Shooting Stars: The No Reserve Wiesenthal Collection sale

Shooting Stars: The No Reserve Wiesenthal Collection sale 1st December 2018

In contrast to the subdued proceedings in London, over in Vienna, local house Dorotheum offered 13 classic Mercedes – all without reserve – from a family collection founded by Günther Wiesenthal, one of the world’s earliest dealers in the marque. Almost every car sold above estimate.

Although Wiesenthal had built up his retailing business in Europe and the USA since the 1920s, many of the cars in the collection were added much later: the 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ was a US car bought in 1979, the 300 SL Roadster three years earlier.

Both cars were ‘matching numbers’. This, and coming out of serious long-term ownership, attracted buyers seeking originality and ‘no stories’ for models once again on the up after a three-year period of correction.

Dorotheum Wiesenthal Collection auction, Vienna, 1 December 2018  Results


1979 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9. €89,700 gross, est. €25,000 - 35,000
1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL. €59,800 gross, est. €15,000 - 25,000
1977 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC. €48,300 gross, est. €15,000 - 25,000
1958 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Coupé. €171,000 gross, est. €45,000 - 65,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet. €148,600 gross, est. €75,000 - 100,000
1954 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A. €159,800 gross, est. €110,000 - 150,000
1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL ‘Pagoda’. €105,800 gross, est.  €65,000 - 85,000
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 b Cabriolet D. €187,800 gross, est. €140,000 - 200,000
1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Roadster. €607,800 gross, est. €550,000 - 750,000
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. €1,123,000 gross, est. €750,000 - 950,000
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet. €372,600 gross, est. €240,000 - 320,000
1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman. €383,800 gross, est. €180,000 - 260,000
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 'Gullwing'. €1,492,600 gross, est. €900,000 - 1,200,000

Photos by Dorotheum