Wednesday, 31 May 2017
RM SOTHEBY’S AND FERRARI SET STAGE FOR MOST SIGNIFICANT
SINGLE-MARQUE SALE IN AUCTION HISTORY
· RM Sotheby’s and Ferrari join forces during legendary marque’s 70th anniversary year to host most significant single-marque sale in collector car auction history
· Held weekend of 8 September in Maranello, auction to feature some of the most valuable and sought-after Ferraris on the planet
· Details on early entries for the auction to follow in coming weeks. More at www.rmsothebys.com.
BLENHEIM, ONTARIO (30 May, 2017) – RM Sotheby’s is thrilled to announce an historic sale held in partnership with one of the most revered marques the world over: Ferrari. The sale takes place during Ferrari’s 70th anniversary year, an extraordinary achievement in automotive history, and a major milestone in the marque’s rich heritage that will hold the attention of the global motoring community throughout 2017.
The collaboration will see RM Sotheby’s—the clear leader in the market for Ferraris at auction—join in the international year-long 70th anniversary celebrations. RM has successfully sold more examples than any other auction house, and proudly holds the record for four of the top 10 most valuable Ferraris ever offered for public sale. RM Sotheby’s and Ferrari have come together on numerous occasions in the past, including the 2007-2009 record-setting ‘Leggenda e Passione’ auctions held at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, events that cemented RM’s relationship and expertise with the marque. The strength of the partnership was proven once again in December 2016, with the charity auction of a unique LaFerrari at the Finali Mondiali at Daytona. The car achieved $7,000,000, with proceeds benefitting earthquake victims in Central Italy and, in the process, setting a record for a new car sold at auction.
“At RM Sotheby’s we are continually striving to offer our clients an experience that is second to none. Our partnership with Ferrari is a direct reflection of this crowning achievement. For collectors and enthusiasts alike, the sale represents a world-class and singular event, perhaps one of the most significant auctions ever held, in fact. We are deeply honored to hold this distinction and feel that this represents exactly what our customers expect from an association between such storied and historic brands as Ferrari and RM Sotheby’s”, says Rob Myers, CEO and Founder of RM Sotheby’s.
The partnership extends to several events throughout the anniversary year, culminating in the must-attend affair of the 2017 collector car calendar—an exclusive auction at the spiritual home of the marque—Maranello. Held 9 September at the Ferrari Factory, the auction will bring together an exclusive, curated selection of the greatest sports, GT and racing Ferraris ever built, celebrating pivotal moments in the marque’s history and unearthing some of the most valuable and sought-after examples on the planet. All entries for the sale will carry certification from the lauded Ferrari Classiche Department, with whom RM Sotheby’s enjoys a close relationship.
RM Sotheby’s has achieved incredible auction results to date across the full spectrum of Ferrari models; of the 660 million-dollar-plus cars sold in RM’s history, 40 percent are Ferraris. The upcoming event will build on this previous success in the sale of important Ferraris at auction, which accounts for nearly half of all examples sold for over $10,000,000 and is highlighted by: the ex-Works, ex-Juan Manuel Fangio 1956 Ferrari 290 MM, which commanded $28,050,000 at RM’s 2015 New York sale; the single-owner 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider, which achieved $27,500,000 at RM’s 2013 Monterey sale, maintaining the record for the most valuable road-going Ferrari sold at auction; and, the one-of-three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale sold for $26,400,000 at the same event in 2014. RM Sotheby’s auction expertise and Ferrari’s brand, coupled with the historic Maranello backdrop, will bring together the world’s discerning collectors for the most significant single-marque sale in collector car auction history and an unforgettable weekend.
Sunday, 28 May 2017
FRENCH PRE-WAR GREATS SHINE AND RECORDS ARE SET
AT RM SOTHEBY’S EXCLUSIVE VILLA ERBA SALE
· RM Sotheby’s concludes its fourth successful sale as official auction house of the esteemed Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
· Stunning 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goutte d’Eau’ Coupé is the top-selling lot bringing an impressive €3,360,000
· The very special 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype sells for €3,024,000
· Sale grosses €25,355,850 and a number of individual model auction records are set
· No less than eight cars gross over €1,000,000
· Further information and to see all the sale results, visit www.rmsothebys.com
London (28 May, 2017) – RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of the esteemed Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, concluded its fourth, successful Villa Erba sale on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, grossing an impressive €25,355,850, and setting a number of new auction records for individual models.
Proving that the market for fine pre-war cars remains very strong, the star of the night was the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goutte d’Eau’ Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi, affectionately known as the ‘Teardrop’. The car is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive and beautiful of all time, and was a crowd-pleaser over the entire weekend. Considered by many as one of the most attractive, aerodynamically inspired automotive designs of all time, the car achieved an incredible €3,360,000.
Beautiful French coach-building is obviously in demand, as the 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype, chassis no. 57254, almost matched the Talbot-Lago, bringing €3,024,000, and setting a record for a non ‘S’ model Type 57. The car is one of just three Atalante prototypes, and was delivered new to the Bugatti Works driver Meo Costantini with a specially tuned engine. It is one of few built by Carrosserie Bugatti and shows just 26,000 kilometres from new.
