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The K500 take on the 2021 January auctions

Traditionally, the first two months of a new year are the time when hundreds of cars come to auction in Arizona and Paris. In the new, pandemic-hit normal, things are very different. The big January selling spree has lost some of its gloss in recent years, with fewer big-ticket lots on offer...

Simon de Burton remembers Peter Blond, businessman and stylish gentleman racer

The old car world certainly lost some colour this month with the death of one of its best-loved characters, the former racing driver and Sotheby's specialist Peter Blond who left us on 10 January after contracting Covid-19. Having spoken ...
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New May 2021 date for Amelia Island concours

The organisers of one of everyone’s favourite events have pushed back the traditional early March date for the Amelia Island concours to 20-23 May 2021. The decision was made “in light of current developments both locally and around the g...
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Ten things to take away from the 2020 classic car auctions

Considering the global backdrop, the market for collectable cars proved remarkably resilient in 2020. Number of cars offered, numbers sold and saleroom totals were massively reduced, but business carried on – just not in the way everyone expecte...
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2020: K500 end-of-year market report

After 12 eventful months, we’ve crunched the numbers. In January 2020, did anyone expect five pre-War Bugattis to top the best-sellers list in December? Top 10 cars sold at auction by value in 2020 – all sales (gross)† 1. 1934 Buga...
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OHMSS Cougar sells for £356,500

After much pre-sale publicity, the 1969 Mercury XR7 Convertible formerly owned by "Contessa Teresa 'Tracy' Di Vicenzo" found a new home last night. Bonhams auctioneer James Knight dropped the gavel at £310k (£356.5k gross), just over dou...
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Ask the experts: RS Williams Ltd

RSW MD Neil Thompson greets me at the company’s well-known Cobham premises in confident mood. “How’s business? I’d say very good. We’ve just sold a body-off, best-of-the best, totally restored DB5 for £965,000, and the one in the showro...
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