Duemila Ruote auction grosses €51 million

RM Sotheby’s classic and supercar auction attracts unprecedented attention
RM Sotheby - Duemila Ruote Auction Grosses 51 Million Euros

As reported here on 11 Nov, all the lots at RM Sotheby’s Duemila Ruote auction held at the Milan AutoClassica show on Nov 25-27 had become the property of the Italian government following their seizure from businessman Luigi Compiano. Consequently, there was very little in the way of paperwork or provenance to accompany any of the 420-odd cars for sale, and the term caveat emptor had rarely – if ever – been so pertinent.

That said, over time Mr Compiano had assembled a quite extraordinary collection of highly desirable vehicles, many with enticing estimated values. Furthermore, everything was to be sold at no reserve, so it was no surprise that more than 5,000 packed into the Fiera exhibition hall, either to bid or simply to witness the spectacle.

Bugatti EB110 GT - Duemila Ruote Auction Grosses 51 Million Euros

What did come as a surprise, at least initially, was just how voracious the bidding was, with many motorcycles and cars realising prices that didn’t just exceed their estimates, but completely trumped them. And this despite a good number being in serious need of TLC.

Lot 587 - 599GTB Fiorano

With hindsight we shouldn’t be too surprised. With bidders coming from 57 different counties, almost 90% of them were auction rookies but were nonetheless keen to nab themselves a bargain. With so many people bidding, it only takes an apparently confident few to instil a feverish confidence in others. As a result the entire sale grossed €51.26 million, with the cars alone making €47,690,272 over the three days – their average value being €112,743 – with a whopping 91% selling above their upper estimate and just 3% under their low estimate.

In our preview blog we listed just a few of the dozens of supercars on offer. Here’s how they fared (sold figures include 12% buyer’s premium):


  • Lot 305 – 2005 Ford GT, est. €220,000 – €250,000
    Sold for €336,000
  • Lot 571 – 2002 Lamborghini Murciélago, est. €145,000 – €165,000
    Sold for €168,000
  • Lot 587 – 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, est. €275,000 – €325,000
    Sold for €537,600
  • Lot 600 – 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, est. €650,000 – €800,000
    Sold for €761,600
  • Lot 601 – 2004 Maserati MC12, est. €1,100,000 – €1,300,000
    Sold for a world record €3,024,000
  • Star Lot 602 – 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C, est. €2,400,000 – €2,800,000
    Sold for €3,416,000
  • Lot 899 – 2001 Aston Martin Vanquish, est. €65,000 – €75,000
    Sold for €98,560


Whether these and the sale’s many other robust results represent a temporary upward blip or whether they’re a longer-term indicator remains to be seen. This no-reserve auction being something of a one-off, the blip seems more likely. In the end, hardly anyone went home with a bargain and there’ll now be more than the usual percentage of buyers feeling the pain of burnt fingers.

However, there’s little doubt that, despite Brexit, Trump et al, the collectors’ supercar market remains in pretty rude health.

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