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Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione

North America’s Preeminent Auction and Restoration Company, RM Auctions Inc. Establishes London Offices to Service European Markets for Vintage Motor Cars

London, England (December 11, 2006) – With the unprecedented success of its record breaking sales and award winning restorations, North American based RM Auctions, Inc. has recently established operations in London to service existing and developing markets in Europe for vintage motor cars.

RM Auctions, Inc. - headquartered in Ontario, Canada - will direct its European operations through its offices on New Bond Street in London, England. The high profile location is a result of its exclusive relationship with international auction house, Sotheby’s. This expansion supports the development of RM’s global initiatives and the extension of sales, acquisitions and restoration services to clients across the Americas and Europe.

RM’s European operations will be directed by managing director Max Girardo, whose international experience with automobile auctions and logistics will enhance RM’s inaugural auction event “Leggenda e Passione” in Maranello, Italy on May 20, 2007 at the legendary Ferrari factory. This historic sale will feature 35 significant vintage Ferrari and Alfa Romeo automobiles including several consignments direct from Ferrari’s historical collection, along with more than 100 lots of treasured original Ferrari memorabilia.

Mike Fairbairn, co-founder of RM Auctions, Inc. remarks, “RM is world renown for its unrivalled knowledge and passion for investment quality automobiles and services. We see the European market as the next inevitable step to bringing RM’s unparalleled expertise and services to international clients.”

Celebrating nearly 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions Inc. and its sister companies are responsible for acquiring, restoring and selling the world’s rarest and most expensive vintage automobiles. In 2006, RM Restorations achieved an unprecedented Triple Crown, when its restorations earned “Best of Show” honors at the world’s top three collector car events. RM’s recent record breaking sales included the Le Mans winning 1962 Ferrari Testa Rossa 330 TRI at $6.5 million, a 1958 Ferrari 412 S at $5.6 million, and a 1964 Cobra Daytona Coupe that sold for $4.4 million.

For additional information on RM Auctions, Inc. and its events, please visit: or call +1 519 352 4575

Alexander Weaver

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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

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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

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David Swig

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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

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United States

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Donnie Gould

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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

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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

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Kurt Forry

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

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

Michael Squire

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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

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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

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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

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United Kingdom

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Pete Fisher

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Shelby Myers

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Tonnie Van der Velden

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