Scottsdale, Arizona, 19 January, 2015
The stunningly beautiful, fast and historic 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB
Competizione that won its class at Le Mans, Spa and Imola
zoomed to the forefront of Bonhams Scottsdale auction on
Thursday, January 15th, and sold for $9,405,000, setting a new
world auction record for the model and also making it one of the
most valuable cars ever auctioned in Arizona.
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Held at the picturesque Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Bonhams’
fourth annual event was at full capacity with an audience of
international bidders spilling outside the auction pavilion and onto
the lawns where TV monitors broadcast the sale.
Of the curated selection of 84 automobiles on offer, Ferrari – the
grandest sporting marque of them all – was well represented as
were notable motorcars from every era, many of which achieved
very impressive results.
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” Coupe formerly
owned by Lord O’Neill, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, made
$1,375,000 after it was the subject of spirited bidding from
collectors in attendance and on the telephones. Another Teutonic
gem that was the focus of intense interest was the silver 1958
Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster with red interior, which achieved
The very original 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 that had been in
single-family ownership since new drew an enormous amount of
attention and finally sold to a private American collection for
Representing veteran and vintage cars, a Humber and a Kissel
realized new world auction records for their marques. The
British-built 1904 Humber 8.5hp Twin-Cylinder Two-Seater made
$148,500 while the American-built 1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug
Speedster sold for $286,000.
Other notable results came from a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S
Coupe that achieved $511,500, while a pair of Ferrari 512 BBi
models, a 1982 and a 1984, made more than double their
pre-auction estimates with the former making a new auction
record for the model when it sold for $357,500.
From Bonhams’ popular automobilia section, a 1929 opalescent
“Vitesse” glass mascot by René Lalique exceeded expectations
when it was bought by an American collector for $35,000.
Showing strong demand in the market, other items from the
French house of Lalique also achieved robust results.
Said James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, “Year on
year our auction here in Scottsdale has grown in both reputation
and results. Our selection is focused but diverse, representing the
very best of the car collecting hobby, and we’re very pleased with
the results and with the strong support demonstrated by clients
from around the world.”
Added Mark Osborne, Bonhams US Head of Motoring, “Our sale
has shown the strength of the market and of our firm, and it’s
been a real pleasure offering blue-chip motorcars to what is truly a
global audience of connoisseurs.”
Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman and auctioneer, stated
“Scottsdale is an excellent and important sale for Bonhams and
we’re delighted to be here in partnership with the beautiful Westin
Kierland Resort & Spa. In continuation of our strategic global
growth, we’re also looking forward to our inaugural auction at
Amelia Island in March.”
For more information about the anticipated Amelia Island auction
on Thursday, March 12th, please go to Bonhams.com/Amelia .
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