Paris, 11 February, 2019
Artcurial Motorcars once again dominated the annual week of
collectors’ car sales in Paris with the auction Re?tromobile
2019 by Artcurial Motorcars. Taking place over three days from
8 – 10 February, the sale realised € 42,304,574 / $47,804,169
up 31 % on the previous year, with 10 new auction record
Mai?tre Herve? Poulain, accompanied by Matthieu Lamoure and
Pierre Novikoff, brought the hammer down on three lots over one
million euros and 43 lots over 100 000 €, with 76% of all lots
selling. A truly international event, buyers from over 20 countries
outside France accounted for some 84% of the sale total.
The undisputed star of the week was the 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Touring Berlinetta that changed
hands for nearly 17M€ / 19M$ including premium, to become the third most expensive pre-war car ever to
sell at auction. Having been in the same family ownership for the last 43 years, this imposing and highly
desirable automobile was bought by a private collector from the US.
The highly anticipated auctions dedicated to automobilia and F1 memorabilia, offering over 300 lots of F1
drivers’ helmets and racesuits from a private collection, realised 2,2 M€ / 2,5 M$.
« The hard work of my exceptional team of specialists at the most prestigious classic car show in the world
has been rewarded after three marathon days of sales. With a sale total of 42 M€, Artcurial Motorcars
remains firmly positioned as the European market leader. Prestige, history, rarity, these are the ingredients
of the sale’s success, thanks to the skill and special camaraderie of our House. »
Managing Director, Artcurial Motorcars
The sale on Saturday 9 February was dedicated to the iconic Italian motorcycle marque MV Agusta, with
an extraordinary collection of nearly 90 classic machines, believed to be the biggest of its kind. Amassed
by a family of enthusiasts in Italy over the last fifty years, this comprehensive selection of rare and
sought-after machines provided a wonderful overview of the Italian marque’s history, dating back to 1945.
Motorcycle enthusiasts were thrilled to witness the first lot being driven into the saleroom by none other
than Giacomo Agostini, the Italian motorcycle racer who won 15 world championships and made his name
racing for MV Agusta. After the sale he signed lot 254, the 2017 MV Agusta F4 1000 that sold for 42 100 €
/ 47 600 $ including premium. Lot 214, the 1972 MV Agusta 750 S ex-Arturo Merzario achieved the highest
price of the sale, selling for 96 300 € / 108 800 $. Lot 252, the 1951 MV Agusta 500 CM3 4C Cardano
Corsa changed hands for 84 300 € / 95 300 $.