Published date: 3 May 2012
Total success, 100% sold at Bonhams Oxford
Tuesday 6 March 2012
The top lot of the sale was a 1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2+2 Series 1
Coupé barn find that belonged to the Oscar winning producer Agostino
De Laurentiis selling for £101,180 against a presale estimate of £40,000
– 60,000. The ex-Sir Elton John 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre
Roadster was another highlight of the sale, realizing £82,140. The sale
included an eclectic range of motor cars of varied values, ages and
condition. A second E-Type, a 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-Litre
Roadster sold for £91,400; 1966 Citroën DS21 Décapotable, £55,200
and the last of the collection of the late Bugatti enthusiast E.A Stafford East, included Automobilia and a 1929 Frazer Nash AC-engined Sports Two-seater £118,762 in total.
The Paris Sale
Bonhams at La Halle Freyssinet
Thursday 1 February 2012
'The Paris Sale' has become a regular feature on the Bonhams international auction calendar and is regarded by many as the European season opener. Held during the same week as the Salon
Retromobile this year's event was held at La Halle Freysinet and saw a return to a 'drive through' auction format. Over 130 motorcycles and
motorcars were paraded before the packed sale room with a camera panning around the lots and feeding out to video screens set around the sale room as well as on the popular mezzanine lounge and café area from where many bids were made. Perhaps unsurprisingly it was the lots with a French connection that faired best in the
Automobilia section with top honors going to a rare 1900 Paris Olympic Games 'Concours d'Automobiles' gold medal by Frederic Vernon
selling for €15,000 Including Buyers Premium.
Conversely in both the Motorcycle and Motor Car sections of the sale it was the British marques who won top honors with €37,950 paid for a 1948 Vincent Rapide and €1,012,000 for a LHD Aston Martin DB4 GT. Other strong results in the Motor Car section included €615,000 for a 1929 6½/8 Liter Bentley Tourer and €322,000 for a 1935 Delage D8-105 Sport Coupé. Some formidable bidding battles were enjoyed during the event most notable of which were those for the ex-Garage Francorchamps 1978 FIAT 900T Ferrari Service Van (€17,825) and the Bentley Petersen 6½ Liter 'Dartmoor' Coupé selling to Russia for €385,250.
The sale grossed over €7 Million with lots selling to buyers all over the globe proving once again the significance of this ever popular Parisian week in the international auction calendar.