THE NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM, HAMPSHIRE, UK
SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2013
Following the success of 2012's £2.6m sale at the National Motor Museum during the Beaulieu Autojumble, Bonhams Motoring team returned to Hampshire where it managed to surpass the previous year's result and achieve a sale total of £2,825,448. A marathon auction of 140 Motor Cars, 20 Motorcycles and 220 Automobilia lots.
The top-selling car was a 1926 Sunbeam 3.0-Litre Super Sports 'Twin Cam' Tourer, which achieved a top estimate £158,300. Second highest price of the day was the 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900C 1st Series Sprint Coupé selling for £152,700, more than doubling the £60,000 low estimate. Another highlight was the sale of a 1939 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG6 Short Wheelbase Drophead Coupé that went for £119,100. The ever popular auction continued the record breaking year for the Motoring Department and achieved a strong 85% sold.
SIMEONE FOUNDATION,PHILADELPHIA, USA
MONDAY 7 OCTOBER 2013
The second annual Preserving the Automobile auction at the world renowned Simeone Automotive Museum was a fitting and successful
capstone to a stellar year for the Motoring Department in the US. Surrounded by one of the greatest assembly of competition sportscars
on the planet, over 86% of the motor cars and 95% of the automobilia went to new homes as an international assembly of bidders competed in
the room, over the phone, on the internet, and as absentees.
One of the largest automobilia results for an East Coast auction was achieved with nearly $440,000 worth of spares and memorabilia sold. Property from the collection of Alec Ulmann, founder of Sebring International Raceway, was 100% sold and at double the original estimate, while property from a private European museum and property
from a separate important European collection were both 100% sold.
Motor cars did similarly well. Highlights included the beautiful 1934 Aston Martin 1.5-Litre Sports 2/4 Seater, formerly owned by comedian Bill Cosby, that realised $264,000 after spirited bidding in the crowd and on the phones. The ex-Doris Duke 1910 Peerless Model 29 Park Phaeton Victoria by Brewster brought $231,000, whereas a rare early American car, the 1911 Stoddard Dayton Model 11A 5-Passenger
Touring achieved an impressive $148,500 when it sold to a private American collector.
Overall, the auction at the Simeone Museum was up 10% from last year - proof of the continued strength of preservation-class motor cars and
Bonhams' strong position in the market for them.
CARMEL, CALIFORNIA, USA
FRIDAY 16 AUGUST 2013
Bonhams 16th annual Carmel automotive auction - the longest running sale during the Monterey Peninsula Car Week - was a resounding success
with a near 90% Sale-through rate and nearly $33 million realised.
The Bonhams pavilion, situated on the spacious western lawns of Quail Lodge in sunny Carmel Valley, hosted an incredibly busy viewing in a
lovely garden party atmosphere. Buyers from around the world came to view some of the rarest and most important cars ever offered, which
resulted in a packed salesroom on auction day.
"It was the most attended preview and auction in memory," said Bonhams Group Director of Motoring James Knight. The most popular car of the auction in terms of consistent crowds of admirers and cameras,
as well sale price, was the utterly distinct 1931 Bentley 4.5-Litre Supercharged Le Mans racer from the Charles R.J. Noble Collection. Spirited bidding in the saleroom and on the telephones elicited excitement among the crowd as the car realised $4,647,500 from a private European buyer, resulting in a new record for a production
blower Bentley. Another crowd-creating and news-making car, the stunning one-off 1954 New York Auto Show, 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé by Vignale, made the audience erupt in cheers as it achieved an
astonishing result and sold for $2,805,000. The incredibly original Car and Driver test car 1962 Shelby AC Cobra from the Stan Hallinan
Collection also achieved a new record for the model as it brought $2,068,000 to the delight of all in attendance. The 1952 Earls Court Motor Show and 1953 Sebring 12 Hours, 1952 Frazer-Nash Le Mans MkII
sold for $1 million, setting a new world auction record for the marque.
Overall, 10 cars sold for more than $1 million with several new world records achieved. Additional records achieved for marque models include: Lamborghini Countach, Lancia B24S Spider America, Lotus 22 and a Mercedes-Benz Bus. Furthermore, more than $1.6 million was
realised for the automobilia section, always a popular attraction at Bonhams' sales, with a Ferrari 625 LM 2.5-Litre 4-cylinder engine selling for $326,500 and a rare 1925 Lalique Comete glass mascot making $120,100.
"We achieved outstanding results for exceptional motor cars and demonstrated once again the strength of the highest end of the market," said Bonhams Group CEO Malcolm Barber. "Our international team was on site servicing a clientele that spans the globe, and
whether it's making records this month in California or last month in England, the Bonhams motoring group, as market leaders, is one of the
SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2013
The 15th Goodwood Revival Meeting played host to the annual Bonhams Auction, having been partners since its inception. The lots featured in the sale equalled the calibre of machinery racing at high speed around the famed Goodwood Motor circuit. The star car was, without a
doubt, the ex-Tazio Nuvolari 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C-35 Grand Prix car which made a new world record for the marque at auction when it sold
for £5,937,500. Following shortly behind the Alfa Romeo was the ex-Works 1931 Invicta 4½-Litre S-Type Low Chassis Tourer which realised £953,500.
From pre-war racing cars to 60s and 70s Grand Touring cars, the Revival Sale had it all - a 1972 Lamborghini Muira SV, which was delivered new to Rod Stewart made £919,900 and a 1961 Ferrari 250GT Series II Cabriolet, which had been in the same family ownership for 40 years realised £707,100.
NEW BOND STREET, LONDON
FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2013
Bought "for a song" in 1936 a veteran entrant of the London to Brighton Rally – a 1903 Clement Talbot - sold for a premium inclusive
£606,300 at the first sale to take place in the company's newly remodelled headquarters in New Bond Street.Second highest price at the sale was for an historic 1902 Panhard Levassor 16HP four cylinder rear-entrance Tonneau with coachwork by Labourdette of Paris which sold for £583,900. The sale totalled £1.9m and is the largest to
date, with only one car remaining unsold.