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RM AUCTIONS AND SOTHEBY'S STUN THE MARKET WITH INCREDIBLE $63 MILLION 'ART OF THE AUTOMOBILE' SALE IN NEW YORK

Art of the Automobile

  • RM Auctions and Sotheby’s  momentous Art of the Automobile auction generates $62,797,500 of sales in two hours of furious bidding
  • Records tumble with the historic 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti achieving $14,300,000 while the stunning 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi sells for $7,150,000
  • 93 percent of all lots sold to an international audience of bidders representing 17 countries
  • Full results are available online at www.rmauctions.com and www.sothebys.com

 

NEW YORK, New York (November 21, 2013) – In what is being regarded as one of the most incredible collector car auctions of all time, RM Auctions and Sotheby’s Art of the Automobile sale today achieved $62,797,500 of sales in just over two hours of bidding. The packed sale room saw records tumble across numerous lots, with top sale honors going to a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM,  a wonderfully historic and original example of this very rare sports racing Ferrari, which sold for $14,300,000, establishing a new world record for the model at auction. Taking the number two spot was the simply gorgeous  1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi, commonly regarded as one of the most beautiful coach built cars of all time, which sold for $7,150,000, also establishing a new world record for the model at auction.

 

The 31 hand-picked automobiles, two motorcycles and seven pieces of artwork, offered at the Art of the Automobile sale, the first major collector car auction to take place in Manhattan for over a decade, presented over a century of stunning automotive history and design in a unique gallery setting at Sotheby’s New York headquarters. The auction, with its unique blend of quality and presentation, has set a new standard within the collector car auction market and attracted a vast and diverse audience of international bidders, keen to secure the finest examples of automotive artistry available to the market. Demonstrating both RM and Sotheby’s international footprint, bidders hailed from 17 countries, 15 percent of whom represented clients who had never participated in an RM sale.

 

Rob Myers, CEO and Founder of RM Auctions, says: “Working with Sotheby’s, we set out to create the finest automobile auction that there has ever been. Our aim has been to raise the bar and set a completely new standard for quality and presentation, and I am delighted to say that these amazing results have proven it a great success. What we have established here in New York is a complete demonstration of how to bring some of the world’s rarest and most exceptional automobiles to market, in both an exciting and visually arresting way. Furthermore, the sale has successfully brought many new collectors into the market for the first time, which is fantastic news for our hobby.”

 

Aside from the Ferrari 250 LM and Talbot-Lago, numerous additional lots sold spectacularly well during the sale, with several world record prices established. The third highest seller of the night was the unique 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB “Competition” Berlinetta Speciale, one of the greatest dual-purpose sports racing cars of all time, with bespoke coachwork by Bertone. Huge interest in this car culminated in a top bid of $7,040,000.

 

Other notable European highlights include the 1954 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder by Carrozzeria Zagato, the only example with coachwork by Zagato, which sold for $4,455,000 while the 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupé by Carrosserie Figoni et Falaschi, the 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Coupé by Freestone & Webb, and the 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Bleu Nuit, each achieved $2,420,000.  

 

No less than 16 of the 31 automobile lots achieved in excess of $1,000,000, including:

 

Lot 141 - 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti - $14,300,000

Lot 122 - 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi - $7,150,000

Lot 136 -1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB “Competition” Berlinetta Speciale - $7,040,000

Lot 134 - 1954 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder by Carrozzeria Zagato - $4,455,000

Lot 121 - 1955 Ferarri 250 Europa GT Coupe - $2,420,000

Lot 117 - 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupé by Carrosserie Figoni et Falaschi - $2,420,000

Lot 112 - 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Coupé by Freestone & Webb - $2,420,000

Lot 126 - 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Bleu Nuit - $2,310,000

Lot 111 - 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK ll ‘Supersonic’ by Carrozzeria Ghia - $2,035,000

Lot 110 - 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II PF Cabriolet - $2,035,000

Lot 124 - 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ Beverly - $1,760,000

Lot 127 - 1958 BMW 507 Series ll Roadster - $1,650,000

Lot 109 - 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster - $1,650,000

Lot 120 - 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing - $1,265,000

Lot 144 - 1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Speedster - $1,219,000

Lot 139 - 1964 Chevrolet CERV II - $1,100,000

 

In total a staggering 11 cars achieved world record prices:

 

 Lot 109 – 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster  - $1,650,000 – Record for a 300 SL Roadster at auction

 Lot 112 – 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Coupe - $2,420,000 – Record for a Rolls-Royce Phantom II at auction

Lot 114 – 1933 Auburn Twelve Custom Speedster - $1,210,000 – Record for an Auburn Twelve Speedster at auction

Lot 115 – 1932 Ford V-8 Cabriolet - $319,000 – Record for an unmodified 1932 Ford at auction

Lot 122 – 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet - $7,150,000 – Record for a Talbot-Lago T150-C SS at auction

 Lot 127 – 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster - $1,650,000 - Record for a BMW 507 at auction

Lot 128 – 1958 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Convertible - $258,500 - Record for a 1958 Oldsmobile Convertible at auction

Lot 130 – 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Series II Berlinetta - $797,500 – Record for the model at auction

Lot 134 – 1955 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder - $4,455,000 - Record for a Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder at auction

Lot 138 – 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-Litre Roadster - $467,500 - Record for Jaguar E-type (non-competition model) at auction

Lot 141 – 1964 Ferrari 250 LM - $14,300,000 – Record for a Ferrari 250 LM at auction

 

Art of the Automobile follows a stunning three day exhibition in Sotheby’s 10th floor gallery, which also featured a fascinating symposium presented to in excess of 700 guests on Tuesday evening. The sale caps off a record-setting year for RM Auctions, which included a $125 million sale in Monterey, California in August - the highest grossing collector car auction in history.  RM Auctions will kick off its 2014 auction calendar at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, January 16 - 17. RM’s 15th annual Arizona sale is closely followed by the company’s debut Paris sale, February 5, during the world-famous Retromobile week. Full details for upcoming events are available online at www.rmauctions.com.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 9... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. He is a life-long automobile enthusiast and ... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politica... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Jonathan Sierakowski

jonathan@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Jonathan Sierakowski developed a passion for classic cars while working at a Connecticut restoration shop as a teenager. He graduated with a... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

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Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. He att... read more

Peter Wallman

pwallman@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007 following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, where he was based out ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more