Amelia Island Auction

RM Sotheby’s returned to Amelia Island this week for its 20th annual sale as the official auction of the renowned Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The single-day sale achieved *$27.7 million with a strong 86 percent of all lots sold, with international attendance from bidders representing 32 countries. Exceptional pre-War classics and modern high-performance models were the highlights of the night, with top sale honors led by a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, one of approximately 58 long-nose, torque-tube, triple-carburetor, steel-bodied examples. Retaining its original chassis, engine, and gearbox, the beautifully presented car sold for a final $2,205,000.

One of the most highly anticipated segments of the evening was the offering of Exclusively Porsche – The 964 Collection, a group of 11 limited-production Porsche 911 Type 964 variants assembled by a single-owner. Stand outs from the collection included the one-of-55 1993 911 Carrera RS 3.8 which sold for a final $1,655,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $1.2m-1.5m, smashing the previous record for a Type 964 Porsche 911 Carrera RS at public auction. The paint-to-sample Ferrari Yellow 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 showing less than 800 km from new, roared onto the stage and brought a strong $1,270,000.

Pre-War classics also drew strong interest at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale. Most notably, a 1931 Marmon Sixteen LeBaron Coupe wearing a superb restoration by Marmon expert Harry Sherry and complete with its original body, engine, and chassis incited a fierce battle between a bidder in the room and on the phone, selling for a final $1,050,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $700k/900k. Additional American high performers included a 1932 REO Royale 8-35 Convertible Coupe, one of only five known surviving examples, which achieved a final $280,000 (est. $200k/250k). European classics were led by the immaculate 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A S Boattail Cabriolet, known as “The Grey Goddess”, which dazzled under the auction lights before bringing a well-deserved $1,270,000. A 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Étoile Town Car with striking coachwork by Hibbard and Darrin also far-exceeded expectations at $335,000 (est. $175k/250k).