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Rupert Banner - Career Highlights


Ignition Spring/Summer 2013

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Vice President of Business Development,New York

He says: "This year is my 20th in the auction business. There are so many enjoyable elements to the job, including collection sales, pioneering new venues, travelling around the world and – of course – having to be ever more inventive to secure business in a competitive market. Of all the deals that have been done, there are three cars
that stand out. All three were top prices on the day and remain in the same ownerships they were sold to."

1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver GhostD-Front Landaulette by Barker & Co. Sold: £496,500 November 1997

"I was thrilled for the owner of this car – a family friend of many years – when fresh from restoration it won 'Best of Show' at the 1997 Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club Concours. When he turned around to me and said 'what's it worth?' this was the start of one of the first major projects I'd worked on. I targeted specific buyers for the car and, on the morning of the sale, one of them confirmed his interest and went on to buy the car. The price achieved was the second highest in any UK sale that year, and sixth highest in the world. It was a pivotal point in my career in understanding focus on exceptional quality, higher value automobiles and the importance of finding the right buyers for them."

Works No. 2 Team Car 1930 Bentley Speed Six Tourer
Sold: €4.18 million July 2004

"Bringing this car and a handful of others from the same stable to the market in 2004 was truly an unforgettable experience. Offering the car at Le Mans, where it had placed second in 1930, proved incredibly successful. From the moment I saw the car, I knew that if tested publicly at auction there would be a war for it. Dispelling
a theory that vintage Bentleys don't sell well at auction, it blew its £1 million estimate away to sell for £2.8 million."

Single family ownership from new 1928 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 Sports Tourer Sold: £2.8 million September 2012

"Having pursued it for many years, I was staggered when I first saw this car in the flesh. Its untouched, original condition was quite extraordinary, and reflected the fact it had been owned by the same family from new. Since it wasn't being used, I always dreamt that
perhaps one day it might come to sale. Last September that dream became a reality."

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