloading from the RM Media Center. Further information and interview opportunities are available and can be easily arranged upon request.
If you’re interested in attending the Hershey auction as a member of the media, please submit your application in advance via the link below. If you are unable to attend the event in person, the auction will stream live at www.rmsothebys.com.
Sunday, 27 September 2015
Friday, 25 September 2015
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RM SOTHEBY’S WELCOMES TONNIE VAN DER VELDEN
TO ITS GLOBAL SPECIALIST TEAM
Well-known and respected collector car expert Tonnie van der Velden joins RM Sotheby’s
LONDON, England (September 24, 2015) – RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is thrilled to announce the addition of Tonnie van der Velden to its global team of car specialists.
A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie traces his love for classic cars back to 1975 when his brother bought a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. His brother’s purchase quickly led to buying and selling as a hobby, exposing Tonnie to a wide variety of makes and models from a young age. In 1987, Tonnie entered into business with his brother, and has since been actively involved in buying and selling classic and modern examples on an international level, including from such marques as Ferrari, Maserati and Mercedes-Benz.
While Tonnie’s passion for automobiles spans the spectrum of the market – from prewar to modern sports cars – he has a particular penchant for European sports cars, with a focus on Ferrari. He purchased his first collector car in 1982 – a 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia SS - and has gone on to own a diverse range of motor cars from a 1909 Jackson to a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1963 AC Cobra, and numerous contemporary Ferraris. Tonnie also takes a keen interest in automobilia and automotive art, as well as other passion-driven hobbies such as fine art and watches.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Tonnie to our global team of specialists,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Sotheby’s Europe. “Tonnie is a true car guy and a natural fit with our team. Well-respected in car circles, his deep knowledge of the industry, coupled with his extensive network of contacts and strong business acumen make him a valuable addition as we further expand our reach and accessibility in key markets.”
Tonnie comments, “After many years working with RM Sotheby’s on the client side, I’m thrilled to officially join their global team, which I strongly believe is the best in the business. RM boasts a great team of professionals, and I share their passion for the automotive lifestyle. Their commitment to delivering the very best in customer service is something that always impressed me as a client, and I’m excited to now be part of it as we work together to further grow the RM brand.”
Comprised of 20 individuals worldwide, RM Sotheby’s dedicated team of car specialists is the largest in the collector car industry. Collectively, the group offers more than 500 years combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. Their knowledge, commitment to the client, and proven ability to locate the world’s finest motor cars and then find engaged and ready buyers, is unsurpassed in the industry.
Tonnie van der Velden is based in the Netherlands, working closely with RM Sotheby’s London office. To contact van der Velden or to discuss consignment opportunities, please call +31 653 84 19 60 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, 18 September 2015
Exceptional Fords and Shelbys to Cross the Block at the 8th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction
Exceptional Fords and Shelbys to Cross the Block at the
Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction
- A 2006 Shelby GT-H CSM #002 (Lot #736) owned by Walt Seaman, vice president of Hertz Worldwide Fleet Operations, was a special production from Hertz, Ford and Shelby, was never rented and features a rare 5-speed manual transmission
- A stunning 2005 Ford GT (Lot #711) with only 2,081 actual miles will be crossing the block at No Reserve
- Remarkable examples of a 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Super Cobra Jet (Lot #7002) and a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 (Lot #702) add to the diverse docket of desirable Mustangs
LAS VEGAS – Sept 16, 2015 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, is set to host a premiere docket of Fords and Shelby muscle cars during the 8th Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction, held Sept. 24-26, 2015, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas docket includes a variety of Ford-powered muscle cars, including a rare 2006 Shelby GT-H CSM #002 that was developed through a special collaboration between Hertz, Ford and Shelby, was never rented and is one of only four that features a manual transmission.
