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‘DUEMILA RUOTE’: RM SOTHEBY’S ROUNDS OUT 2016 CALENDAR WITH THRILLING ITALIAN COLLECTION OF HUNDREDS OF AUTOMOBILES, BOATS, MOTORCYCLES, BICYCLES AND MORE—ENTIRELY WITHOUT RESERVE

Duemila Ruote

  • RM Sotheby’s presents ‘Duemila Ruote’ (2000 Wheels)—the largest automotive-themed private collection sale ever staged in Europe
  • Collection comprises an exceptional variety of automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, boats, bobsleds and automobilia
  • Multi-day sale scheduled for weekend of 25 November in Milan, Italy
  • Sale to feature over 430 cars, 150 motorcycles, 60 boats and hundreds of bicycles and automobilia items, all offered without reserve
  • Full lot list and additional sale information to be posted online at www.rmsothebys.com in the coming weeks

 

MILAN (28 September, 2016) – RM Sotheby’s will proudly present ‘Duemila Ruote’ (2000 Wheels)—an astounding selection of automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, boats, bobsleds and automobilia—during a multi-day sale in Milan, Italy, the weekend of 25 November. Coinciding with the Milano AutoClassica—the Classic & Sports Car Show—held in Milan the same weekend, the multi-day auction will feature more than 750 lots, making it the largest, automotive-themed private collection sale ever staged in Europe. All lots will be presented “without reserve”, setting the scene for a very exciting close to RM Sotheby’s 2016 global calendar.

 

For car enthusiasts, the collection’s automobile offering counts over 430 lots and has an almost exclusive focus on performance, featuring a terrific series of rally, race, sports, GT and supercars. Leading the charge is a trio of highly desirable Ferraris: a rare, matching-numbers 275 GTB/6C Alloy; a desirable Plexiglas-headlight 365 GTB/4 Daytona; and an F40. Long hidden from public view, the 275 GTB is one of only nine cars originally fitted with alloy bodywork, six carburetors and torque tube.

 

Alongside the rare Italian machinery from Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia, the collection also showcases a tremendous range of Porsches, Aston Martins, Jaguars, Rolls-Royces and Bentleys, in addition to numerous other luxury and GT cars from blue-chip manufacturers. Additional highlights include a 2005 Maserati MC12, one of only 50 examples and showing just 6,000 kilometres on its odometer, along with a 1989 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16V ‘Ufficiale’, a factory works rally car.

 

“We’re delighted to have been selected to bring this incredible collection to market. The diversity of the lots is especially exciting, from entry-level sports cars to the rarest and most desirable supercars in the world,” says Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “These are cars that buyers today want and are actively hunting for. The fact that so many of them are being exposed to the world again after many years in hiding sets the stage for one of the coolest and most exciting auction events of not only 2016, but in RM’s history.”

 

Sabatié-Garat adds, “The sheer size of the collection means that enthusiasts will be spoilt with variety. If you’re in the market for a Porsche 911, you’re in luck, with some 60 different examples offered without reserve. If a Jaguar E-Type needs to land in your garage, the sale will feature a selection of 21 different examples. The list goes on and encompasses a tremendously diverse range of categories… it’s like an automotive Aladdin’s Cave.”

 

The motor car offering is complemented by: an assortment of some 150 motorcycles, highlighted by a diverse mix of BMWs, Triumphs and Ducatis of all eras; a selection of 60 boats, including various interesting, historic Italian racing hydroplanes; and some 140 bicycles, including numerous historic ‘Tour de France’ road bikes. Also set to go under the hammer, a fascinating selection of bobsleds and automobilia, including porcelain signs, valuable and rare wheels, engines and other highly desirable parts.

 

Duemila Ruote follows in the footsteps of a string of highly successful European private collection sales presented by RM over the years, including select motor cars of F1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, along with Denmark’s famed Aalholm Automobil Museum.

 

The sale will be held at Fiera Milano (www.fieramilano.it), one of the world’s largest convention and exhibition spaces, in a dedicated hall inside the Milano AutoClassica. Combined, the two events will make Milan the focal point for the collector car community this November.

 

In advance of the auction, two vehicles from the collection—the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy and the 1989 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16V ‘Ufficiale’—will be on preview at Auto Moto D’Epoca in Padua, Italy, 20-23 October.

 

Further information on the sale, including a full list of auction offerings and digital preview catalogue, will be available in the coming weeks 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