Bonhams held its Beaulieu Autojumble auction on 10 September 2011 at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire, UK, resulting in total sales of £2.8 million with 93% sold by lot and 92% sold by value.
Bonhams reported that British buyers had to feverishly compete with a contingent of Continental and Inter-Continental bidders, with no less than sixty motor cars and motorcycles going to overseas clients including the US, New Zealand and a number of Middle Eastern countries.
The top lot of the Bonhams Beaulieu Autojumble 2011 auction was a barn discovery 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Sports Saloon that sold for £165,500, over double the pre-sale estimate of £40,000 – 50,000. The lot received an overwhelming amount of interest, with ten telephone lines, six absentee bids and twelve bidders in the room, most of whom were still bidding over the top estimate.
Further sale highlights included a 1926 OM type 665S Tourer that sold for £106,000, against a pre-sale estimate of £40,000 – 50,000. A rare 1913 Isotta-Franchini 14-18hp Type FC Tourer, which had been in the same family ownership since new, sold for £78,500 – once again over double the presale estimate (£20,000 – 30,000).
The Meldonfoot collection, a collection of thirteen motorcars, which was largely shaped by the owner’s appreciation for the mechanical genius of Henry Ford sold for a premium inclusive £260,000. This included a 1904 Cadillac Model B 8.5 hp Rear-Entrance Tonneau that sold for £62,000 and a very early 1910 Ford Model T Tourer that sold for £26,000.
The Motorcycle section of the Bonhams Beaulieu Autojumble 2011 was also strong, with all but one motorcycle sold. Highlights included an un-restored 1937 Brough Superior SS80 that had been in the current ownership for 38 years sold for £35,400 and a 1937 499cc Rudge Special, which had appeared in the Guinness World Book of Records as ridden by a member of the world’s oldest despatch riders display team sold for £14,950.
The next stop for the Bonhams Motoring department is this weekend’s auction at the Goodwood Revival Meeting on the 16th September 2011. For more information, visit www.bonhams.com/cars.