18 Aug 2012
Sports and competition cars grab pole position at Bonhams'
new location on the Quail Lodge grounds
International bidders assembled in the Bonhams tent, aided by telephone, absentee and online bidding, to create a truly competitive atmosphere at Bonhams 15th annual sale – the longest running sale of an international auction house during the Monterey Car Week.
In addition to the sale of the ex-GTC Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren F1 GTR 'Longtail' FIA GT Endurance Racing Coupe other headlining cars included:
- The ex-Filipinetti/Dominique Martin Team ZITRO, 1966 Ford GT40 at $2.2 million.
- The ex-Mecom/Simoniz Racing/Ron Grable 1966 Lola T70 MkII GT Coupe that brought $324,000.
Uniquely, Bonhams offered not only motorcars but motorcycles, automobilia and jewelry at Quail Lodge. Highlights included:
- The trio of rare Crocker V-Twin motorcycles that all sold to a private collection in Asia Pacific for approximately $300,000 each.
- A beautifully restored 1937 Brough Superior SS100, which made $203,000.
- An extremely rare Lalique 'Renard' fox mascot that made a new world record at almost $340,000.
Other interesting lots included the unique Art Deco 1941 Tatra T87 Aerodynamic Saloon that exceeded all estimates selling for $280,000 after spirited bidding, while the 1970 BMW CSL Group 2 Coupe realized $214,000.
In all, Bonhams' two-day sale during the world-famous Monterey Car Week was another success for the worldwide auction house. Said Group CEO Malcolm Barber, "This was a wonderful way to celebrate our 15th anniversary auction on the peninsula – we welcomed old friends and new faces into our spacious new facility. This followed a week-long activity commencing with our sponsorship of the exciting Pre-Historic Races at Laguna Seca and hosting the Quail Rally breakfast."
The extensive Bonhams car auction calendar moves to September where the UK team will be conducting their next auctions at the Beaulieu International Autojumble and the world-famous Goodwood Revival meeting. Catalogs are now online at www.bonhams.com/cars.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com