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Twice Upon a Time in Hollywood: ‘Wolf of Wall St’ cars go to auction

Twice Upon a Time in Hollywood: ‘Wolf of Wall St’ cars go to auction 2nd November 2023

Both the white 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Editions that featured in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated 2013 movie The Wolf of Wall Street will cross the block later this year at identical $1.5m to $2m guide prices.

First up on 25 November at the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix is Bonhams’ chassis ZA9CA05A6KLA12692. This has the most screen time – 3 minutes and 11 seconds, the Brits say – and is presented in ‘time-warp’ condition complete with battle damage. The North American-spec car features the local market big front bumper and classic Countach rear wing – both needed to be transposed to the other Countach 25th Anniversary used in the production mid-filming to maintain continuity. Also included in the sale are a Jordan Belfort costume, a director's chair and a clapperboard (both signed by Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie), two crew hoodies, and two DVDs of the film.

Estimate: US$1,500,000 to US$2,000,000.

On 8 December in New York, RM Sotheby’s presents ZA9CA05A0KLA12722, another US Countach, this time only used fleetingly as a ‘double’ in the film. The car was rented from Picture Cars East who’d borrowed it from an owner, so remained undamaged. Like many US Countaches, the big front bumper and OTT rear wing had been removed for reasons of taste – but white over white was OK, right? – hence the swapover of bits with car ‘12692’. These have been reinstated so ‘12722’ can be driven or shown as is. The buyer of the crashed car will need to decide if it merits restoration.

Estimate: US$1,500,000 to US$2,000,000.

Photos by Bonhams and RM Sotheby’s