Held during the same weekend as the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, the two-day RM Auctions Monaco 2012 sale presented a collection of more than 90 automobiles, 100 Ducati motorcycles and three boats. As many as ten motor cars achieved individual prices exceeding €1 million, with four lots surpassing €2 million. In addition, the sale boasted several new records for a number of specific cars and motorcycles sold at a public sale. Bidders hailed from 33 countries around the world, including as far away as China, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates.
“Monaco 2012 has been a fantastic success. With in excess of 33.5 million sold, this sale rates as one of Europe’s highest grossing collector car sales of all time and most certainly the highest grossing collector car auction in Europe this year. Once again, RM has proved itself to be the preeminent force in the collector car auction scene,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe.
Top sale went to the 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider at €5,040,000, followed by the 1966 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyder that brought €2,520,000 and the 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder ‘Tuboscocca’ that also made €2,520,000. The Ferrari 625 TRC Scaglietti Spider, chassis 0680 MDTR, was offered for sale the first time in 30 years, while the 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder ‘Tuboscocca’, chassis 0192 ET, was one of only 12 Vignale Spyders produced.
Other Ferrari highlights included the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder, chassis 14415, one of only 18 European-specification, LHD examples for €1,008,000; the Ferrari F1-2000 Racing Car, chassis 204,raced by Michael Schumacher on his way to the 2000 Driver’s Championship for €806,400; and, the 1953 Timossi-Ferrari ‘Arno XI’ Racing Hydroplane for €868.000, a record for a Hydroplane sold at auction.
In addition to the Ferraris, Alfa Romeos performed well at RM’s Monaco sale with two highly coveted Tipo 33 sports racing cars selling for record prices. The 1969 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 Sports Racer, chassis 105 800 23, built and raced by Autodelta, surpassed its pre-sale estimate selling for an record sum of €1,232,000. The ex-Nino Vaccarella, Teodoro Zeccoli 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 ‘Daytona’, chassis 75033.029, achieved a strong €1,008,000.
Another highlight was the 2007 Peugeot 908 V-12 HDi FAP Le Mans Racing Car with its diesel engine which took the car to several victories in the 2007 season. Offered directly from the Peugeot family, it achieved €1,680,000, the highest price ever paid for a Peugeot at auction.
RM Auctions Monaco 2012 – Top Ten Auction Results (Inclusive of 12% buyer’s premium for automobiles).
1. 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider – €5,040,000
2. 1966 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyder – €2,520,000
3. 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder ‘Tuboscocca’ – €2,520,000
4. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A – €2,324,000
5. 2007 Peugeot 908 V-12 HDi FAP Le Mans Racing Car – €1,680,000
6. 2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione – €1,338,400
7. 1969 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 Sports Racer – €1,232,000
8. 1948 Ferrari 166 Inter Spyder Corsa – €1,010,000
9. 1968 Alfa Romeo T33/2 ‘Daytona’ – €1,008,000
10. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder – €1,008,000
As a prelude to the automobile offering, RM hosted its first full-day motorcycle sale on 11 May which celebrated the Ducati brand and featured the Carlo Saltarelli Collection. The 96 lots represented a cross section of Ducati’s history, headlined by the 1972 Ducati 750 Imola 200 Corsa Replica for €70,200.
For Ducati enthusiasts, the sale also featured an opportunity to purchase two factory Desmosedici GP machines, which set new, all-time world records for Ducati motorcycles sold at auction. The race-winning GP10 machine raced by world champion Casey Stoner in the 2010 season, achieved a price of €251,550 while the 2011 season GP11 bike raced by the legendary Valentino Rossi, made €235,200. This was the first time the Factory Ducati Corse racing department had offered such bikes directly to auction.
RM’s next European auction, the Aalholm Automobile Collection featuring 175 vehicles offered ‘without reserve’, will be held 12 August 2012 in Southern Denmark, followed by RM’s UK sale at Battersea Evolution in central London, 31 October.
For additional information, visit www.rmauctions.com or call +44 20 7851 7070.
[Source: RM Auctions]