“True to our Las Vegas tradition, we’ve consigned some superstar vehicles for this year’s auction,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Our Ford lineup is particularly impressive and features some rare and coveted vehicles, including the second Shelby GT-H built by Shelby American in 2006. It’s only fitting that this remarkable Shelby is crossing our Las Vegas block. It is following its predecessor, CSM #001, which was owned by Carroll Shelby and sold at our Scottsdale auction in January as part of the Ron Pratte Collection.”
The 2006 Shelby GT-H CSM #002 (Lot #736) has only 933 actual miles and is still owned by Walt Seaman, who initiated the GT-H project in 2005 as the vice president of Hertz Worldwide Fleet Operations. Shelby produced 496 automatic units for the Hertz rental fleet, of which 20 were purchased by Hertz executives and never rented. Four of those units, including CSM #002, featured 5-speed manual transmissions with a factory 18-inch wheel package.
Among the most anticipated Fords crossing the auction block is a stunning 2005 Ford GT (Lot #711) with only 2,081 actual miles. This American supercar selling at No Reserve is powered by a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 with 550hp. This vehicle also includes all four factory options, including stripes, wheels, red brake calibers and McIntosh stereo, and comes with original showroom sales documents.
“With all of the excitement built around it, our Las Vegas auction is the perfect venue to showcase these spectacular Ford machines,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “With either a unique provenance or a set of rare factory options, many of our Ford-powered vehicles are incredible pieces of American automotive history and a perfect addition to every collection.”
Another Ford-powered auction highlight will be a 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Super Cobra Jet (Lot #7002) finished in the incredibly rare factory Ford blue paint and accompanied by a Deluxe Marti Report. This Mustang’s factory close-ratio Hurst T-handle 4-speed transmission transfers all the torque to the posi-traction 3.91 rear end. The car’s interior is all original, including the factory fold-down back seat, the tachometer and the in-dash clock. Exterior factory options include front and rear spoiler, rear window louvers and sport lamps. It is also equipped with the Ram Air scoop and the rare Drag Pack option.
Adding to the diverse docket of exceptional Mustangs is a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 (Lot #702) with an original matching-numbers Boss 302 engine. Refinished in the original Grabber Yellow, this Mustang also features a 4-speed close-ratio transmission, 4.30 ratio locking rear axles, factory Shaker Hood option, 8000 RPM factory tachometer, power steering and power disc brakes.
Thursday, 17 September 2015
BRASS AND CLASSIC ERA RARITIES SET FOR RM SOTHEBY’S HERSHEY SALE
· RM Sotheby’s readies for highly anticipated Hershey, Pennsylvania sale, October 8-9
· Perfectly matched to the AACA Fall Meet setting, latest highlights comprise early American and European motoring rarities, including a 1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A Seven-Passenger Touring and a 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Landaulette
· Complete digital catalogue now available at www.rmsothebys.com
BLENHEIM, ON (September 17, 2015) – RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to announce final entries for its annual Hershey sale, October 8-9 in Pennsylvania. A feature attraction of the AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet, the Hershey Lodge auction features an outstanding roster of 149 automobiles and select memorabilia, with a focus on desirable Brass and Classic Era models.
Leading recently added highlights for the October sale are some of the grandest early American and European automobiles. One of just 14 surviving examples, which rarely emerge for public sale, the 1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A Seven-Passenger Touring, chassis no. 66667, represents an extremely exciting ownership opportunity. The largest and most potent motor car produced at the time, 66667 was acquired by the Minneapolis Fire Department and used as a “Chief’s Limousine” in the early 1920s, as they moved from a horse-drawn to a motorized fleet. The Pierce-Arrow has since been restored to its original form, and has successfully participated in more than a dozen long-distance tours in recent years. An ultimate Brass Era automobile, it is a must-have for serious collectors of this early period (Est. $550,000 - $650,000).
