Bonhams

Coverage of Bonhams auctions, including previews, results and reports from the many Bonhams sales across the globe.

Bonhams Paris 2014 – Auction Report

1984 Ferrari 126 C4 M2 Formula 1

Bonhams, Grand Palais, Paris, France, February 6, 2014 Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor There are just a few particularly charismatic places to hold collector car auctions. Worldwide's auction in the Cord Front Drive L29 Assembly Building in Auburn is one. Bonhams at the Grand Palais, site of the early Paris Auto Shows, is another. It is impossible to be unaffected by the … [Read more...]

Ex-Graham Hill Lotus 49B at 2014 Bonhams Goodwood

Ex-Gold Leaf F1 Lotus 49B raced by Graham Hill

A Lotus 49B once piloted by Graham Hill will be offered, for the first at auction, during the 2014 Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale, scheduled for Friday, June 27th at Goodwood House in Chichester, UK. James Knight, Bonhams Motoring Director said, “By every standard, Colin Chapman’s Lotus 49 concept is an absolute landmark in Formula 1 design. It simply raised the bar for every rival manufacturer, and its … [Read more...]

Bonhams Grand Palais Paris 2014 – Auction Results

1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4

The Bonhams Paris Auction 2014 was held Thursday 6th February at the Grand Palais in Paris during Retromobile Week, resulting in €17 million in total sales. The top result at the Bonhams Paris Auction went to the 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta, which achieved a new world auction record for the model when it was sold for €2,225,000 (£1,850,000/$3,000,000). … [Read more...]

Arizona Auction Week 2014 – Summary Report

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series 1 sold for $6,160,000

While there were records set at the Arizona auctions, they were individual benchmarks. The overall auctions’ results, reduced to a combined bottom line for Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele, RM Auctions, Gooding and Bonhams, were modestly better, $245.3 million in 2014 up from $226.2 million in 2013, an 8.4% increase in the sales’ total, but achieved by selling slightly fewer lots, 1,837 in 2014 against 2,029, a … [Read more...]

Bonhams Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Results

1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Berlinetta sold for $3,190,000

The Bonhams Scottsdale 2014 Auction was held January 16th at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, resulting in nearly $25 million in total sales and an 89% sell-through rate. The total for Bonhams' third annual Arizona sale nearly doubled last year’s total and quadrupled that of the first year. The top result at the 2014 Bonhams Scottsdale sale went to the 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Berlinetta … [Read more...]

Ferrari 375 Plus Featured at 2014 Bonhams Goodwood

1954 Ferrari 375 Plus 0384 AM at Mille Miglia (photo: Marcel Massini)

An ex-Scuderia Ferrari 375 Plus will headline the 2014 Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Auction, scheduled for Friday, June 27th at Goodwood House in Chichester, Sussex, UK. Philip Kantor, Bonhams head of motor cars for mainland Europe, said, “We are honoured to have been chosen to sell this wonderful car, which represents a key early stage in the Ferrari racing legend. It is very rare indeed for a Ferrari team … [Read more...]

Bonhams Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Preview

1951 212 Export Touring Berlinetta

The Bonhams Scottsdale 2014 Auction will be held January 16th at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, with more than 100 automobiles on offer at the 3rd annual Bonhams Arizona Auction Week event. Headlining the 2014 Bonhams Arizona sale will be a 1951 212 Export Touring Berlinetta; 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato Spider; 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C; 2010 Ferrari 599XX; 1954 Bentley R-Type … [Read more...]

Headline Consignments at 2014 Bonhams Scottsdale

1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Berlinetta

A 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Berlinetta and 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Supercharged Gran Sport Spider are among the featured offerings at the 2014 Bonhams Scottsdale Auction, scheduled for Thursday, January 16th at the Westin Kierland Resort in Arizona. The 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Berlinetta, chassis number 0088 E, is better known as "The Tailor's Car." It was delivered new to Italian tailor and racing … [Read more...]

Bonhams London 2013 – Auction Results

Ecurie Ecosse Group shot with Transporter

The Bonhams London New Bond Street 2013 Auction was held 1st December at Bonhams’ newly redesigned and refurbished London headquarters, resulting in £16.8 in total sales and an 83% sell-through rate. All eight cars in Dick Skipworth’s collection from the legendary Scottish Ecurie Ecosse team that won two consecutive Le Mans 24-Hour races in 1956 and 1957, sold for record prices. … [Read more...]

Bonhams Simeone Museum 2013 – Auction Results

1934 Aston Martin 1.5-Liter 2/4 Seater

The Bonhams Preserving the Automobile auction was held Monday, October 7th, 2013 at the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, resulting in more than $3.1 million in total sales and an 82% sell-through rate. Bonhams’ forward-thinking auction focusing on original condition automobiles saw a full house at the Simeone Automotive Museum joined by international bidders on the telephones. … [Read more...]

Bonhams Simeone Museum 2013 – Auction Preview

1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage

The Bonhams Preserving the Automobile auction will be held Monday, October 7th, 2013 at the Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. With models representing Aston Martin, Cadillac, Ferrari, Jaguar, Packard, Pierce-Arrow and Rolls-Royce, among others, the 2nd annual Bonhams Simeone Museum sale will consist almost exclusively of cars in original, unrestored condition, with a selection of automobiles from … [Read more...]

Bonhams Goodwood Revival 2013 – Auction Results

1935 Alfa Romeo Tipo C 8C-35

The Bonhams Goodwood Revival Auction 2013 was held Saturday 14th September at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester, UK, resulting in total sales of nearly £14 million and and 82% sell-through rate. Top result at this year's sale went to the ex-Tazio Nuvolari 1935 Alfa Romeo Tipo C 8C-35 that sold for £5,937,500, a new world record for an Alfa Romeo sold at auction. … [Read more...]

Bonhams Quail Lodge 2013 – Auction Report

1924 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix

Bonhams, Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley, California, August 16, 2013 Report and photos (unless noted) by Rick Carey, Auction Editor Quail Lodge (let alone the $29.6 million sale of the Mercedes-Benz W196 at Goodwood in July) is ample evidence that Bonhams has raised its game. They have declined to exist in the shadow of the blockbuster auctions of RM and Gooding while having H&H and Artcurial nip at their heels … [Read more...]

Ecurie Ecosse Collection at 2013 Bonhams London Sale

Ecurie Ecosse Group shot with Transporter

The Dick Skipworth Collection of Ecurie Ecosse competition cars will headline the 2013 Bonhams New Bond Street Auction, scheduled for Sunday 1st December at Bonhams’ newly redesigned and refurbished London headquarters. Scottish businessman and amateur racing driver David Murray founded Ecurie Ecosse in November 1951. … [Read more...]

Bonhams Quail Lodge 2013 – Auction Results

1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter Supercharged Le Mans

The Bonhams Quail Lodge 2013 Auction was held Friday, August 16th on the grounds of the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California, resulting in nearly $33 million in total sales and an 89% sell-through rate. Held in connection with the Quail Motorsport Gathering, the 16th annual Bonhams sale held during Monterey Classic Car Week featured a strong consignment of 90 vehicles. … [Read more...]