Bonhams Sells Largest Collection Of Fords In The World

Today, 23 June, Bonhams sold the largest collection of Fords in the world on-site at the Den Hartogh Museum in the Netherlands. The sale was 100% by both lot and value, an astonishing result for a sale comprising more than 300 lots. The sale total was €6,157,353.

The sale attracted interest from across the globe, with more than 500 people registering to bid for their piece of the marque's history. The marathon sale lasted 10 hours and was conducted by four auctioneers.

The ex-William F. Harrah and Imperial Palace Collection 1905 Ford Model B Side Entrance Tonneau inspired the longest bidding exchange of the sale and eventually achieved the world record price of €419,750, more than seven times its estimate.

Another notable highlight of the sale was the 1906 Ford Model K Open Tourer which sold for €345,000 to a buyer in the room after some fierce bidding. A further highlight was the 1903 Ford Model A Open Tourer that doubled its estimate and sold for €143,750.

The variety of lots was staggering, ranging from the elegant 1900's tourers to snowmobiles – the 1930 Ford Model A Snowmobile achieved €87,400. Successful bids throughout the sale came in from countries as far afield as New Zealand and the US.

Rupert Banner, Group Motoring Director and one of the auctioneers for the sale commented: 'We were bowled over by today's result. A 100% sold auction is a rare occurrence, especially one with such a vast quantity of lots. It was a pleasure to be able to find new owners for vehicles that had been treasured for so long. The result shows that the enthusiasm for veteran and vintage vehicles remains strong and that the Ford and Lincoln marques still have a global appeal.

Koen Samson: Recordveiling van grootste collectie Fords in de wereld. Met meer dan 500 geregistreerde internationale bieders en een propvolle veilingzaal heeft de den hartogh collectie een record opbrengst gehaald van ruim 6.157 miljoen. Een historische gebeurtenis en fantastische ervaring om als Nederlandse veilingmeester van Bonhams het spits te mogen afbijten van de recordveiling van grootste collectie Fords in de wereld.

Other highlights included:
1906 Ford Model F 16hp Twin Cylinder Side Entrance Tonneau (€94,300)
1904 Ford Model C 10hp Two/Four Seater Side Entrance Tonneau (€89,700)
1930 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Tourer (€80,500)
1912 Ford Model T Landaulette (€69,000)


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