Representing the Edwardian Era is an exceedingly rare 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Landaulette by Barker, chassis no. 25EB. Imported to the United States early in its life, the Silver Ghost was purchased by Helen Brice, a member of one of the wealthiest East Coast families of the era. Miss Brice used the car regularly until 1934, when she and her chauffeur, Francis Cox, thought it time to trade it in. Cox wrote a letter to Mr. Henry Ford, suggesting that the elegant example of original coachwork on a great chassis would be an appropriate addition to his new museum, to which Mr. Ford agreed, displaying the Silver Ghost at The Henry Ford until 1971. Expertly restored in 2004, it is one of very few examples to retain its original chassis, engine, and coachwork, and was so well cared for that little restorative work was actually required. It comes to auction as one of the finest surviving, wonderfully pure Silver Ghosts available (Est. $500,000 - $700,000).
“Since its inception, our Hershey sale has been known as a great venue for offering Brass Era automobiles, and this year’s event provides tremendous choice for collectors drawn to early automotive design and engineering. It is certainly our strongest Hershey lineup to date, complete with some of the finest Brass and Classic Era motor cars in existence,” says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Each lot is very well-suited to both the sale and the AACA meet, and is sure to capture the interest of the hundreds of international enthusiasts and collectors that make the annual automotive pilgrimage to Hershey each October.”
As collectors have come to expect in Hershey, the roster of Brass Era cars are complemented by a tremendous selection of American classics. Among highlights, a 1930 Cadillac V-16 Two-Passenger Coupe by Fleetwood, one of only 98 examples built to this luxurious design. The car has been restored in period-correct colors of black and metallic pewter – the quality of which was acknowledged by a second in class award at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance amidst a competitive field (Est. $450,000 - $600,000, offered without reserve). Also slated for the Hershey podium is an elegant 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Convertible Coupe, formerly owned by noted model expert, Joe Morgan. Featuring a seldom-seen body style, this desirable Imperial maintains its original chassis, engine and body, and sports a restoration in its original colors of Abbott Gray and Tonawanda Green (Est. $250,000 - $300,000, offered without reserve).
Duff adds, “Throughout 2015, we’ve seen a resurgence of collectors chasing great classics, resulting in strong prices for the most revered American marques. We’re thrilled with the opportunity to present a car such as the Cadillac V-16 Two-Passenger Coupe, a model rarely offered at auction and highly sought after by collectors.”
Additional notable Brass and Classic Era entries include:
· a genuine and very original 1933 Pierce-Arrow Twelve Convertible Coupe Roadster, one of three surviving examples and boasting a mere 27,260 actual miles and known history from new, including prominent Pennsylvania ownership (Est. $350,000 - $400,000);
· a highly desirable and beautifully restored 1913 Locomobile Model 48 “M” Series III Baby Tonneau; one of the grandest and long-lived early American luxury cars, this Locomobile would prove an excellent AACA Reliability Tour and HCCA tour car (Est. $300,000 - $400,000, offered without reserve);
· a 1931 Aston Martin 11/2-Litre International 2/4 Seater, a beautiful, matching-numbers example of the most successful pre-war Aston Martin ever produced, recently restored to original condition (Est. $200,000 - $275,000); and,
· an authentic, factory-supercharged 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton, a former ACD Club National Best in Show winner benefitting from long term enthusiast ownership (Est. $150,000 - $175,000, offered without reserve).
In addition to the motor cars, RM’s Hershey sale presents an eclectic group of highly important collectibles and automobilia. Stand out highlights include 22 lots from the previously announced Richard Roy Estate Collection, including a trio of detailed, fully functional steam-powered Stanley models, original Peter Helck drawings depicting pivotal moments in motoring history, and threescale model replicas of World War II aircraft. Also on offer is a hard-to-find 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-3 Engine, a fine spare or display piece for any collector of the Brass Era marque (Est. $30,000 - $50,000).
For further information and to view the complete Hershey digital catalogue, visit www.rmsothebys.com or call +1 519 352 4575.
