The RM Auction & Sotheby‘s auction during the Concours D‘Elegance in Amelia Island would have had some vehicles that were unique and record-breaking in their desire, but the bids were far behind the hoped for Estimate. Above all, the particularly high-quality Ferraris stayed behind their expectations. Including the Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta with Scaglietti body, year of construction 1961 (Estimate 9 to 10 million dollars) and the very special Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta with Touring bodywork with a documented Mille MIglia history (Estimate 8 to 10 million dollars).
The Ferrari 365 GTB / 4 Daytona Berlinetta Competizione Conversion of 1971 was also unable to find a buyer (Estimate 1.25 to 1.5 million dollars). Also a 1928 Bentley 4 ½ liter Le Mans Sports „The Bobtail“ with Van den Plas body, built in 1928, with an Estimate of 6.5 to 7.5 million dollars was not sold. Fourteen vehicles, mainly with a high-priced Estimate remained unsold.
But the hoped-for record sales were also to be reported. At the top of the sales was the 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet with Vanvooren bodywork, which changed ownership for 7.7 million dollars. Noticeable at the Amelia Island auction was the large proportion of prewar vehicles. While the last few years have been rather unsuccessful for these vehicles, the vehicles from the Orin Smith collection have been changing their owners for a total of around 31 million dollars. Shortly after the sale of the spectacular Bugatti, a 1929 Stutz Model M Supercharged Coupe, of which there are only three known cars left, could change possession for 1,705,000 million. A total of 63 vehicles were sold from the collection. Another highlight was the 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet Series III „Tipo Bocca“, which was auctioned for 2,145,000 dollars. The $ 1 million Estimate also surpassed by the 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Special Newmarket Permanent Sedan with Brewster bodywork, which ultimately changed ownership for $ 1,237,500. The Rolls-Royce brand was a top performer in this auction. A 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Henley Roadster, also with Brewster bodywork was sold for $ 682,000. A Graham 97 Supercharged Cabriolet from 1937 exhibited a new auction record and was auctioned for 770,000 dollars.
The 1956 Bentley S1 Continetal Drophead Coupé with Park Ward body was also an absolute top performer at the Amelia Island auction of RM & Sotheby’s Auction. It reached a total of 1.7 million dollars, well above the Estimate of 700 to 900 thousand dollars.
The Saturday was in the limelight of a private sports car collection, led by the two-color Maserati A6G / 54 Frua Coupé Series III of 1956, which totalled 2,365,000 dollars (Estimate 1.6 to 2.2 million dollars). From the same collection, the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 from 1974, which very quickly exceeded its Estimate from 900,000 to 1.1 million dollars and at the end the buyer offered 1,375,000 dollars. The 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe brought 1.1 million dollars and a Mercedes Benz Gullwing of 1954 reached 1,358,500 dollars.
An absolute surprise was the auction of the 1963-man’s Manx Dune Buggy, which surpassed his aimed Estimate twice and doubled for 68,750 dollars. Also worthy of note is the 1995 Ferrari F50 from prominent predecessor. The vehicle was initially delivered to Mike Tyson. The Ferrari was sold for $ 68,750.
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