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LUXURY AND SPEED HIGHLIGHT EXCLUSIVE CLASSIC CAR AUCTION DURING GRAND PRIX HISTORIQUE

Monaco

 

  • World’s largest collector car auction house brings the best of sports, racing, and classic automobiles to Monaco, 14 May, during the Grand Prix Historique weekend
  • RM Sotheby’s exclusive Monaco sale held at the glamorous Le Sporting, home to the principality’s most prestigious events
  • Multi-million euro auction features ultra-rare Riva Ferrari boat, a wild Porsche 911 Art Car, and a Bentley very familiar to the streets of Monaco
  • Complete details available at www.rmsothebys.com

 

LONDON (23 March, 2016) – RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, will bring 100 of the finest available motor cars to Monaco, 14 May, during the 10th annual Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. 

 

Perfectly blending glitz, glamour and high-octane motorsport, the Grand Prix Historique weekend provides a wonderful glimpse into the exciting world of collector cars. The event will see the world’s most discerning collectors and motorsport fanatics descend on Monaco for vintage racing, trackside dinners, legendary night clubs, and of course, classic cars. As an investment in passion, classic cars are a ticket to a hobby filled with camaraderie and thrilling events, including stylish concours d’elegance and historic races, the Grand Prix Historique among them.

 

A highlight of RM Sotheby’s global event calendar, the company’s biennial Monaco sale has quickly become one of Europe’s leading collector car auctions. Held at the glamorous Le Sporting, a venue synonymous with the principality’s most prestigious events, the 2014 sale saw an electric energy that led to an incredible €41 million in total sales. The company’s 2016 event is set to build on this momentum, offering a selection of the world’s most desirable sports and racing cars, along with coachbuilt automobiles from an era when elegance and luxury reigned supreme.

 

Highlights for the May 14 sale are led by a 1951 Ferrari 340 America Barchetta, a car steeped in racing history, having run in the 1951 and 1952 editions of the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race, and eligible for almost any international vintage event, including the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique (Estimated to fetch approximately €9.000.000). For the ultimate Ferrari aficionado looking to stand out in Monaco’s yacht-lined harbour, the RM sale also features an ultra-rare, avant-garde 1990 Riva Ferrari 32, striking in its F1-inspired, signature Ferrari Rosso Corsa red hull and designed to reach speeds of up to 100 kph (Estimate: €180.000 - €220.000).

 

Set to shine in La Salle des Étoiles at Le Sporting, the 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon is no stranger to the winding cliffside streets of Monaco. Appointed with numerous special-order features, the desirable grand tourer is offered from its owner of more than two decades, Monaco’s Wally Yachts founder Luca Bassani Antivari (Estimate: €750.000 - €950.000).

 

RM’s partnership with Sotheby’s has proved highly successful in introducing new audiences to the world of collectors cars. Nothing blends the worlds of fine art and automobiles better than the 1965 Porsche 911 ‘Art Car’; the most celebrated model in Porsche’s illustrious history, wrapped in an eye-popping design by Peter Klasen. The German-born, Paris-based artist was highly influential in the Narrative Figuration art movement born out of 1960s France, which mirrored the American Pop Art movement of the same era. The one-of-a-kind piece was commissioned by its former owners, and placed Klasen in the company of other renowned artists in the Art Car phenomenon, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jeff Koons (Estimate: €200.000 - €300.000).

 

In addition to the motor cars, RM Sotheby’s upcoming Monaco sale will feature a diverse assortment of coveted automobilia. Highlighting this segment of the auction, a Racing Helmet autographed by all 22 Formula One racing champions that were living as of 2007; a unique piece of motorsport history presented in the most famous of all motorsport locations, with proceeds set to benefit charity.

 

Further information on RM Sotheby’s exclusive Monaco auction, including an updated list of entries and event details, is available at www.rmsothebys.com.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more