Artcurial’s 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sale: The stars align

After a barn-storming performance by RM at Maranello, Artcurial’s healthy €8.5m gross in Paris last weekend – at a sell-through of 80% – shows there’s life left in one-marque sales yet.
The event was held at the Mercedes-Benz Centre in Paris. Eighteen lots were consigned from Mercedes-Benz France’s collection of historic cars.

The 2017 US Fall Auctions: RM and Bonhams

It’s all a far cry from dotcom millionaires and their modern hypercars, but there’s still life in the market for pre-War Americana. The Fall sales held at Hershey (RM) and the Simeone Foundation Museum (Bonhams) are now pretty well the sole outposts of the ‘Brass’ and ‘Great Gatsby’ era cars – we take a look at the figures.

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Taking time out to talk rare watches with Paul Maudsley

Look at any car collector's wrist and the chances are it's sporting something interesting and valuable. The symbiosis between cars and watches is well known: think Jo Siffert and Graham Hill with their Heuer Autavias, Steve McQueen’s Heuer Monaco and the ‘Paul Newman’ Rolex Daytona. We spent some time with expert Paul M...

Wise Counsel (3): Tales of the unexpected

The final part of our legal advice feature series looks at a whole host of thorny issues that might send you scurrying to a lawyer. Here, our classic car legal experts tell us what typically comes across their desks… and how to avoid the problem in the first place.

“Only this morning I had a call from a client who&r...

Mossgreen to offer down-under D-type at Motorclassica

To borrow from Oscar Wilde, “To suffer one fatal accident may be regarded as a misfortune; to experience two looks like carelessness.” The K500 Guide to the Jaguar D-type advises pre-purchase caution as “few have all their original components, and a large number have particularly colourful histories including fires, crashes and...

The cream of the 2017 Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille

Now in its fourth year, the sublime event organised by Peter Auto and generously supported by arch-connoisseur and watchmaker Richard Mille this time celebrated 70 years of Ferrari. A stellar line-up of genuine ex-Le Mans cars was headed by the 250 Testa Rossa that won in 1958. Deservedly, it was this renowned Ferrari, belonging to Sir Mich...

No prizes for Bonhams at Chantilly

As the official auction partner at France’s most prestigious concours, it must be a nice feeling for Bonhams to know that it’s knocked Artcurial off its perch. However, only the directors back in Bond St will know at what cost. Never one of its stronger events, Bonhams’ Chantilly auction this year was not a happy affair.

Forza Ferrari! RM fires on all 12 in Maranello

Those who thought Wednesday night’s lacklustre London sale was a portent of things to come in Italy were wrong. Headed by the €8.3m ‘charity sale’ Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, RM grossed €59,567,750*, selling all but six of the 42 cars offered.

The entire proceeds of the sale of the yet-to-be-built, 210t...