Paris, 6 February, 2014
The Grand Palais Sale is one of the Bonhams‚Äôs Blue Riband
auctions and saw a 1929 Bugatti Type 35B sell for ‚ā¨1,610,000
Regarded by many as the most spectacular venue in which to
conduct a motoring auction, crowds flocked to the Grand Palais
in their hundreds to witness many bidding battles, including that
for the Grand Prix Bugatti previously owned by Jack Lemon
Burton and Lady Mary Grosvenor.
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After a lengthy competition and applauded by the delighted
audience, it eventually went to a buyer who travelled to Paris from
the Far East.
This was followed by the 1968 Ferrari 275GTB/4 Berlinetta that
went under the hammer, which achieved a new world auction
record for the model when it was sold for an astonishing
Another Ferrari ‚Äď this time a Formula One Grand Prix
single-seater ‚Äď sold for ‚ā¨483,000 (¬£402,000/$656,000). Previously
raced by Michele Alboreto throughout the 1984 season, it is one
of the last Ferrari Formula 1 cars that can be raced and
maintained without official ‚ÄėFerrari Clienti‚Äô team support.
Demonstrating the popularity of the French marques, it took five
minutes for a 1947 Delage D6 3-litre competition car to be sold for
‚ā¨1,100,000 (¬£916,000/$1,495,000). One of just seven built, the
beautifully restored racer went to a European buyer.
But the British Aston Martins also proved popular among bidders.
Auctioneer James Knight presided over a mammoth battle
between Europe and USA bidders as a rare left hand drive 1962
DB4 Vantage GT coupe went for more than double its estimate at
‚ā¨1,200,000 (¬£999,000/$1,631,000). A 1965 Aston Martin DB5, of
the same model as used in the James Bond film, Goldfinger, also
sold for ‚ā¨776,000 (¬£646,000/$1,055,000).
Other fought-over lots included a narrow body 1989 Porsche 911
Speedster and a barn find Facel Vega II coupe.
With just one owner and fewer than 650km on the clock the
Porsche eventually sold for ‚ā¨310,500 (¬£258,500/$422,000) against
an estimate of ‚ā¨100,000 ‚Äď 150,000 (¬£83,000 ‚Äď 125,000), while the
barn find that had been kept in storage for 40 years - and brought
to Paris from the USA to be sold - went for an incredible ‚ā¨155,000
These top lots followed a morning of motorcycle and automobilia
sale, during which the highlight was the much anticipated sale of
a Harley-Davidson 2013 Dyna Super Glide and leather jacket that
belonged to Pope Francis.
His Holiness was given the items by Harley-Davidson in June
2013 by the motorcycle manufacturer to mark its 110th
anniversary and the proceeds of the sale went to the charity,
Caritas Roma to help renovate a hostel and soup kitchen at
Rome‚Äôs Termini station.
The motorcycle was bought for ‚ā¨241,500 (¬£201,000/$328,000) by
a European buyer and the jacket went for an astounding ‚ā¨57,500
(¬£48,000/$78,000) to an overseas buyer.
James Knight, Group Motoring Director of the Bonhams motoring
department, said: ‚ÄúThe Bonhams Paris sale goes from strength to
strength and this year‚Äôs total was our highest yet. 2014 looks like
being every bit as successful as our record-breaking 2013 season
and follows on the from the hugely successful Scottsdale USA
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