BONHAMS OFFERS THE BEST OF BRITISH WITH THE
GORDON WILLEY MOTOR CAR COLLECTION
From left: the 1934 Invicta 4½-Litre 'S' Type Low Chassis Tourer; the 1938 Frazer Nash-BMW 328 Roadster;
the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon; the 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe, and the 1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer
Bonhams is pleased to announce the sale of the Lancashire-based Gordon Willey collection of 12 rare and valuable collectors’ motor cars.
Of the collection, five will be sold at Bonhams annual Bond Street Sale, taking place at Bonhams global headquarters at 101 New Bond Street on 6 December. The remaining seven motor cars will be offered at Bonhams’ December Sale, taking place at the Hendon RAF Museum on 10 December.
The multi-million-pound collection includes an astonishing seven Bentleys, plus several rare, pre-war motor cars, such as the ex-Billy Cotton 1938 Frazer-Nash BMW 328 Roadster, estimated at £550,000-650,000, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon, estimate £400,000-500,000, and delivered new to the Nizam of Nabunda, the ex-Nigel Dawes 1934 Invicta 4½-Litre 'S' Type Low Chassis Tourer, featuring coachwork by Carbodies, at an estimate of £500,000-600,000.
Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman, said: “This incredible collection is offered by retired businessman, Mr. Gordon Willey. An avid enthusiast with a penchant for pre-war classics, the collection features a variety of motor cars from great British marques, Bentley, Aston Martin, Frazer Nash and Invicta.”
Motor cars offered at the Bond Street Sale:
- The ex-Billy Cotton 1938 Frazer Nash-BMW 328 Roadster – estimate £550,000-650,000
- The ex-Nigel Dawes 1934 Invicta 4½-Litre 'S' Type Low Chassis Tourer, coachwork by Carbodies – estimate £500,000-600,000
- Formerly part of the Schlumpf Museum Collection 1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer, Coachwork by Vanden Plas – estimate £400,000-500,000
- 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon – estimate £400,000-500,000
- The ex-Nigel Dawes 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé – estimate £380,000-420,000
ANTICIPATION BUILDING FOR AUCTIONS AMERICA’S DEBUT SALE DURING THE HILTON HEAD ISLAND MOTORING FESTIVAL
ANTICIPATION BUILDING FOR AUCTIONS AMERICA’S DEBUT SALE
DURING THE HILTON HEAD ISLAND MOTORING FESTIVAL
· Auctions America announces additional highlights for its new Hilton Head Island sale, October 31 in South Carolina
· The official auction of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance, boutique afternoon sale lifts gavel on some 100 blue-chip collector cars and select automobilia
· Exciting new highlights spearheaded by a superb group of domestic and foreign sports cars, including a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC and a Ford GT 40 Mk V
· Further information and a frequently updated list of entries available at www.auctionsamerica.com
AUBURN, Indiana (September 16, 2015) – Following a busy summer of sales, including strong results in both California and Indiana, Auctions America is gearing up for its debut Hilton Head Island Auction, October 31 in South Carolina. The official auction of the Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance, the boutique afternoon sale is set to round out the 2015 Auctions America calendar in style, lifting the gavel on a limited roster of some 100 blue-chip collector cars and select automobilia.
“We’ve received tremendously positive feedback since announcing our debut Hilton Head Island sale and look forward to welcoming the collector community to South Carolina for what promises to be a terrific hobby weekend. The caliber and quality of entries secured for the sale have set the stage for a very exciting close to our 2015 season,” says Megan Boyd, Car Specialist, Auctions America. Boyd adds, “In addition to our sale, we’re proud to sponsor the ‘Salute to Centennial Driving’ tour – another exciting fixture of this year’s Motoring Festival, scheduled for October 30 and followed by an afternoon auction preview.”
Recent highlights for the Halloween sale include a fantastic roster of quality domestic and foreign sports cars, led by a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC. A well-sorted example of one of the marque’s classic 12-cylinder touring cars, this stunning Ferrari is offered from four decades of careful and well-documented California ownership. Beautifully presented in classic Rosso over a black leather interior, it is accompanied by its tool roll, spare, jack and original operating handbook, as well as a comprehensive history file showing invoices and receipts dating back to 1976 (Est. $650,000 - $725,000).
