Paris, 5 February, 2015
The Bonhams Paris auction during Retromobile week witnessed
record-breaking prices, international bidding, and a record
breaking total for a motor car auction held by the Bonhams Group
in continental Europe. The Sale attracted bidders from across the
globe with buyers from the Middle East, Far East, north and
south America, Australasia competing against the European
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Several lots sold far above estimate and a new world auction
record was set for a factory specification 1965 Aston Martin DB5
Convertible, further cementing Bonhams leadership with this
luxury British marque. The outstanding DB5 sold to an auction
room bidder against the telephone for €1,897,500 (£1,430,715).
Only 39 DB5 convertibles were manufactured in left-hand drive.
Elsewhere, one of the all-time great classic sports cars, the
ex-Amschel Rothschild 1966 AC Cobra 289 'Mark II' Roadster
was the runaway sale of the day, selling to a British bidder in the
room for an above estimate price of €937,250 (£707,686).
The Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 Grand Sport was also subject to some
spirited bidding. Having once been driven by arguably one of the
most famous racing Russians – exiled Russian Imperial
Guardsman, Boris Ivanowski – the 6C finally sold to a European
bidder in the room for €1,184,500 (£893,113).
Elsewhere, Jacque Gérin’s radical 1922 Gerin Aérodyne Saloon
Prototype was an unusual addition to the Bonhams sale,
representing the sheer breadth of motor cars for which Bonhams
is accustomed; it was discovered three years ago after a lengthy
15-year search, appearing at public auction for the very first time
at Bonhams sale. The Gerin sold to an in the room bidder for
In the early veteran field, a mighty London to Brighton eligible
1904 Panhard-Levassor Four-cylinder 35hp Sports Two-Seater
realised €747,500 (£563,615,).
A Harley-Davidson motorcycle blessed with the signature of Pope
Emeritus Benedict XVI (and later received by Pope Francis) was
sold in aid of a Polish charity*. The Harley Davidson previously
took part in a special countdown to the marques 110th
anniversary celebrations, during which the Pope blessed it with a
signature. Soaring above estimate, the holiest of Harleys finally
sold to a telephone bidder at €46,000 (£34,684) – the winning
bidder also purchased the Pope Francis 1,585cc Harley-Davidson
Dyna Super Glide, sold at Bonhams Paris auction in 2014.
Philip Kantor, Head of the Continental European Motoring
“The Sale has attracted international attention, and surpassed all
previous auction totals for our Paris auctions."
James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director added,
“The Bonhams motoring group has witnessed a tremendous start
to 2015. Our USA division conducted record breaking auctions at
Las Vegas and Scottsdale and now the European team have
delivered their best ever Paris Sale. The market is in rude health
and we look forward to the March Sales at Amelia Island in
Florida, the Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale in the UK and the
annual Mercedes-Benz Sale in Stuttgart, Germany."
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