RM has achieved some remarkable prices for rare Porsche models over the past few months, and the Villa Erba sale proved again that RM is becoming the dominant auction house for the Stuttgart marque. The 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 had attracted enormous pre-sale attention, as it was presented with only 10 kilometres and in completely original, ‘as-delivered’ condition. With special-order Polar Silver over Guards Red leather, it is one of only 51 Carrera RSRs produced and one of two with a fully trimmed interior. This magnificent 964 Carrera RSR set a record for any 964 model 911 at auction, achieving an incredible €2,016,000.
Augustin Sabatié-Garat, car specialist and the Villa Erba auction manager, says: “We achieved some great results this weekend. It’s great to see that the demand for special pre-war cars is stronger than ever, and we continue to see rare, low-production supercars with excellent provenance, performing very strongly. Our track record selling rare Porsches for record-setting prices continues, and to have sold eight cars for over €1,000,000 demonstrates that the market is still strong.”
Other top-selling lots included the 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS by Pininfarina, a lovely car with known history, still in its original colour combination and with Classiche certification, which achieved a robust €1,792,000. The 2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder was an undoubted sale favourite, with the desirable ‘Weissach’ package the only example produced in Porsche’s historic PTS Arrow Blue, the single owner example made €1,456,000.
The beautiful 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster, with an interesting period racing history, was a stand-out sale result. Raced during the 1962 and 1963 seasons in Angola and Portugal, and a multiple race winner against the very best from Ferrari, Porsche, and Maserati, this early E-Type is fully restored and made an incredible €582,400. This remarkable price is a new world record for a non-competition model E-Type sold at auction.
The top-selling lot from the motorcycle collection was the 1954 BMW RS 54, one of only 24 RS54s built by BMW in 1954 and later restored by former BMW factory racer, Kurt Busch. This lovely motorcycle sold for €143,325.
RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba Top 10 sales:
1. Lot 151 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goute d’Eau’ Coupé €3,360,000
2. Lot 136 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype €3,024,000
3. Lot 133 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 €2,016,000
4. Lot 143 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS by Pininfarina €1,792,000
5. Lot 142 2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder €1,456,000
6. Lot 159 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Lusso’ €1,428,000
7. Lot 132 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Cabriolet €1,120,000
8. Lot 161 1990 Ferrari F40 €1,064,000
9. Lot 140 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder €840,000
10. Lot 160 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopio’ €817,600
RM Sotheby’s continues its 2017 auction calendar in Santa Monica, USA, 24 June. Further information on upcoming events, along with complete results from RM Sotheby’s 2017 Villa Erba sale, can be found at www.rmsothebys.com.
*Results are listed in EURO and inclusive of 12 per cent buyer’s premium for automobiles and 17 per cent for motorcyles and the boat. Results tally includes auction and post-auction transactions. Exchange rate used: 1 Euro = 1.125 USD, 0.875 GBP.
THE LEGEND LIVES ON
UNIQUE MERCEDES PAYS HOMAGE TO PAUL O’SHEA AT BONHAMS CHANTILLY SALE
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS Competition Roadster (€1,500,000-2,500,000)
On 10 September, Bonhams will return to the manicured chateau lawns for its Chantilly Sale, where some of the most remarkable motor cars will be displayed and auctioned.
The 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS Competition Roadster (€1,500,000-2,500,000) is a truly remarkable vehicle. It is entirely unique, and was inspired by the legendary American driver, Paul O’Shea, who took the racing world by storm during the 1950s. He drove alongside some of the finest racers of his generation, including Phil Hill, Dick Thompson and Augie Pabst to name but a few. He was such an ardent admirer of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL that he built two ‘SLS’ versions specifically for racing. Both were built with aluminium bodies, reducing the weight by an astonishing 337kg and creating arguably the perfect sports car in the process.
O’Shea enjoyed a remarkable run of success at the wheel of his SLS, regularly beating Ferraris, Maseratis and Aston Martins whilst on the track. His motor car became widely-recognised as one of the most reliable on the track, consistently performing well in even the harshest of driving conditions. Sadly, Mercedes-Benz faced funding issues and had to withdraw from American racing.
However, almost 30 years later, a determined gentleman named Georg Distler decided that it was high time to reignite the legend of the SLS, and set about creating his own. A mammoth task in its own right, but even more so when one takes in to account Distler’s end goal: to compete in one of the world’s toughest rallies, the Carrera Panamericana. A 3,500km border-to-border race which is widely considered to be the most dangerous automobile race in the world.
Building the vehicle was made possible by a stroke of luck – Distler and his friend Albrecht Lorenz (an engineer for Mercedes-Benz for more than 50 years) discovered O’Shea’s original plans in the Mercedes-Benz archives in Stuttgart and, armed with the meticulously detailed instructions, began turning a dream into reality. In addition to the aluminum body, the two-year project yielded lightened seat frames, a Getrag five-speed gearbox and a dual side-exit exhaust system.
Forty years after the original 300 SLS’s glorious reign on the racetrack, this unique creation started to make history all over again. In 1997, Distler commenced the grueling rally in his dream car as a private entrant and without a support vehicle – brave or mad is yet to be decided! The car was a triumph, and Georg came home as a class winner and in 11th place overall in the field of 67 finishers and 92 starters. The box of spare parts remained firmly unopened, such was the reliability of Georg and Albrecht’s creation.
The car can still be seen leading the pack at tracks such as Hockenheim, Nurburgring, Salzburgring and Roßfeld – all it needs now is a new driver willing to keep the legend running.