The RM Auctions London 2013 sale was held 8-9 September at Battersea Evolution in London, resulting in £21,710,220 ($34,085,045 USD) in total sales and a 90.3% sell-through rate.
The two-day auction presented more than 130 automobiles, with the top result going to the 1957 Maserati 250S from the Laidlaw Competition Car Collection that realized £2,128,000. Chassis number 2432 is an ex-Carroll Shelby and Jim Hall car and the only 250S originally built with a 2.5-litre engine. Another big seller from the Laidlaw Collection was the 1965 Porsche 904/6 Carrera GTS, which sold for £1,232,000, followed by a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 that brought £1,646,400, a world record price for the model at auction. The headline 1955 Jaguar D-Type failed to sell at the high bid of £4,000,000.
“Our first ever two day sale in London has proved to be a resounding success”, said Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe. “We brought 134 fabulous cars to the market and over 90 percent found happy new owners. To have achieved sales in excess of £21 million is testament to the fact that the market remains very strong and that auctions continue to be the most effective way for collector cars to be bought and sold in a global market.”
The unique 007 Lotus Esprit ‘Submarine Car’, which was used in the underwater sequences of the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for a total of £616,000. The one-off submersible prop was presented in complete condition.
On the first day of the auction, the ‘Ultimate Mercedes-Benz Collection’ went under the hammer with no less than 74 cars on offer. The top-selling car from the collection was the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet B, which achieved £820,000, followed by a 1932 Mercedes-Benz 15/75 HP Mannheim 370 S Sport Roadster which made £770,000, a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing model that sold for £739,200 and the 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster that brought £716,800.
RM Auctions London 2013 – Top Ten Auction Results
1. 1957 Maserati 250S – £2,128,000
2. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 – £1,646,400
3. 1965 Porsche 904/6 Carrera GTS – £1,232,000
4. 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet B – £820,000
5. 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso – £817,600
6. 1932 Mercedes-Benz 15/75 HP Mannheim 370 S Sport Roadster – £770,000
7. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing – £739,200
8. 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster – £716,800
9. James Bond 007 Lotus Esprit ‘Submarine Car’ – £616,000
10. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS Racing – £593,600
RM Auctions rounds out its 2013 auction season with two upcoming North American sales: its annual Hershey, Pennsylvania sale, October 10-11, held during the AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet, followed by the Art of the Automobile, November 21 in Manhattan. Held in association with Sotheby’s, Art of the Automobile is an exhibition and sale celebrating the motor car and its place in the history of design. Featuring approximately 30 automobiles from around the world, the auction will be held at Sotheby’s global headquarters in New York and represents the first time a major collector car auction has been held in Manhattan in over a decade.
RM’s next scheduled European sale will be held in Paris, France, February 5, 2014 during the Retromobile show week. For additional information, visit rmauctions.com.
Prices are listed in GBP and inclusive of 12% buyer’s premium for automobiles and 17% for motorcycles. Exchange rate used: 1 GBP = 1.57 USD
[Source: RM Auctions]