The RM Auctions Amelia Island Concours 2014 sale was held March 8th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island, Florida, resulting in $35,947,500 in total sales and a 97% sell-through rate. The result is a 34% increase over 2013, with bidders from 18 countries and 20% representing new clients for RM.
RM Auctions assembled 91 automobiles for the single-day auction, which again served as a prelude to this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The top result at the 2014 RM Amelia auction went to the 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster offered from a half century of ownership from the Malcolm Pray Collection. One of only two surviving short chassis examples and the only surviving example with its Géo Ham body tag, the Delahaye achieved a world-record $6,600,000 to become the most valuable car ever sold during the Amelia Island weekend auctions.
Additional top lots among the 16 offered from the Pray Collection include the 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster, which garnered a record $2,420,000, and a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series Cabriolet, which also sold at $1,760,000. Joining the Pray Collection at the top of the results was the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, originally owned by Hollywood actress Natalie Wood, that sold for $1,842,500.
“We could not be happier with the results of our 2014 Amelia Island sale,” says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Auctions. “Despite the weather, our fantastic selection of cars and stylish presentation were showered with rave reviews from our international clientele. The Pray Collection certainly achieved the value it deserves, and we’re truly honored to have offered such an incredible group of cars for a family who have been friends of RM for decades.”
“The Pray family is thrilled with RM’s sale of Malcolm’s collection,” adds Philip Richter, family friend and trustee for the Pray Collection. “The tireless efforts of the entire team enabled a result that greatly exceeded all expectations. RM was the natural choice for the Pray Collection because their enthusiasm, professionalism, and attention to detail are traits that so reflect both the business and personal values of Malcolm Pray himself.”
Additional notable sales included a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta which sold for $781,000, along with a 1939 Aston Martin 15/98 Short Chassis Open Sports that sold for $616,000, well above its pre-sale estimate. Further results include a 1974 Iso Grifo 7-Liter and a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 which both achieved auction record prices to sell for $440,000 and $335,500, respectively.
RM Auctions Amelia Island 2014 – Top Ten Auction Results
1. 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster – $6,600,000
2. 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster – $2,420,000
3. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster – $1,842,500
4. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet – $1,760,000
5. 1934 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Sedan – $1,567,500
6. 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra – $990,000
7. 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 R – $984,500
8. 1928 Bugatti Type 37A Grand Prix – $962,500
9. 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Roadster – $902,000
10. 1932 Packard Twin Six Individual Custom Convertible Sedan – $840,000
For complete auction results, visit www.rmauctions.com.
RM Auctions continues its 2014 auction season with the return of its biennial Monaco sale, May 10, during the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend. This year’s sale, held at the Le Sporting on the Côte d’Azur, is set to feature more than 80 motor cars, including a lineup of historic sports and racing examples.
For more information, or to view full results from RM’s Amelia Island sale, visit www.rmauctions.com.
[Source: RM Auctions]