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A renowned architect and active member of the St. Louis community, Mr. Guyton was also a treasured and
respected figure within collecting and car club circles, having amassed his collection over more than four
decades. The Saturday sale included 73 automobiles, featuring historic American and European motor cars
from the Veteran, Brass and Classic Eras – many of which had been in the collection for decades.
The car offering ignited spirited bidding and achieved strong prices across the board, led by a fascinating,
award-winning 1909 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roi des Belges in the style of Barker, which saw
an extended bidding contest, eventually bringing a final $1,325,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $800,000 -
$1,000,000. Special Rolls-Royce models stole the show on Saturday, with a one-of-two 1938 Rolls-Royce
Phantom III 'Parallel Door' Saloon Coupe drawing eyes and bids to a final $423,000 (est. $150/250k), and
a highly desirable, largely original 1925 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster selling for
a final $280,000 (est. $175/225k). Other European highlights include a 1927 Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport,
one of Mr. and Mrs. Guyton’s favorite cars, which sold for a final $362,500 (est. $200/300k).
The Guyton Collection also featured several great American Classics, led by a 1930 Duesenberg Model J
Convertible Sedan, engine no. J-329, presented in beautifully restored condition, which reached a final
$1,105,000 (est. $900k/$1.1m). One of four surviving examples of which none have traded hands since 1996,
a 1927 Duesenberg Model X Dual-Cowl Phaeton also surpassed estimate, selling for a final $527,500
(est. $300/400k). Americana was in high demand at the sale, with new auction records set for a rare 1930
Ruxton Model C Roadster with known history from new, nearly doubling high estimate at $747,500 (est.
$350/450k), an ultra-rare 1932 Nash Advanced Eight Convertible Sedan wearing an immaculate
restoration, sold at $340,500 (est. $125/175k), and a 1903 Cadillac Rear-Entrance Tonneau, one of the
finest early examples of the marque, reaching $190,400 to become the most valuable Brass Era Cadillac sold
at auction (est. $100/125k).
Beyond the cars, the Guyton Collection included well over 500 pieces of automobilia, collectibles, petroliana,
sports memorabilia, original artwork, furniture, and model and toy cars. Among a host of fascinating pieces
was the Titanic Pub, which doubled as the bar during the sale, and soared past its estimate to a final price
of $84,000 (est. $15/20k). Night Rider by Peter Helck, one of the most famous paintings by the automotive
artist, also exceeded pre-sale expectations, bringing a final $48,000 (est. $20/25k). Additional collectible
highlights include a Rolls Royce V-12 Merlin Display Engine and Service Tool Kit, which drew
considerable pre-sale interest, selling for a final $57,000 (est. $30/40k).
“We are thrilled with the results for the Guyton Collection, which truly exceeded our expectations in every
way,” said Donnie Gould, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s, following the sale. “The entire team was honored
to present such an exceptional collection and the prices achieved go to show just how well-respected Fred’s
name and eye for quality were within the hobby. Our thanks go out to Mrs. Beverly Guyton and the entire
Guyton family and collection team, as we couldn’t have put together such a fantastic event without their help.
It was a great weekend in St. Louis we won’t soon forget, surrounded by our friends in the collector car
community, and wonderful to witness just how beloved a fixture in the hobby Fred was.”
Following the auction, Mrs. Beverly Guyton, wife of the late Mr. Fred Guyton, commented:
“We’re absolutely thrilled with the results of the auction! From start to finish, the entire RM organization has
done an outstanding job and the exceptional results are truly a result of their hands-on approach and
teamwork. They handled every element, from cataloguing and marketing, to administration and logistics with
tremendous professionalism. Most importantly, they approached every step of the process with a proper
understanding of Fred’s vision and passion for his collection and we’re delighted that the collector car
community now shares in the legacy of his beloved automobiles and prized collectibles.”
RM Sotheby’s continues its auction calendar with the company’s biennial Villa Erba sale on the shores of
Lake Como, Italy, the official auction of the revered Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The exclusive auction
will lift the gavel on more than 50 of the world’s most sought after pre-war, sports, and racing greats. Closely
following the Villa Erba sale, the RM Sotheby’s Group returns to the historic Auburn Auction Park for its
annual Auburn Spring weekend, 29 May – 1 June, this year featuring two full days of memorabilia.
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