New York, NY – On October 8th, 2012 Bonhams conducted Preserving the Automobile: An Auction at the Simeone Foundation, the first ever auction to promote the concept of preservation of collector cars. The sale, which took place on site and in collaboration with The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, a vintage car museum in Philadelphia, PA, was a resounding success, totaling just under $3.0 million.
Highlights of the sale included:
• The 26,500 mile, 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe, a totally original low mileage car, was the top lot of the sale selling for $357,000.
• Property from a Pennsylvania Collection including 26 Cars realised $700,000. The top lot of this group was the 1915 Packard Model 3-38 Gentleman's Roadster, which realised $219,500.
• The Nathan Clark Collection realised $426,000 and was 100% sold, the top lot being the 1932 Aston Martin 1.5 Litre Le Mans Four Seater at $208,500.
• The Shaffner Collection of Rolls-Royce spares and other automobiles realised $264,000 and was 100% sold.
• du Pont Collection of automobiles, spares and accessories was a third 100% sold collection, and realised over $225,000 - twice its pre-sale high estimate. This collection included a World Record Price for a 1965 Citroen Sahara at $142,500.
The auction brought together local as well as international collectors and car enthusiasts with bidders participating from 20 countries on five continents.
Bonhams goal of this auction was to draw attention to the concept of preserving automobiles as a growing aspect of collecting cars and also to build awareness for the spectacular collection of sports racing cars at The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. In both respects, with interest shown in terms of strong bidding for preserved cars, a very busy saleroom, and an active pre-sale viewing period, the sale event was a success.
"We are delighted with the response to this auction, the first of its kind in the world devoted to predominantly 'preserved' collector cars. We will be back next year and encourage owners of similar cars to begin their discussions with the Bonhams worldwide team now," said Rupert Banner and Evan Ide of Bonhams New York who conceived and organised the sale together with Dr. Frederick Simeone, executive director of the The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.
"We were honoured to be Bonhams' choice for the locale for the first-ever auction of preservation automobiles," said Dr. Fred Simeone, executive director of the Simeone Automotive Museum. "Promoting the conservation of historically significant automobiles is a mission of the museum and this auction brought attention to this important endeavor."
Bonhams next collector car auctions take place on:
January 17, 2013 at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona
February 23, 2013 at the Concours d'Elegance, Boca Raton, Florida
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