The 330 GTC will be joined center stage at the Hilton Head Island auction by a spectacular Ford GT 40 Mk V, combining menacing design with incredible power. Developed to continue the production of the Le Mans winning GT 40, the Mk V Ford GT 40 cars are recognized and registered as authentic GT 40’s. One of just two aluminum monocoque chassis built, the example on offer is equipped with a 5.3-liter V-8 with Dart alloy heads connected to a ZF five-speed gearbox. Presented in rich blue with Le Mans stripes and a black interior, it carries Mk II rear bodywork with rear deck inlet ducts and a fully-vented spare tire cover, and is one of very few examples built to roadster configuration. Considered one of the lightest GT 40’s ever constructed – thanks to the use of carbon fiber panels - it weighs a mere 857 kilograms (Est $300,000 - $350,000).
Additional notable entries include:
· an elegant, highly original 1965 Maserati Sebring Series II Coupe by Vignale; offered from long-term ownership, this Sebring is one of the ultimate Maserati touring cars, equipped with five-speed ZF Transmission, Lucas MFI, and Maserati’s famed twin-plug cylinder head. One of only 98 Series II Sebring coupes produced between 1965-1966, it features a wonderfully preserved original interior and a reported 70,000 kilometers from new ($200,000 - $240,000);
· a two-owner 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera; stunning in Platinum Metallic with a Cinnamon leather interior, this highly optioned Turbo Carrera shows just over 35,000 original miles and is presented in spectacular condition throughout (Est. $225,000 - $275,000); and
· a multi-award winning 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster, one of the finest examples of its kind. Offered from a prominent Montana Collection, this iconic Corvette returns to Hilton Head Island after winning Best in Class at the 2009 Concours d’Elegance ($225,000 - $275,000).
The wide array of sports cars slated for Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island sale will be complemented by a superb selection of American Classics. Standout lots include an award winning 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, boasting just four owners from new and equipped with many of the rare “vanity accessories” with which these cars were delivered, including stainless steel drink tumblers, a cigarette case, lady’s compact and leather-backed mirror (Est. $175,000 - $200,000); and a top-of-the-line, showroom quality 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, resplendent in white with a red and white interior and fitted with all the desirable options, including air-conditioning, power steering, brakes, windows and top (Est. $120,000 - $140,000).
In addition to the motor cars, the Auctions America sale features a handpicked selection of automobilia, including a fully-detailed, one-of-a-kind Michele Conti Ferrari 330 GTC model, built to 1:10 scale and complete with custom metal carry case (Est. $10,000 - $15,000); and an original Alfredo de la Maria Bugatti Type 37 oil painting (Est. $18,000 - $22,000).
Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island sale will be held at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spapreview on Friday, October 30. For further information or to view a frequently updated list of entries, please visit www.auctionsamerica.com. For limited consignment opportunities, please call an Auctions America Car Specialist toll free 877.906.2437 (+1 260.927.9797 outside North America).
For more information on the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, visit the official website at www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. All ticket options and packages for the 2015 Motoring Festival, including those for the Salute to Centennial Driving Tour, the Flights & Fancy Aeroport Gala and the Aero Expo, are available for purchase atwww.HHIMotoringFestival.com/tickets.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
BENTLEY THAT TOOK KEITH RICHARDS ON WILD
MARRAKECH TRIP SOLD FOR £763,100 AT BONHAMS
- Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale offered more than 350 lots of motor cars, aeroplanes and automobilia, achieving £12.7 million
- A Bentley S3 Continental ‘Flying Spur’, the car that took Rolling Stone Keith Richards and model Anita Pallenberg on a drug-fuelled trip to Marrakech, smashed its pre-sale estimate to realise £763,100
- Chris Evans’ personal automobilia sold for £65,280, a sum the new Top Gear presenter will donate to BBC charity Children in Need
- America’s first Formula 1 cars sold well, with the 1960 Scarab-Offenhauser Formula 1/Intercontinental Formula Racing Single-Seater sold for £673,500
- Further highlights include a duo of Aston Martins: a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible, sold for £1,087,900, and the 1935 Aston Martin Ulster 2/4-seater Tourer, sold for £740,700
Bonhams 12 September Goodwood Revival Sale saw an incredible variety of motor cars, aeroplanes and automobilia go under the hammer in front of a packed crowd of enthusiastic bidders.
