Media Release


FROM 1896 TO 1986—NEARLY A CENTURY OF AUTOMOBILE HISTORY TO BE OFFERED IN UNIQUE AALHOLM COLLECTION SALE

Aalholm Automobile Collection

• Excitement building as RM Auctions offers the Aalholm Automobil Museum Collection “without reserve”, 12 August 2012 in Southern Denmark
• Eclectic Danish collection of 175 vehicles offers collectors a century of automobile history
• Be it two, three or four wheels, wings or rail-rolling stock, the Aalholm Collection has it all
• Digital catalogue now online at rmauctions.com


LONDON (11 July, 2012) – Collectors from around the world are excitedly requesting catalogues to see in detail some of the diverse and highly-prized lots that will go under the hammer during RM Auctions highly anticipated Aalholm “without reserve” auction, 12 August in Southern Denmark.

Representing nearly a century of automobile manufacturing supplemented by some fascinating lots, including a Wright Brothers Replica Plane, a 1890s Danish Royal Train Carriage and a rare, highly-prized toy train set, the single-day sale of the Aalholm Automobil Museum is generating unprecedented interest from around the world. At one time, a significant and well-known attraction on the southern Danish island of Lolland, the Aalholm Automobil Museum, which had delighted visitors with its diverse and rare collection of cars from 1964 until 2007, is now available to be purchased in a once-in-a-lifetime, no reserve auction.

Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe says, “The original brainchild of Baron J.O. Raben-Levetzau, this collection is notable for the sheer breadth of its diversity. There is truly something for everyone who would like to secure a piece of Aalholm history, with some spectacular star cars as well as numerous lots accessible to collectors on smaller budgets.”

The collection is notable for a number of very early brass-era veteran cars from the late-1800s and early-1900s, with several of the cars eligible for the world-famous London to Brighton veteran car run in England. The sale features an exceptional roster of pre-1905 vehicles, including a very early 1896 Léon Bollée Voiturette, a 1899 De Dion-Bouton Tricycle, a 1900 De Dion-Bouton Four-Seat Vis-à-Vis and a 1900 Decauville Roadster. Also on offer, a 1902 Lacroix de Laville La Nef Tricycle, a 1902 Rambler Model C Runabout, a 1902 Holsman High-Wheel Runabout, along with a Renault 10CV Limousine and a Ford Model A Runabout dating back to 1903, and a 1904 Delahaye Surrey-Top Tourer.

Representing motoring almost a century later, the sale will lift the hammer on a 1986 Jaguar XJ-6 Saloon, which was purchased new by Queen Ingrid of Denmark (1910–2000). A car which will undoubtedly be of strong interest to Danish collectors, it is accompanied by documentation of its royal provenance. Another more recent offering from the collection is a 1985 Ferrari Testarossa, an iconic supercar of the 1980s, showing just 12,700 kilometres on its 4,943 cc flat-twelve engine. This Rosso red Ferrari is yet another car to boast blue-blooded heritage, having reportedly been delivered new to a Venetian prince.

Beyond the automobiles, one lot sure to catch the eye of serious collectors is the 1903 Wright Brothers Replica Plane, which although a replica, is thought to have been constructed between 1907 and 1909. The engine fitted is believed to be of the Renault type from the period 1918–1925, and it is possible that the plane might have been flown. The plane is an iconic Aalholm Collection piece, as it was suspended from the ceiling of the main hall until the museum closed.

Another key non-automotive lot on offer is the 1890s Danish Royal Train Carriage. A superb recreation, it consists of several different, grand compartments, one of which is paneled in exquisite, veneered wood from the ceiling to the floor. The seats are clothed in deep, rich, red velour, along with the arm and head rests, while in some areas the walls are covered with grand wallpaper hosting the Danish Royal emblem. The exterior of the train is painted a two-tone cream and navy blue with red coaching. This Danish Royal Carriage would be a magnificent piece in any collection.

Train enthusiasts will also appreciate the 1920s Märklin Train Set. A present to Baron J.O. Raben-Levetzau for his 16th birthday, the train set was originally housed in one of the first-floor rooms in the Aalholm castle. There are seven engines and 58 carriages altogether, including petrol tankers, cranes, timber carriages and passenger carriages, along with approximately 60 meters of track.

Among a long list of highlights, other notable entries for the sale include:

• a 1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost Roi des Belges Tourer, the first car in the collection;
• a much admired 1938 Bugatti 57C Stelvio Drophead Coupe by Gangloff;
• a rare 1931 Bugatti Type 40A Tourer;
• a remarkably original, right-hand drive 1928 Mercedes-Benz Nürnburg Limousine;
• a 1932 Hispano-Suiza HS26 Cabriolet-Victoria;
• a very rare surviving 1938 Maybach Zeppelin DS8 Roadster;
• a 1947 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet; and
• an unrestored 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/E.

For full details on the Aalholm Automobil Collection sale or to view the complete digital catalogue, visit www.rmauctions.com or call RM’s London office at +44 20 7851 7070.

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