The RM Auctions Monaco 2012 sale will be staged 11-12 May at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The two-day, biennial RM Monaco auction is held the same weekend as the Monaco Historic Grand Prix.
RM Auctions has assembled more than 90 automobiles for the 2012 Monaco sale, including one of two 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spiders ever built; a 1966 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyder, offered for the first time in 40 years; 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider; and the Ferrari-engined Hydroplane racing boat, ARNO XI. Also on offer, a pair of Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 sports racing cars; an ex-Fangio 1950 Talbot-Lago T26 GS and the 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I “Honeymoon Express” Two-Seater Drophead Coupe, one of the rarest and most important post-war coach built Rolls-Royces in existence. (See RM Monaco 2012 – Automobile Auction Catalog).
In addition to the automobiles, RM will also offer 100 motorcycles from the acclaimed Saltarelli Ducati Collection, one of the largest private collections of Ducati motorcycles ever to be offered at auction. Spanning the marque’s full history from road to racing machines, the collection was selected over the past 30 years by lifelong enthusiast Carlo Saltarelli, an ex-Ducati factory test rider, racer and owner of a Ducati dealership.
Among a long list of highlights on offer is a series of racing bikes, headlined by a works 1972 Ducati 750SS 200 Miles Imola Racer, otherwise known as the ‘Green Frame,’ built and prepared in 1972 as a reserve bike for the world-famous 200 Miles of Imola race and sister bike to the winning entry that year (Estimate €150,000 – €200,000). Other highlights include a factory-entry 1990 Ducati 888 SBK from the golden era of Ducati racing (Estimate €80,000 – €100,000) and a 1974 Ducati 750SS Racer Number 23, which boasts a strong racing history, having scored a number of victories and podium finishes during the 1974 and 1975 seasons, often in the hands of Carlo Saltarelli himself (Estimate €40,000-€60,000). The Saltarelli bike collection will be offered ‘without reserve’ on the 11th May; its presentation represents RM’s first dedicated single-day, single-vendor sale in Europe.
The bike sale will also see the offering of two Ducati Desmosedici GP machines, a GP10 raced by Casey Stoner and a GP11 raced by Valentino Rossi, presented directly from the Ducati Corse racing department within the Ducati factory in Bologna, Italy. (See RM Monaco 2012 – Motorcycle Auction Catalog).
At the 2010 Monaco auction, RM Auctions offered 105 automobiles for sale, with 90 finding a new owner, reflecting an 86% sales rate. Total sales volume was €32,959,680, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was €366,218.
A preview of the RM Monaco consignments will be held from 10am – 7pm on Thursday, May 10th, followed by the motorcycle auction on Friday, May 11th at 10am and the automobile auction on Saturday, May 12th at 10am. Admission to this event requires the purchase of an official auction catalogue for €100. The catalogue admits two and must be presented at the entrance to the sale to be granted entry.
For more information, visit www.rmauctions.com or contact RM’s London office at +44 20 7851 7070.
RM Auctions Monaco 2012 – Auction Preview
[Source: RM Auctions]