- Classic Ferraris highlight RM Sotheby’s annual London sale, led by a historic 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’ for £4,760,000
- Beautiful 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta 'Lusso' claims second highest sale of the evening, achieving £1,232,000
- Ex-Diana Dors Maserati Mistral 3.7 Spyder brings £526,400
- Four-hour sale generates more than £16.6 million with 74 percent of all lots sold; complete results available at www.rmsothebys.com
- RM Sotheby’s continues its 2015 calendar in Hershey, Pennsylvania, 8 -9 October
LONDON, England (8 September, 2015) – In a packed auction room in London’s Battersea Park last night, RM Sotheby’s achieved a fantastic £16,658,410* ($25,404,075 USD) in auction and post-auction private sales. Well-established on the global collector car calendar, the central London auction saw Ferraris continue to prove their blue-chip credentials in the market, claiming the top three sales spots of the evening. Top honours went to the historic 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’, which realized a strong £4,760,000, while the 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta 'Lusso' sold for £1,232,000 and a 1992 Ferrari F40 made an excellent £845,600.
The sale’s cover car - the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’, chassis 0897 GT - is one of the first of just 36 250 GT LWB TdFs built with the desirable single-louvre body style and covered headlamps. The car has a wonderful period racing history and will provide its lucky new owner with the ultimate dual-purpose classic Ferrari for both road and competition use, taking full advantage of its freshly rebuilt and potent V12 engine.
“Last night represented our ninth consecutive sale in Battersea Park and it turned out to be another great success. The market is seeing that real quality is still commanding strong money, and it doesn’t come much better than the Ferrari 250 Tour de France which headlined Monday’s sale,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Sotheby’s Europe. “To achieve in excess of £16.6 million in sales demonstrates that the market still has a lot to offer, and RM Sotheby’s is definitely leading the way. We welcomed bidders from 26 countries, of which 23 percent were new clients to RM Sotheby’s. It was particularly fantastic to welcome so many Sotheby’s clients to the sale, further demonstrating how the partnership is working to build a truly global platform for collector cars.”
The 1964 Ferrari 250GT/L Berlinetta ‘Lusso’, chassis 5885, was certainly not short of admirers during the two-day Battersea preview. One of the finest and most beautiful cars of the 1960s, a ‘Lusso’ is highly prized by collectors around the world. Resplendent in its immaculate silver paintwork, the example offered last night is the 338th of only 350 examples produced, and richly deserved its £1,232,000 sales price. The third biggest seller of the evening was the 1992 Ferrari F40, offered in near perfect condition, being a single-owner example with fewer than 4,000 kilometres from new. Selling for bang on estimate, the car achieved a solid £845,600.
Another car worthy of mention was the 1964 Maserati Mistral 3.7 Spyder, chassis no. AM109/S 035, which also garnered significant pre-sale interest. The 1964 Earls Court Motor Show car, it was sold new to British screen icon, Diana Dors, who had fallen in love with it whilst visiting the motor show. As one of only 20 right-hand-drive Spyders built, the Mistral is extremely rare and was presented in fully restored condition. It was therefore no surprise that it made a £526,400, a world record for a Maserati Mistral sold at auction.
RM Sotheby’s London: Top 10 Sales
- Lot 172 - 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione 'Tour de France' £4,760,000
- Lot 162 - 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta 'Lusso' £1,232,000
- Lot 168 - 1992 Ferrari F40 £845,600
- Lot 170 - 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage £784,000
- Lot 171 - 1995 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport £627,200
- Lot 124 - 1964 Maserati Mistral 3.7 Spyder £526,400
- Lot 125 - 2006 Porsche Carrera GT £448,000
- Lot 146 - 1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer £420,000
- Lot 163 - 1962 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Coupé £386,400
10. Lot 129 - 1968 Ferrari Dino 206 GT £347,200
Complete results from the London sale are available at www.rmsothebys.com.
RM Sotheby’s continues its 2015 calendar with its annual Hershey, Pennsylvania auction, 8-9 October, before rounding out the year with an exclusive sale and exhibition at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York in the Fall. Further information on the New York sale will be released in the coming week.
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*RM Sotheby’s London results are listed in GBP and inclusive of 12 percent buyer’s premium for automobiles and 17 percent for all other lots. Exchange rate used: 1 GBP = 1.525 USD / 1.37 Euros. Results tally includes post-auction sales.
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