Ferrari collection headed to RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction

Ferrari Performance Collection includes 9 offered at no reserve | RM Sotheby's photos by Theodore W. Pieper
Ferrari Performance Collection includes 9 offered at no reserve | RM Sotheby’s photos by Theodore W. Pieper

A baker’s dozen of Ferraris, all from a single owner, most offered without reserve, has been consigned to RM Sotheby’s annual Monterey auction, scheduled for August 18-19 at Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center in downtown Monterey, California.

The “Ferrari Performance Collection” comprises 13 cars spanning 50 years of Ferrari history and includes a 1961 250 GT SWB and a 1967 275 GTB/4. Also included are a 1991 F40, a 2011 599 GTO that has been driven only 481 miles and a 1984 512 BBi showing only 533 miles since new. Continue reading

Aston Martin racing stars going to RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale

DBR1 Chassis 1 was the prototype for the Aston Martin that won at Le Mans in 1959 | RM Sotheby's photo by Tim Scott
DBR1 Chassis 1 was the prototype for the Aston Martin that won at Le Mans in 1959 | RM Sotheby’s photo by Tim Scott

Calling it “the most significant group of Aston Martin competition cars to ever come to auction,” RM Sotheby’s has announced its Monterey sale scheduled for August 18-19 will feature among other racing Astons the 1956 DBR1, chassis No. 1, the prototype for the car that Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori drove to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1959.

Also on the docket will be: Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s cruises in to SoCal for mellow Santa Monica auction

The 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline is a historic piece of California's past  | RM Sotheby's photos
The 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline is a historic piece of California’s past | RM Sotheby’s photos

Santa Monica is at the heart of Southern California beach culture. It has the famous pier, aquarium and surfing tradition, as well as its fun-in-the-sun collector car scene. But it’s not just about old woody wagons and VW microbuses.

For the past five years, Auctions America has brought a summertime car auction to Santa Monica to feed the longings of a diverse group of car collectors. But this year, the footprint has expanded with the parent auction company, RM Sotheby’s, moving in and raising the bar for the car offerings. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s sets sale at Ferrari factory

Teaser: 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa on its way to auction in 2009| RM Sotheby's photos
Teaser: 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa on its way to auction in 2009| RM Sotheby’s photos

Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and part of those festivities will be what RM Sotheby’s terms the “most significant single-marque sale in auction history,” a single-marque auction September 8 at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy.

The auction, RM Sotheby’s promises, will “feature some of the most valuable and sought-after Ferraris on the planet.” Continue reading

Pre-war French cars are stars at RM Sotheby’s $28.5 million sale

Figoni et Falaschi-bodied 1937 Talbot-Lago sells for $3.78 million | RM Sotheby's photos
Figoni et Falaschi-bodied 1937 Talbot-Lago sells for $3.78 million | RM Sotheby’s photos

With a pair of pre-war French classics each selling for more than $3 million, RM Sotheby’s fourth Ville Erba sale on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como posted more than $28.5 million in sales Saturday. Forty-one of the 66 cars and motorcycles were sold, for a 62 percent sell-through rate.

“It’s great to see that the demand for special pre-war cars is stronger than ever, and we continue to see rare, low-production supercars with excellent provenance, performing very strongly,” Augustin Sabatie-Garat, RM Sotheby’s car specialist and Villa Erba auction manager, said in a news release. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s upgrades one auction, but cancels another

Historic Barker Hangar again will be the site of the now-RM Sotheby's auction | Auctions America photo
Historic Barker Hangar again will be the site of the now-RM Sotheby’s auction | Auctions America photo

RM Sotheby’s is adding a collector car auction to its calendar but eliminating another. The company announced Tuesday that it will take over presentation of the fifth annual Santa Monica, California, sale previously staged by its subsidiary Auctions America.

However, RM Sotheby’s will not stage the sale it has done for some 20 years in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of American in the Detroit suburbs, although it will continue as an event sponsor and will have a showcase of cars at the Inn at St. John’s. Continue reading

TV series will follow RM Sotheby’s search for consignments

Series will show how RM Sotheby's staff finds and consigns cars such as this D-type Jaguar at Monterey 2016 | Larry Edsall photo
Series will show how RM Sotheby’s staff finds and consigns cars such as this D-type Jaguar at Monterey 2016 | Larry Edsall photo

From late in 2015 and into the fall of 2016, RM Sotheby’s collector car auctions allowed a “fly on the wall” to travel with its staff as it ventured around the world seeking cars to fill the dockets for its auctions. The result is a 10-part television series, Million Dollar Car Hunters.

The hour-long programs are produced by Waddell Media under commission from BBC Worldwide and Britain’s Channel 4, although U.S. distribution has yet to be announced. However, the television production company based near Belfast, Northern Ireland, has a well-established relationship with the Discovery, National Geographic and A&E cable networks in the U.S. The programs also will be seen on BBC Canada. Continue reading

First hypercar ‘holy trinity’ boasted by RM Sotheby’s

The 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder is the only one produced in  “Paint to Sample” Arrow Blue | RM Sotheby's photos
The 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder is the only one produced in “Paint to Sample” Arrow Blue | RM Sotheby’s photos

The “holy trinity” of modern hypercars. That’s what RM Sotheby’s is calling the trio of spectacular road-going hybrid-performance machines from Italy, Germany and Great Britain that will be auctioned May 27 during its Villa Erba sale on the shores of Lake Como in Italy. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s reveals star car for upcoming auction at Lake Como

1938 Mercedes on the road in Pebble Beach tour | RM Sotheby's photo by Pawel Litwinski
1938 Mercedes on the road in Pebble Beach tour | RM Sotheby’s photo by Pawel Litwinski

RM Sotheby’s has revealed two more star cars for its Villa Erba auction May 27 on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como — a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Torpedo-Sport Avant-Garde, the only survivor of the three built, and a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Cabriolet, one of only three with coachwork by Franay.

Previously announced for the official auction of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este were a 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS coupe by Figoni et Falaschi as well as a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider 4th series and a 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atlante Prototype. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s reveals more Villa Erba auction stars

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 17509 GS Spider figures to among highest-dollar sales at Villa Erba | RM Sotheby's photo by Tim Scott
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 17509 GS Spider figures to among highest-dollar sales at Villa Erba | RM Sotheby’s photos by Tim Scott

At the recent Retromobile collector car celebration in Paris, RM Sotheby’s displayed the Figoni et Falaschi-bodied 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS “Goute d’Eau” coupe that will star at the auction house’s Villa Erba sale May 27. Now, it has revealed two more star cars for the auction, which takes place in conjunction with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, Italy. Continue reading