RM’s $44.8m bonanza in the Big Apple

Headed by an $18m Ferrari 250 GT California Spider LWB Competizione, despite a catalogue with only two heavy-hitting lots, RM maintained its strong record in New York by selling 25 of the 32 cars offered.

Compared to 2015, the sold-by-number was up – to 78% – although not one car beat its upper estimate.

At a glance: • Gross: $44,...
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A silver for Bonhams at Olympia

The Bond St house got most of its big lots away at its final motor car sale of 2017, just pipping last year’s gross.

The withdrawal of the £300k to £400k Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa recreation did not aid Bonhams’ cause and, like last Saturday in Bond St, it was a DB5 that took top spot.

At a glance:

* Gross: £3,120,46...
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Bonhams in Bond St: A long and winding road... to £5.3m

Beatlemania hit the West End this afternoon as both the ex-Paul McCartney Aston Martin DB5 and a Radford Mini formerly owned by Ringo Starr stormed to big money at Bonhams’ pre-Christmas sale. Away from the top of the charts, things were not so good: an off-key 44% of cars sold by number in the room.
 
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Dear Santa... what have you brought to London and New York?

Wind the clock back a couple of years to RM’s last bash in the Big Apple and a big-ticket catalogue delivered a mighty $72.5m payday. Bonhams’ last heavy-hitting December auction was highlighted by the Ecurie Ecosse cars in 2013. Is there anything in this year’s offerings worthy of a note up the chimney?
 
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Five reasons why an ex-Schumacher Ferrari F1 car sold for $7.5m

What’s the scoop? The $7.5 million sale by RM Sotheby’s of an F1 Ferrari driven by Michael Schumacher valued the car at double the market rate. Why?
 
1. Location, location, location. Placing it at the Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York was an inspired gamble and set it apart from other mu...
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A Year of Light and Shadows: Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2016-2017

Is it that time of year already? Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi have this month published the latest in their 22-strong series of annual snapshots of the market, the Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2016-2017.

While an annual report cannot give the day-by-day analysis of market shifts provided by online resources such as K500, it ne...
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Out-of-this-world $5.3m paid for Robby the Robot

Bonhams has sold the seven-foot-tall robot from the cult sci-fi movie 'Forbidden Planet' (1956) for a stellar $5,375,000. The world-record piece was the highlight of Bonhams' film memorabilia sale held in New York and comfortably beat $4m paid for the Maltese Falcon statuette – also at a Bonhams auction – in 2013.
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The Only Way is Essex: Fast Ford frenzy at the NEC

Forget about the $450m da Vinci at Christie’s New York, what about Silverstone Auctions’ recent sale at the Classic Car Show? Once again, hotted-up Fords made the headlines, with some devoted fan of the Blue Oval paying £97,875 for a 1980 Ford Escort Mk2 RS2000 ‘Custom’.

The car had covered just 927...
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