The beautiful blue Bentley S3 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ that took Keith Richards and friends on a drug-fuelled adventure from England to Morocco sold above estimate, achieving £763,100.
“It was a car meant to be driven fast at night,” Richards said, in his 2010 autobiography, Life.
“Having this car was already heading for trouble, breaking the rules of the establishment, driving a car I was definitely not born in to. ‘Blue Lena’ had carried us on many an acid-fuelled journey.”
Eight children’s race-cars, including half-scale Ferraris and pedal cars, all offered by Chris Evans sold well. One of the highlights was a rare ‘Bimbo V12 Racer’ two-seat child’s motorised car by S.I.L.A. of Turin, sold for double estimate at £13,750. Chris Evans’ automobilia sale raised £65,280, all of which will be donated to BBC charity Children in Need.
The highlight of Chris Evans’ cars was the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB ‘Alloy’ Berlinetta recreation, which sold for £606,300.
Elsewhere, the very first, home-grown, all-American team of Formula 1 racing cars went under the hammer. Named after the legendary Egyptian ‘good luck’ beetle, the ‘Scarabs’ saw spirited bidding in the room, on the telephone and online. After intense bidding, the 1960 Scarab-Offenhauser Formula 1/Intercontinental Formula Racing Single-Seater sold for £673,500, the 1960-Type Scarab-Offenhauser Formula 1/Intercontinental Formula Racing Single-Seater, sold for £328,540, and the highly coveted 1956 Fiat-Bartoletti Tipo 642 Diesel-Engined Racing Car Transporter sold for £656,700. The 1958-Type Scarab-Chevrolet Mark I Sports-Racing Two-Seater, that did not find a buyer under the hammer, was later sold to a European bidder for circa £650,000, a 100% success for this important collection.
James Knight, Bonhams International Group Motoring Director, said: “For the first time at Revival, this year we created a ‘drive through’ auction, so bidders were able to see and hear the lots as they came under the hammer. We always enjoy coming to the Goodwood Revival, it’s an event with great atmosphere, great energy, and we’re very proud to continue our long-term partnership with the world’s greatest historic race meeting.
“We had a great sale, achieving £12.7 million, and look forward to the remaining sales in this year’s motoring calendar.”
The next sale in Bonhams motoring department calendar is the Frederiksen Collection Sale, taking place at Lyngsbækgaard Manor, in Mols Bjerge National Park, Denmark, on Saturday 26 September 2015.
For more information visit https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/.
JANIS JOPLIN’S ICONIC PORSCHE 356C CABRIOLET
SET FOR RM SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK AUCTION STAGE
SET FOR RM SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK AUCTION STAGE
· RM Sotheby’s presents Janis Joplin’s beloved psychedelic Porsche at its exclusive New York City auction and exhibition, December 10
· Offered for sale by the Joplin family, the wildly-painted Porsche was driven and actively enjoyed by the legendary singer in period, and has been a featured exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland for two decades
· Titled ‘Driven by Disruption’, RM Sotheby’s highly anticipated Manhattan sale moves to new December date
· Exclusive auction and exhibition to feature carefully curated roster of 30 creatively-styled, cutting-edge automobiles and select memorabilia
· Further information and a frequently updated list of entries available online at www.rmsothebys.com
NEW YORK, New York (September 15, 2015) - She may have famously sung “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz”, but legendary singer Janis Joplin personally drove an unmistakably wild 1965 Porsche 365C 1600 Cabriolet. This December, Joplin’s iconic Porsche will be offered as a star attraction at RM Sotheby’s exclusive Driven by Disruption sale in New York City - just in time for the holidays!
