Bonhams drops Newport Pagnell as venue for annual marque sale

Bonhams drops Newport Pagnell as venue for annual marque sale 12th January 2018

There will be a Bonhams Aston sale in 2018 – but it will no longer be held at the ‘home of Aston Martin’. This year’s event will take place on 2 June at Englefield House, Berkshire, in association with the Owners Club.

The first sale at Aston Martin Works (then ‘Works Service’) was held in 2000. Over the subsequent 18 years the event has witnessed some extraordinary sights: £533,500 paid for The Persuaders! DBS; £393,500 for a ‘DP’ DB5 barn-find with only three wheels; £41,100 for a gear knob once fitted to a Goldfinger DB5.

The annual Works auction has become something of an institution, though in recent years, as the supply of barn-finds has dried up and the market has consolidated, the figures have slipped back. In 2013 the cars grossed £10m at a sell-through of 96%; last year the gross was £5.1m and only 60% of cars found new owners – and that was up from 52% in 2016. And the big-ticket headliners – DB4 GT, DB3S and so on – were always more likely to highlight a Monterey or Amelia Island auction than one in provincial Buckinghamshire.

We wish Bonhams well. No spokesman from the company was available for comment on the precise reasons behind the move, or whether its slot at Aston Martin Works would be taken by a competitor.  

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