Bonhams add Mercedes-Benz & Maserati to World auction records

Bonhams add Mercedes-Benz & Maserati to World auction records for: Aston Martin, Austin-Healey, Bentley, Jaguar, Lagonda, Lotus, Rolls-Royce & Talbot-Lago.

When Bonhams sold Fangio's F1 Mercedes-Benz W196 Grand Prix car for £19.6m at Goodwood Festival of Speed last Friday (July 12th), the company achieved a new milestone - world records for no fewer than 10 principal marques.

Bonhams made automotive history at Goodwood on July 12th when its auction of collectors' motor cars realized a staggering £36 million. This result made it the highest grossing motor car auction in Europe. The Sale also achieved World auction marque records for both Mercedes-Benz at £19.6m and Maserati at £4m.

James Knight, Group Motoring Director at Bonhams, comments: "Bonhams enjoys an enviable position as the auction house that holds the most world records for premier motoring marques."

The W196 becomes the most valuable motor vehicle ever sold at auction, beating by some distance the previous record of £10,086,400 set by a Ferrari in 2011.

Bonhams also set a new world record highest price for a Maserati at auction, when a 1955 300S Sports-Racing Spider sold for £4,033,500 at Goodwood last week. The previous record was £2,251,520 set in 2012.

The result means Bonhams now holds the world records for the following marques at auction: Aston Martin (£3,200,000), Austin-Healey (£843,000), Bentley (£5,000,000), Jaguar ($4,955,000/£2,655,000), Lagonda ($1,382,000/£740,000), Lotus ($998,000/£672,000), Maserati (£4,033,500), Mercedes-Benz (£19,601,500), Rolls-Royce (£4,700,000) and Talbot-Lago ($4,847,000/£2,597,000).

The sale took place before a packed audience of more than 1,000 people in the marquee, with bidders from 32 countries around the world taking part.


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

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