Artcurial’s €4.7m June Paris sale dominated by €1.93m Ferrari

Some face was saved by the headline 275 GTB selling under estimate for nearly €2m gross but, at just 42% sold by number, the likeable French team’s latest Paris sale lacked sparkle. At around $2.2m, the short-nose, originally three-carb (now six), steel-bodied Ferrari was in line with re...

The Men Who Made The Market – Charles Howard

“I had a natural bent for buying and selling, and I was very good at picking people’s brains – and choosing the right people to pick the brains of. Anyone can pick the brains of the wrong people, but then you’re not getting anywhere…” Although Charles Howard had been a car enthus...
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Bonhams MPH cleared for take-off at Bicester Heritage

A new, wholly-owned division of the Bond St house will offer “modern and affordable classics” from premises on the former WW2 airfield at Bicester. The first sale conducted by the new set-up – headed by Bonhams regular Rob Hubbard – will b...
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RIP Norman Dewis, 1920-2019

The diminutive, ever-popular factory test driver Norman Dewis has died, aged 98. Associated with Jaguar for his entire working life, he was a pivotal member of the British team throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. His endeavours developed the ...
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7/10 for Bonhams at the Greenwich Concours

At $417.5k all-in, it was the red 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet that topped the charts at the Brits’ East Coast sale on 2 June 2019. Despite 59% of the catalogue offered without reserve, sell-through by number was a modest – by US stand...
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The floodgates of heaven: Villa d’Este Concorso 2019

Boy, did it rain. But when the clouds lifted, the sun shone on a glittering display of the most elegant cars in the world. The stunning lakeside location, the usual mixture of sublime 1930s glamour, 1950s elegance and 1960s and 1970s drama – Vil...
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RM runs into heavy weather on Lake Como

The Canadian giant’s 55-car Villa Erba sale catalogue lived up to its pre-sale promise: a broad selection of generally well-presented, well-estimated entries. However, earlier this evening a succession of no-sales meant an ultimately disappointi...
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1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta wins the Coppa d’Oro at Villa d’Este

To no one’s great surprise, American collectors David and Ginny Sydorick’s sublime 8C 2900B scooped top slot on the Saturday of this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza. The powerful car, quite possibly the fastest production road machine in t...
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