The Aston Martin Works Sale
17 May 2014
Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works Service

Weekend of sales success totals over £11 million for Bonhams Auctioneers

The Aston Martin Works Sale saw Roger Moore's 'The Persuaders!' Aston Martin DBS sets world record for DBS sold at auction, selling for £533,500

Elsewhere 'Barn Find Corner' sold out, and a project car goes for four times its estimate totaling £393,500

Spa Classic Sale saw the legendary Ferrari 'Daytona' sell for £384,178, and at almost double its estimate, a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon sold for £285,791

This weekend Bonhams auctioneers conducted impressive sales as both Aston Martin Works and the Spa Classic Sale went under way, reaching a combined total of over £11 million.

On Saturday 17th, Bonhams 15th annual auction at the Aston Martin Works sold over one hundred lots of collectable automobilia alongside almost 50 motor cars, the largest number Bonhams have ever had at the Aston Martin sale.

The top lot, a very rare DB6 Mark 2 Volante sold at £757,500. An unsurprisingly popular model from the marque, the Volante sold is one of only 21 examples built.

The famed 1970 Aston Martin DBS which starred in the hit British television series 'The Persuaders!' held pride of place at the front of the saleroom (in reality, Aston Martin Works servicing facility), attracting immense interest from fans of the show and Aston Martin enthusiasts alike, realising £533,500 and establishing a new world record for an Aston Martin DBS sold at auction.

Meanwhile, lot 216, the factory Vantage prototype 'DP217' 1963 Aston Martin DB5 project exceeded all expectations. Selling for £393,500 – over four times its highest estimate – as the gavel came down the closing bid was met with applause from the room.

Within half an hour of the auction concluding, James Knight, auctioneer for both sales, then dashed to London Heathrow to catch the last flight to Brussels in order to be on duty for the following day's auction.

The overseas dash was well worth the trip, as the Spa Classic Sale saw the weekends success continue with the top lot, a 1976/1983 Ferrari 308GTB Group B Michelotto, selling for €609,500 (£496,620).

The Ferrari 308GTB chassis number '18869' was the first of four Group B cars built by Michelotto from a total of 15 combined Group B and Group 4 cars that the company modified in period. It was completed in February 1983 for the Pro Motor Sport team in Italy, and subsequently won many Italian national racing events including the Valli Imperiesi Rally and the Sciacca Terme, Mari e Monti, 12 Hours of Campobello, Neborid and Proserpina events as well as the Spanish Championship, and became Italian national vice-champion.

Meanwhile at the sale, at almost double its estimate, the Aston Martin frenzy continued its theme with a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon selling for €350,750 (£285,791) in the room to a gentleman who had also been at the Aston sale the day before. The gavel also fell for a 1965 Austin-Healey 100M 'Le Mans' Roadster, selling for €149,500 (£121,812).

Elsewhere a patient phone bidder won out for a 1973 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta. At the time of introduction, the 'Daytona' model was the most expensive production Ferrari ever and, with a top speed in excess of 170mph, was also the world's fastest production car. Competition for the car was intense, finally achieving €471,500 (£384,178).

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: "A fantastic weekend of motoring success for us here at Bonhams. We're delighted to have received so many clients at both of our sales, with bidding totaling at £11 million for the weekend. We're blessed with having fully operational motoring and support departments in North America, Continental Europe and here in the UK.

"Only Bonhams could handle such a challenging schedule and deliver the right results. June promises to be just as busy for the Bonhams Motoring Group with four auctions over five weeks - 1 June, Greenwich, Connecticut; 7 June, Oxford; 13-14 June, The Banfield Collection in Kent; and 27 June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed."


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