Silverstone Auctions kicked off Q3 with its highest grossing sale to date; the live online auction generating £15.8 million and a 76% sell-through rate. Top lot was a right-hand drive 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV in Rossa Corsa which fetched £1,912,500 (est. £1.8-2.4m). A gradual easing of the UK’s lockdown restrictions saw Historics host its first auction open to the public since March, with a brace of Aston Martins heading the big-ticket sales. A Glacier Blue 1964 DB5 that had been restored in 2013 sold for £560,000 (est. £540-640k), and a 1965 example in Goodwood Green, refreshed 30 years ago, achieved £525,000 (est. £570-650k).
Ferrari F40 – Courtesy of Artcurial
Both the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs on offer at Artcurial’s Monaco sale went to new owners; a 38,000-mile Gullwing at €1,416,000 (est. €1.2-1.4m), and a recently-restored Roadster at €858,240 (est. €800k-1m), while a three-owner 30,660-km 1990 Ferrari F40 made a mid-estimate €959,560.
Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy – ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
The eight-car Richoz Collection was 100% sold at RM Sotheby’s European Summer Auction, where the star attraction was a one-of-60 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy at €1,430,000 (est. €1.7-1.9m). The collection’s 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona went for €434,500 (est. €400-500k), and the 1977 Le Mans class-winning Inaltera LM GTP brought €374,000 (est. €450-550k).
Ferrari 550 GT1- Remi Dargegen ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
The cancellation of August’s Monterey Car Week in the US forced the Big Three (RM Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Gooding & Co) to shift their sales to timed and live online platforms. Understandably, their catalogues were significantly down on last year, when the entries totalled some $385m. Bragging rights went to RM Sotheby’s who set a new world record for the highest price achieved at an online-only sale; the 2004 FIA GT Championship-winning Ferrari 550 GT1 taking $4,290,000 (est. $3.85-4.85m).
Porsche MOMO 356 RSR Outlaw by Emory – Drew Phillips ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
RM also found a new home for a unique 1960 Porsche MOMO 356 RSR Outlaw, the result of a collaboration between MOMO and Emory Motorsports, which smashed its $450-650k guide, selling for $858,000. An ex-Bob Holbert 1959 Porsche 718 RSK wound up as the top seller over at Bonhams, making $2,232,500 (estimate $2.8-3.2m). Meanwhile Gooding & Company’s six-carb 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB briefly held the record for the most expensive car sold at an online auction when it realised a mid-estimate $3,080,000.
Bugatti Type 59 Sports – © Glenmarch
Gooding’s eagerly awaited Passion of a Lifetime sale played out to a select audience of in-room bidders at Hampton Court Palace in September, with all but one of the 15 cars from the single-owner collection changing hands and generating an impressive £34 million sale total. The catalogue cover star, an ex-King Leopold III of Belgium 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports with outstanding provenance and competition history, set a new world auction record for the marque, selling for £9,535,000. Other highlights included the ex-Earl Howe 1937 Bugatti Type 57 S Atalante at £7,855,000, and a dry-sump 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV, finished in Oro Metallizzato, which attracted spirited bidding, finally hammered away for £3,207,000 (estimate £1.6-2m).
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport – © Bonhams
Bonhams returned to the Bonmont Golf and Country Club overlooking Lake Geneva for a sale of hypercars and classics in September. Held with the public in attendance for the first time since its pre-COVID Paris sale in February, a one-owner 693-km 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport topped the results, selling for a mid-estimate CHF1,840,000 to an in-room bidder. Even rarer still was a one-of-25 2007 Gemballa Mirage GT, listed at CHF600-800k, which raised CHF669,300 on the day.
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TOP 20 RESULTS: JULY – SEPTEMBER 2020
|Bugatti Type 59 Sports||In Excess of £10m||£9,535,000||Gooding & Company||Hampton Court, UK||September|
|Bugatti Type 57 S Atalante||In Excess of £7m||£7,855,000||Gooding & Company||Hampton Court, UK||September|
|Bugatti Type 35 C Grand Prix||In Excess of £3m||£3,935,000||Gooding & Company||Hampton Court, UK||September|
|Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive||$3.85-4.85m||$4,290,000||RM Sotheby’s||Online, USA||August|
|Lamborghini Miura SV Speciale||£1.6-2m||£3,207,000||Gooding & Company||Hampton Court, UK||September|
|Aston Martin DB3S||£3-4m||£3,011,000||Gooding & Company||Hampton Court, UK||September|
|Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Long Nose||$2.75-3.25m||$3,080,000||Gooding & Company||Online, USA||August|
|Lamborghini Miura SV||£1.8-2.4m||£1,912,500||Silverstone Auctions||Online, UK||July|
|Ferrari Enzo||$2.2-2.6m||$2,354,000||Gooding & Company||Online, USA||August|
|Porsche 718 RSK||$2.8-3.2m||$2,232,500||Bonhams||Los Angeles, USA||August|
|Ferrari F50||$2.2-2.6m||$2,134,000||Gooding & Company||Online, USA||August|
|Aston Martin Ulster||£1.6-2.2m||£1,583,000||Gooding & Company||Hampton Court, UK||September|
|Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport||CHF1.6-2.1m||CHF1,840,000||Bonhams||Chéserex, Switzerland||September|
|Ferrari 275 GTB||$1.8-2m||$1,980,000||RM Sotheby’s||Online, USA||August|
|Pagani Huayra||$1.8-2m||$1,848,000||RM Sotheby’s||Online, USA||August|
|Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse||$1.8-2.1||$1,750,000||Bonhams||Los Angeles, USA||August|
|Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy||€1.7-1.9m||€ 1,430,000||RM Sotheby’s||Online, UK||July|
|Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing||€1.2-1.4m||€ 1,416,000||Artcurial||Monaco||July|
|Vauxhall 30/98 OE-Type Wensum||£800k-1.2m||£1,247,000||Gooding & Company||Hampton Court, UK||September|
|Ferrari F40||$1.25-1.5||$1,628,000||Gooding & Company||Online, USA||August|