Goodwood Revival
9 Sep 2017
Chichester, Goodwood

Bonhams led the charge in a busy week for the motoring auction world, with the Goodwood Revival sale achieving an astonishing £10,731,518 yesterday, 9 September. The collection of the legendary 'Gentleman Jack' Sears was a highlight of the sale, with the ex-Willment Racing Team, ex-Jack Sears 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 (£180,000-220,000) achieving a world-record price of £471,900, more than double its pre-sale estimate. Applause rang out in the saleroom as the hammer fell, and the 7-litre titan of the British Saloon Car Championship found a worthy new home.

The rest of the Sears collection sold rapidly, including the 1948 MG Midget TC Roadster (£18,000-22,000) and the 1996 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth Sports Saloon (£12,000-15,000) which sold for £28,750 and £25,300 respectively. The timeless 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta sold above estimate, achieving £606,300.

Elsewhere, rally and race cars proved popular throughout the sale. The Peter Riley/Tony Ambrose, 1961 Acropolis Rally Class Winner, ex-Rauno Aaltonen, 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I Works Rally Two Seater sold for £236,700 to a bidder in the busy marquee, whilst the ex-Alan Good/Doreen Good, 1935 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Monte Carlo Rally Team Car (£250,000-300,000) sold for well over estimate, selling for £371,100 to a bidder on the telephone.

Fittingly, British marques performed strongly. Highlights include two top lots of the sale; the ex-Georges Fillipinetti 1952 Bentley R-Type Continental which had enjoyed current ownership since 1975, and the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon. Both achieved £561,500. The ex-Lieutenant-Commander Christopher Tomkinson/Darell Berthon 1927 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Sports Two-Seater exceeded its estimate of £250,000-300,000 when it sold for £357,660.
Other highlights included:
• 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 Coupé sold for £287,100
• 2011 Porsche 911 Type 997 GT2 RS Coupé achieved £208,700
• 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster sold for £309,500

The 200-Lot Automobilia section was a great success achieving £576,412 in all with a 87% sell-through rate. In particular, the Donald and Geoffrey Healey collection was immensely popular, with lots ranging from overalls and signed diaries to prototype blueprints and Mille Miglia trophies. Highlights included a painting by Roy Nockolds, 'Austin Healey 'NOJ 391' at Bonneville' which achieved £6,192, the 1951 Mille Miglia 'Franco Mazzotti' silver trophy awarded to Geoffrey Healey which sold for £11,875 and the scratchbuilt 1:8 scale model of an Austin-Healey 100 which realised £4,000.

James Knight, Bonhams Global Motoring Chairman and the auctioneer for the sale, commented: 'Having emerged from our fantastic sale at Beaulieu last week, we have now concluded our Goodwood Sales season on a high. I am delighted with the results across the board. In a busy week for the UK motor auction world it was very pleasing to see our sale lead the way. Our long-standing association with the motoring fraternity enabled us to offer historically important collections and we were honoured to represent the Sears and Healey families. Both collections enjoyed competitive global bidding and sold spectacularly well, thus proving the continued power of provenance in the motoring market.'

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