The brutally fast 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus led the pack at £10.7 million ($18.2 million USD)
The result for the Ferrari 375-Plus is a World Auction Record for a Ferrari Sports racing car. This is also the third highest price for any car sold at auction
Sale achieved £22.6 million ($38.4 million USD)
Ancient classic: 1902 De Dietrich sold for astounding £998,300
Modern classic: 1975 Lamborghini Countach sells for £953,500
Bonhams' annual Festival of Speed Sale saw spectacular results, with the 'Fearsome Four-Nine' Ferrari 375-Plus battled out between bidders, and the hammer finally falling at £10.7 million ($18.2 million USD). This result for the Ferrari 375-Plus is a World Auction Record for a Ferrari Sports racing car, and is the third highest price for any car sold at auction.
Robert Brooks, Bonhams Co-Chairman, said: "We've had a truly diverse range of spectacular motor cars at our Sale this year, causing great excitement in the sale room for both spectator and bidder alike, and achieving an outstanding result."
"With a total of £22.6 million worth sold in four hours, it's been another fantastic Festival of Speed for Bonhams."
Bonhams and Goodwood racing car historian Doug Nye, said: "This Sale has offered a phenomenal range of really special and important cars with their various classes. Above all, each of the prime cars offered has links with some of the greatest racing drivers of all time. Names like Jim Clark, Graham Hill, John Surtees and so many more. It's always a pleasure to see new owners' delight as the gavel falls. After all, they're winners too."
A 1902 De Dietrich - formerly part of the Michael Banfield Collection (over 1,000 lots from which were sold by Bonhams earlier this summer) - achieved at Goodwood today an astounding £998,300 ($1.7 million USD). Few cars can have come to light as spectacularly as this magnificent veteran, which was discovered during World War Two when a German bomb demolished the stable in which it had been sleeping on blocks since 1912. With just four owners from new, the powerful four-cylinder 4078cc De Dietrich is identical in specification to the works racers built for the 1902 Paris-Vienna challenge.
From ancient to modern, the Bonhams sale supplied all tastes. One of the most iconic sports cars of the 20th Century - a 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 'Periscopio' Coupé - sold for a new world record £953,500 ($1.6 million USD).
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