The Bonhams Paris Auction 2015 was held Thursday 5th February at the Grand Palais in Paris during Retromobile Week. The auction attracted buyers from the Middle East, Far East, North and South America, Australasia competing against the European market.
The top result at the Bonhams Paris 2015 auction went to the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible that sold to an auction room bidder for €1,897,500 (£1,430,715). Only 39 DB5 convertibles were manufactured in left-hand drive. Elsewhere, the ex-Amschel Rothschild 1966 AC Cobra 289 ‘Mark II’ Roadster was the runaway sale of the day, selling to a British bidder in the room for an above estimate price of €937,250 (£707,686).
The 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C-1750 Grand Sport was also subject to some spirited bidding. Having once been driven by arguably one of the most famous racing Russians – exiled Russian Imperial Guardsman, Boris Ivanowski – the 6C finally sold to a European bidder in the room for €1,184,500 (£893,113).
Jacque Gérin’s radical 1922 Gerin Aérodyne Saloon Prototype was an unusual addition to the Bonhams sale; it was discovered three years ago after a lengthy 15-year search, appearing at public auction for the first time at Bonhams’ 2015 Paris sale. The Gerin sold to an in the room bidder for €184,000 (£138,736).
In the early veteran field, a London to Brighton-eligible 1904 Panhard-Levassor Four-cylinder 35hp Sports Two-Seater realised €747,500 (£563,615).
Philip Kantor, Head of the Continental European Motoring Department, said, “The Sale has attracted international attention, and surpassed all previous auction totals for our Paris auctions.”
Bonhams Grand Palais Paris 2015 – Top Ten Auction Results
1. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible – €1,897,500
2. 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Cabriolet – €1,219,000
3. 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Grand Sport – €1,184,500
4. 1966 AC Cobra 289 – €937,250
5. 1930 Isotta Fraschini 8A SS Cabriolet – €931,500
6. 1960 Maserati 3500 GT Spider – €793,500
7. 1904 Panhard-Levassor Four-cylinder 35hp Sports Two-Seater – €747,500
8. 1990 Ferrari F40 – €724,500
9. 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider Conversion – €649,750
10. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe – €552,000
For complete results, visit Bonhams.com.
James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director added, “The Bonhams motoring group has witnessed a tremendous start to 2015. Our USA division conducted record breaking auctions at Las Vegas and Scottsdale and now the European team have delivered their best ever Paris Sale. The market is in rude health and we look forward to the March Sales at Amelia Island in Florida, the Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale in the UK and the annual Mercedes-Benz Sale in Stuttgart, Germany.”