The top result at the Bonhams Greenwich Concours sale went to the 1930 Bugatti Type 43 Supercharged Sports 2/4 Seater that sold for $875,000, followed by a rare 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante, formerly owned by conductor Leonard Bernstein, that changed hands for $825,000. Over 100 motorcars crossed the block, the largest offering to-date, and the day-long sale featured several antique autos of the ‘brass era’ selling for near the quarter million dollar mark. The $5.6 million sales result was the highest in the history of the Bonhams Greenwich sale.
The 1905 Great Arrow 28/32 Five-passenger Roi Des Belges, offered publicly for the first time, and one of the most important surviving examples of the early Pierce Arrows, sold for $243,100. A pale yellow 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer, in single family ownership for most of its life, achieved $233,200 to a telephone bidder, while a bidder present at the auction bought the 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Newmarket All Weather Phaeton, with coachwork by Brewster and Company, for $187,000. A finely preserved 1911 Winton 17b Five-Passenger Touring motorcar also went to a bidder present at the auction for $220,000.
Sports cars also garnered attention at the 2013 Bonhams Greenwich Concours sale with enthusiasts competing for a 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster that made $177,100, the 1967 Jaguar XKE Series 1 Open Two-Seater, finished in the Gunmetal Grey and Red leather interior, that went for $101,200 and the 1963 Corvette “Split Window” Coupe that sold for $88,800 to a bidder in the room, beating out telephone and internet competition.
“The Greenwich Concours and our auction brings together an amazing gathering of the collector motorcars and the car collector community, and we are pleased to contribute to this important event,” said Rupert Banner, V.P. and head of the Bonhams motorcar division east coast. “We thank all the attendees, the event organizers, and our loyal clientele, and certainly look forward to next year.”
A “Victoire” glass mascot by Rene Lalique topped the automobilia portion of the sale, achieving $25,000, with the other nearly 300 lots of mascots, badges, signs and historic photos going to new homes. A circa 1930’s baby pram in the shape of a car, saw competition that drove the price to $3500, far exceeding the $200-300 pre-sale estimates. A strong 93% of the lots were sold during the morning Automobilia session auction.
Bonhams Greenwich Concours 2013 – Top Ten Auction Results
1. 1930 Bugatti Type 43 Supercharged Sports 2/4 Seater – $875,000
2. 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante – $825,000
3. 1905 George N. Pierce “Great Arrow” 28/32 Five-passenger Roi Des Belges – $243,100
4. 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer – $233,200
5. 1911 Winton 17b Five-Passenger Touring Motorcar – $220,000
6. 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Newmarket All-Weather Phaeton – $187,000
7. 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster – $177,100
8. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible – $143,000
9. 1936 Cord 812 Phaeton – $135,300
10. 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster – $126,500
10. 1948 Chrysler New Yorker Town and Country Convertible – $126,500
For complete results, visit Bonhams.com/Greenwich.
For more information about 2013 Bonhams motorcar auctions, including the upcoming Quail Lodge sale in Carmel, California August 15-16th, visit www.bonhams.com/motoring or contact the international motorcar department at (212) 461-6515 on the East Coast, and on the West Coast, (415) 391-4000.