Global sale total for 2012 higher than in any year in the company's history
Stand-out figures including a record £36 million from two Goodwood auctions at the Festival of Speed and at the Revival
Auction in Weybridge, Surrey, on Monday saw £4.4 million added to the total, including £63,100 for the Ford Box van from 'Dad's Army' and
100 per cent sold for the Patrick Collection: Part III
The Bonhams motoring department concluded its record-breaking 2012 auction season on a high, with a £4.4 million sale at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, Surrey, UK, on Monday.
Among the highlights of the auction was the sale of the 1935 Ford BB Box Van that featured as Lance Cpl Jones's butcher's van in the classic television series 'Dad's Army'. After a fierce bidding war the van was sold to the Dad's Army Museum in Thetford, Norfolk, for £63,100 – more than double its top estimate. The sale means the van will now return to Thetford – the setting for the television series' fictional town of Walmington-on-Sea.
Corinne Fulford, museum manager, said: "We are so pleased to be able to say this iconic piece of memorabilia is coming home to Norfolk and will remain publicly accessible. There are very few pieces of original Dad's Army memorabilia left, and this is one of the most instantly recognisable."
The van was part of the Patrick Collection: Part III, the third instalment of cars from a private museum in Birmingham. The collection was 100 per cent sold, realising £1 million. Leading the way was a 1931 Invicta 4½-litre S-Type Low-Chassis Tourer, which made £466,300, followed by a 1938 SS100 Jaguar 3½-litre Roadster, which realised £250,140. A unique taxi specially commissioned by the Patrick Collection to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 doubled its pre-sale estimate to sell for £24,725, while an unusual Rolls-Royce-engined 1950 Land Rover Prototype sold for nearly six times its pre-sale estimate, realising £47,150.
The Mercedes-Benz marque also featured prominently at the auction with a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster realising £427,100.
In the automobilia section a collection of Formula 1 racing memorabilia from world champions Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel realised £48,600, with the top-selling lot a signed Sebastian Vettel race suit from this year's Australian Grand Prix, which made £13,750.
Two rare and historically important folios of Volkswagen 'Beetle' blueprints rescued from the bomb-damaged German factory and considered instrumental in reviving post-war production of the car sold for more than four times their pre-sale estimate at £13,750.
James Knight, Group Motoring Director at Bonhams, said: "It has been a great year for the Bonhams Motoring Department, including record-breaking sales at Aston Martin Works in May, at Goodwood in June and September, and at our flagship New Bond Street salerooms in London in November.
"Our annual December Sale was a fitting end to the year, with particularly good prices realised for a number of lots including, of course, the 'Dad's Army' van, which we are delighted has found such a fitting home, where it can remain on view to the public.
"We look ahead now to our 2013 season, with auctions in Scottsdale, USA, in January and our sale at the Grand Palais in Paris in February, for which we already have a number of important lots consigned, including the Gipsy Moth aeroplane which featured in the film 'Out of Africa'."
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 valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com