RM and Sotheby's are celebrating (with champagne, I hope) their New York Art of the Automobile auction, which generated $62,797,500 in just two hours on Thursday, November 21st. Some remarkable prices were generated by a well-heeled audience that included international buyers bidding by telephone.
Three that caught my eye while watching the show live on my computer screen are shown here, beginning with the top money-earner, a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti (above). One of the finest examples of Ferrari’s first mid-engined car, it finished 8th overall and 1st in class at the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona. RM described it as "a time capsule that is being publicly seen and offered for the first time in decades." Sold for a record-breaking $14,300,000.
For sheer beauty it would be difficult to match this 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupé by Carrosserie Figoni et Falaschi. The last of six built in 1936 on the short Type 135 chassis, it was engineered for racing, including a 4-speed manual transmission, outside-mounted rear springs, lowered engine, oil cooler below the radiator, and a race-style fuel tank with dual fillers. The body is unique from the other five, with a slightly different hood and a single row of louvers. It is the only known Type 135 with headlamps faired into the front fenders. Sold for $2,420,000.
A one-of-a-kind, the 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II ‘Supersonic’ by Carrozzeria Ghia is the 15th and last of a series of cars individually created by Ghia to variations on a race-bred Giovanni Savonuzzi design. It is the only one built on an Aston Martin chassis. Originally driven by American GP driver Harry Schell, it has a fascinating history of former owners, including the Vanderbilt family. The powerful Mk II chassis and drivetrain has been completely restored to Aston Martin factory specifications and the body returned to its original Ghia glory. Sold for $2,310,000.
To view all the cars (and some rare automobilia) on sale in this auction, complete with a detailed history of each, click here. I promise an entertaining half hour and it won't cost you a penny. Unless you're sipping champagne.
[Photos: Courtesy RM]