Thursday 10 January 2013
As the last issue of ignition went to press the Motorcycle department
was about to hold its third annual auction in Las Vegas. The sale – the Bonhams Motoring team's first of 2013 – was the most successful to
date, attracting a record crowd to its new venue and realising more
than $2.6 million, with an 86 per cent sale rate.
Among the impressive array of lots on offer were several machines
from prominent museums and prestigious private collections from Europe, Asia and America.
Top-selling lot was a 1939 BMW Rennsport 255 Kompressor that sold for $480,000 to a private American collector. This was followed by another rare competition BMW – a 1954 Rennsport 54 sidecar racing
outfit – which attracted fierce bidding before selling for $167,800,
again to a private American collector.
Other notable sales included $134,800 for a 1952 Vincent Black Shadow,
$86,250 for the ex-Otis Chandler 1920 Mars Type A20, and $69,000 for
the extraordinarily original Australian speedway championship 1929 Harley- Davidson Pea Shooter. The Mars once owned by late Los Angeles Times publisher Mr Chandler is expected to make its home at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, where it will be on public display.
Meanwhile the 1902 Rambler Model B once housed in the Indian Motorcycle Museum sold for $66,700, after attracting intense
interest from bidders both in the audience and on the telephones.
Results can be viewed at: www.bonhams.com/auctions/20469
LE GRAND PALAIS, PARIS, FRANCE
Thursday 7 February 2013
Following a spectacular debut sale at the venue in 2011, the Motoring team's second auction at the Grand Palais was another resounding
success, with just short of €13 million realised.The marathon 11-hour sale saw bidders from 27 countries worldwide take home 86 motor cars, 84 motorcycles and more than 100 lots of automobilia.
The 'Out of Africa' Gipsy Moth bi-plane is on its way back to the continent after nearly three decades, after selling for a world auction record €201,250 to an anonymous telephone bidder in Kenya.
In the motor car section the top lots were a 1929 Bentley 6½-Litre Speed Six Tourer that beat its pre-sale estimate to realise €828,000, a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage Cabriolet that more than doubled its estimate at €805,000, and the 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Coupé that was
formerly owned by Ettore Bugatti himself and sold for €690,000. Meanwhile the Charles H Brown collection was 100 per cent sold at more
than €1.2 million, with the top-selling lot a 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Sports Tourer at €483,000.
The Motorcycle department had a very successful sale, more than doubling its 2011 total at €857,625 realised. Two headline collections achieved a combined total of almost €600,000. Top lot in the Garelli Grand Prix Collection was a 1926 Garelli Racing Motorcycle at €29,900, while a 1917 Indian 7hp Powerplus led the way among the bikes of the late Claude Lesellier, selling for €28,750.
Top-selling lots were a 1968 Egli-Vincent Racing Motorcycle at €40,250, a 1952 Vincent Series-C Rapide at €37,950, and a c.1941 Zündapp KS750 'Sahara' Motorcycle Combination at €35,650. Immediately after the auction, a 1925 Coventry-Eagle Flying-8 Sidevalve was sold for €40,090.
Results can be viewed at: www.bonhams.com/auctions/20924
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, USA
Thursday 17 January 2013
The Motor Car department's second visit to Arizona achieved multiple world record prices and a $14 million sale total – more than double
the $6.2 million achieved in its inaugural year in 2012.
One of the largest crowds seen at a Bonhams US motoring sale and registered bidders from 28 countries worldwide saw a number of exceptional prices achieved, including $1,215,000 for the 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV from the collection of the prominent Oldenburg family of horse breeders, $951,000 for a 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Faux Cabriolet, and $912,500 for the 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS Spider.
After a long bidding battle between two American enthusiasts the 1967 Ferrari GTC Speciale originally commissioned by Pirelli Tyres president Leopoldo Pirelli made a world auction record $885,000 – more than double its pre-sale estimate.
The London Motor Show 1964 Morgan Plus Four Plus Coupé also performed well, realising a new world auction record for the model at $230,500.
Meanwhile the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540k Cabriolet 'A' found a buyer post-sale for $1,312,500.
Results can be viewed at: www.bonhams.com/auctions/20582
BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, USA
Saturday 23 February 2013
The first Bonhams sale at the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance recorded impressive results, with strong prices and several world auction records achieved on its way to a $3.75 million total.
Buyers from around the world attracted by a diverse selection of American and European motor cars led to an impressive 91 per cent
sale rate at this inaugural auction in the grounds of the luxurious seaside resort and club north of Miami.
Top-selling lot was the former Mrs E.L.Cord 1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Phaeton, which sold to an American collector for $698,500.
Other notable prices achieved included $390,500 for the original 'Plexi' nose, European-delivered 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider Conversion, $264,000 for the 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III later adapted to drophead coupé guise, $165,000 for an immaculate concours-condition 1962 Jaguar XKE Series I Coupé, and $143,000
for a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale. A rare 1962 Citroen 2CV Sahara 4x4 attracted frenzied bidding between rival phone bidders, before selling to a collector from the Middle East for $80,300.
Results can be viewed at: www.bonhams.com/auctions/21075
KIDLINGTON, OXFORDSHIRE, UK
Saturday 2 March 2013
The Motor Car department's first UK sale of the year realised £1.2 million and again saw strong interest in the Ferrari marque.
Following the success of the ex-Agostino De Laurentiis 1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2+2 'Series 1' Coupé barn-find at the same sale last year, a
1968 365/250GT SWB re-creation sold above its top estimate at £253,500, and a 1965 330GT 2+2 Berlinetta 'Series 1' realised £85,500.
A single-owner collection of Buicks, including one used on the royal tour of Canada in 1927 by the future King Edward VIII, sold for a combined £108,615. The 1928 model year McLaughlin-Buick 496 Tourer itself sold for £59,740. Other notable prices included £135,900 for
a 1939 BMW 328-style Roadster, £23,000 for a 1927 Morris Oxford Saloon in the model's centenary year, and £6,900 for a 1959 Morris
Mini Saloon that was the 529th produced and is one of the oldest surviving examples of its type.
Results can be viewed at: www.bonhams.com/auctions/20925