The inaugural Bonhams auction in the fashionable seaside town of Knokke-Le-Zoute in Belgium on Friday 11th October which concentrated on European engineering achieved the strong total of €2.345,809.
The sale was held alongside the Zoute Grand Prix Rally and the Zoute Concours d'Elegance, and attracted a strong audience turnout and some keen bidding.
Philip Kantor, Head of the Mainland European Motoring department, said: 'Following the success of our inaugural sale at the Spa Classic in May, we are delighted to have achieved the result we did at Knokke-Le-Zoute, the second of our two new auctions this year, which has given us €5.8m total in 2013 for motor car sales held in Belgium.'
Top lot in the sale was a 1957 Maserati A6G/54 with coachwork by Allemano which was sold for €506,000.
Germany was represented by a one owner from new 1994 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera RS 3.8-litre Coupe which sold for €270,000, as well as an original European delivery 1961 Porsche 356B 1600 'Roadster' making €126,500.
One of the biggest surprises of the sale was the astonishing price of €166,750 paid for a 1991 Lamborghini LM 002 4x4 which had just 1,266 kilometres on the clock. This result must make it one of the most valuable off-road cars ever sold and probably a world record for the model.
Further strong results were the €166,000 paid for 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Spring Series 2 Coupe, eligible for the Mille Miglia and a former Pebble Beach entrant and the €97,750 for a gorgeous 1953 Austin Healey BN1 roadster .
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