Category archives: Auctions

Artcurial rocks out with $34 million Retromobile auction

A 1959 Cadillac Eldorado convertible on the block in Paris | Artcurial Motorcars photos
A 1959 Cadillac Eldorado convertible on the block in Paris | Artcurial Motorcars photos

The team from Paris-based Artcurial Motorcars felt like rock ’n roll stars this past weekend when more than 3,000 people crowded into the auction area in the Parc des expositions Porte de Versailles for the company’s annual Retromobile sale, especially with French rocker Johnny Hallyday’s music playing as two of his vehicles were sold for charity.

The sale generated $34 million in transactions with a 73 percent sell-through rate. And that was just the collector cars that sold on Friday. On Saturday, the auction continued with nearly 450 automotive mascots from the Vincent Saja collection and with an additional sale of art and automobilia. Continue reading

Significant competition cars set for Gooding’s Amelia Island sale

The 1977 Porsche 934/5 racer is a “true one-off” that won the 1981 Australian Sports Car Championship | Gooding & Company photos
The 1977 Porsche 934/5 racer is a “true one-off” that won the 1981 Australian Sports Car Championship | Gooding & Company photos

Historic race cars that performed in international competitions at Le Mans, Nurburgring, Fuji and a host of other famous venues will be auctioned during Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island, Florida, sale on March 10.

Leading the pack are three intriguing examples of performance machines, including two Porsches and a famed rotary-powered Mazda that competed in endurance races as the factory entry. Continue reading

Bonhams adds nearly $16 million to Paris auction total

1935 Aston Martin Ulster that raced at Le Mans tops Bonhams' Paris auction | Bonhams photos
1935 Aston Martin Ulster that raced at Le Mans tops Bonhams’ Paris auction | Bonhams photos

Paris’ magnificent Grand Palais provided the setting Thursday for Bonhams’ sixth annual Grandes Marques du Monde auction during the Retromobile collector car celebration. The event posted total sales of €14,923,100 ($15,869,970) with a 70 percent sell-through rate.

The top sale was a 1935 Aston Martin Ulster, registration number CML 719, that went for €2,012,500 ($2,151,765). Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s posts record sales at Paris Retromobile auction

1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 tops sales at nearly $4.2 million | RM Sotheby's photos by Rene Dargegen
1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 tops sales at nearly $4.2 million | RM Sotheby’s photos by Rene Dargegen

The auction action taking place during Paris’ Retromobile collector car celebration got off to be great start Wednesday with RM Sotheby’s posting nearly $29.5 million in sales with a 77.9 percent sell-through rate. The final sales total of $29,451,595 was the most ever for the auction house’s Paris sale. Continue reading

1950 Cisitalia-Abarth raced by Nuvolari goes to Motostalgia sale

The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth grand prix car has a remarkable history | Motostalgia photos
The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth grand prix car has a remarkable history | Motostalgia photos

The 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth 204A Spyder Corsa to be offered by Motostalgia at its Amelia Island auction in March is an awesome grand prix race car in its own right. But add its incredible provenance with some of motorsports’ greatest personalities and the silver projectile stands as a significant piece of racing history. Continue reading

Paris preview: RM Sotheby’s showcases upcoming auction stars

Uniquely bodied 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export 'Uovo' will be offered at Monterey auction | RM Sotheby's photo by Remi Dargegen
Uniquely bodied 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export ‘Uovo’ will be offered at Monterey auction | RM Sotheby’s photo by Remi Dargegen

RM Sotheby’s will use the Retromobile celebration this week in Paris to showcase two vehicles that will headline two of its auction dockets this summer. The cars are a 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Coupe by Figoni et Falaschi that will be offered at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este auction May 27 in Italy and the one-off 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export “Uovo” that will star at the company’s sale August 18-19 on northern California’s Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

Aston Martins, Lancia Spider star at Gooding Amelia Island sale

The 1949 Aston Martin DB MkII was used by company owner David Brown | Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding
The 1949 Aston Martin DB MkII was used by company owner David Brown | Mathieu Heurtault/Gooding

Three thoroughbred collector cars, one from Italy and two from Great Britain, highlight Gooding & Company’s annual Amelia Island Auction on March 10 in the northern Florida resort community.

The British cars are both Aston Martins, including a historic 1949 DB MkII coupe that was the personal car of company owner David Brown. Continue reading

Major collection of Porsche cars, automobilia at Auctions America

The Porsche collection was compiled by a Connecticut couple | Auctions America
The Porsche collection was compiled by a Connecticut couple | Auctions America photos

Yet another large Porsche collection is going to auction, with Auctions America offering the no-reserve sale of 26 cars spanning 48 years of Porsche production, and an extensive trove of automobilia, during its Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sale March 31-April 1.

Ranging from a 1955 Porsche 356 1600 Speedster to a 2003 Porsche 996 Turbo, the JLB Autocrib Collection was compiled by Connecticut enthusiasts Jack and Alice Gish, who scoured the country looking for the finest examples of Porsches and collector items related to the German sports car brand, according to Auctions America. Continue reading

At 68, he’s selling a collection to fund a new search

Clive Pearson spent 30 years collecting Ariel motorcycles | H&H Classics photos
Clive Pearson spent 30 years collecting Ariel motorcycles | H&H Classics photos

Clive Pearson of Leicester, England, has spent the past 30 years putting together a collection of 30 unrestored Ariel Arrows motorcycles and Ariel parts. Now 68, he is offering it all up at the H&H Classics auction February 22 at Donington Park so he can continue another quest.

No, Pearson isn’t retiring from his passion for collecting. He’s simply selling his collection of Ariels to fund his effort to locate and restore a Kettenkrad, a German tracked motorbike. Continue reading

Stunning sell-through rate boosts Mecum’s Vegas vintage motorcycle auction to $13.7 million

Sports-style arena was site of Mecum's sale of nearly 1,000 vintage motorcycles | Larry Edsall photos
Sports-style arena was site of Mecum’s sale of nearly 1,000 vintage motorcycles | Larry Edsall photos

With $13.7 million in sales and a stunning 92 percent sell-through rate, Mecum’s 26th annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction was the most successful ever. The auction house noted that the sales total was a 53 percent increase compared wth the same event a year ago. Continue reading