“Janis Joplin’s 356C is without question one of the most important Porsches of all time,” says Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Sotheby’s West Coast Division. “It’s a fantastic automobile that transcends art, pop culture and social movements, and is as groundbreaking and stunning as the renowned singer was herself.”
Joplin purchased the Porsche in September 1968 and decided that the original Pearl White finish was slightly too conservative for the Queen of Rock and Roll. She engaged Dave Richards, a friend and roadie with her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, to customize the car with a kaleidoscopic mural. Described by Richards to represent ‘The History of the Universe’, the dramatic artwork included such graphics as butterflies and jellyfish, as well as a portrait of Joplin with members of the band. The finished product was as colorful as the singer’s personality and certainly representative of the era - a one-of-a-kind flamboyant symbol of San Francisco’s psychedelic rock age. The car quickly became identified with Joplin, who was frequently seen driving it in period.
As Janis’s sister and biographer, Laura Joplin recalls, “Janis drove the car everywhere, all around San Francisco and down to Los Angeles when she was recording there. Wherever Janis went in the car, her fans recognized it. When she parked it and returned, there was always at least one fan note under the wipers.”
Following Joplin’s untimely death in 1970, the Porsche has remained in her family’s ownership, and was enjoyed by her manager, Albert Grossman, who drove it for several years, lending it to visiting family and friends. By the early 1990s, the car was treated to a meticulous restoration, preserving the integrity of the Porsche and presenting the car precisely as it was customized in period.
The Janis Joplin Porsche went on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 1995, where it remained a permanent and popular display up until this week. Offered for sale by the Joplin Family, it is expected to bring in excess of $400,000 when it crosses RM Sotheby’s New York podium in December.
Michael Joplin comments, “Besides Janis's music and legacy, her Porsche is the most visual and important piece of memorabilia that exists. Like most people and their car of choice, her Porsche is a direct link to Janis. She drove it everywhere - and with everyone that was anyone in the San Francisco music scene - with the top down and her feathers flying. Her music, life and car are a part of rock and roll history.”
Kelleher adds, “As a titan of the creative movement of the late 1960s, Janis Joplin remains one of the music industry’s brightest stars. It is an honor to be working with her family in the sale of this magnificent Porsche and even more so to have the opportunity to showcase such an important woman’s ownership of a classic car.”
The Joplin Porsche will be joined at RM Sotheby’s December 10 sale by a carefully curated selection of some 30 creatively-styled and pioneering motor cars, and select automotive-themed artwork. The second iteration of the company’s Art of the Automobile event, the December auction has been entitled Driven by Disruption. Much like the Porsche’s groundbreaking artwork, each of the cars in the auction showcases the extremes of motoring history and the molds that were broken by engineers and designers in pushing the automotive envelope. Previously slated for November, the new December date was strategically chosen to coincide with one of the most spectacular times of the year in New York City.
“Whether it be a stunningly beautiful coachbuilt automobile, a wild, untraditional design, or a marvel of high performance engineering, the auction will present cars that break with the conventional morals of car design and production. We are delighted to showcase this exhibit during a time in New York that is truly magical,” states Kelleher.
The new sale date is perfectly suited to the tastes and interests of RM’s collector car clients, providing opportunity for them to not only spend a few days in New York during the electric holiday season, but to also enjoy other events taking place during the same period, including Sotheby’s Important Watches and Magnificent Jewels sales. As a prelude to the Driven by Disruption sale, an exclusive six-day exhibition will open over the weekend of December 5 in Sotheby’s 10th floor galleries.
For further information, or to view a frequently updated list of entries for the sale, please visit www.rmsothebys.com or call +1 519 352 4575.