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$18M Alloy Ferrari LWB Cal Spider Competizione Leads RM Sotheby’s Icons Sale


Lot 141 - 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione s/n 1451GT Est. $14,000,000 - $17,000,000 - Sold $17,990,000

Lot 141 - 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione s/n 1451GT Est. $14,000,000 - $17,000,000 - Sold $17,990,000

 

NEW YORK, 6 December 2017

Iconic motor cars from pre-War Classics through today’s most sought-after hypercars drove RM Sotheby’s third Manhattan sale, entitled ICONS, to a $45.5 million total tonight at Sotheby’s York Ave headquarters, with 84 percent of all lots sold. The total was led by 11 individual million-dollar-plus results and saw strong prices for exceptional historic racers and high performance models of the 1990s, 2000s, and today.



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Following a persistent competition between multiple bidders in the room and on the phones lasting nearly ten minutes, the star of the sale, an open-headlight 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione, chassis no. 1451GT sold for a final $17,990,000 to exceed its pre-sale estimate (est. $14/17m). The second of just eight aluminium-bodied California Spiders to come out of the factory, 1451GT secured 5th overall at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans in New Yorker Bob Grossman and the car’s debut at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Truly one of the greatest California Spiders extant, the Classiche Certified Ferrari is highly eligible for concours and vintage racing events the world over. 

“We were thrilled to return to New York where we reaffirmed the city’s place on the RM circuit with this great $45.5 million result,” says Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s. “The ICONS auction attracted many thousands of visitors as both art and car enthusiasts flocked to Sotheby’s Manhattan headquarters to view over 30 iconic automobiles. We saw strong bidding across the sale including from a number of Sotheby’s specialists on the phones competing with clients in the packed room. There was particular excitement around our top lot – the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione which saw four bidders compete for nearly ten minutes sending the final price to $17.99 million.” 

At the other end of the collector car spectrum, all eyes were on the first ever Bugatti Chiron offered at auction over the course of the ICONS exhibition. Nearly impossible to acquire from new and boasting a mind-blowing 1400 hp, the first example ordered for the U.S. market sold for a final $3,772,500 (est. $3.5/4m). The new owner will also be treated to a personalized, once-in-a-lifetime visit of the Bugatti factory in Molsheim, France complete with lunch, a factory tour, and a test drive with a noted test driver.

Additional stand out lots from the ICONS sale include high watermarks in several segments of the market, led by a 1952 Jaguar C-Type, XKC 007 at $5,285,000, the first example to win a race on U.S. soil, at the hands of Phil Hill no less. An exceptional 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, the last complete restoration to leave Rudi & Company’s renowned workshop, also attracted discerning collectors of the staple model, resulting in a final $1,407,500 (est. $1.25/1.5m). The nineties were well represented by a 1990 Lamborghini LM002, one of 60 U.S.-delivery “LM/American” examples, which sold for a final $467,000 (est. $400/500,000), smashing the previous record for the model, and a 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione, one of 400 ‘Giallo Ferrari’ special editions with a mere 6,500 km on the odometer, which achieved $190,400 (est. $175/225,000), setting a new world record for a road-going Delta Integrale at auction.Finally, offered without reserve, the 2000 BMW Z8 originally owned by late visionary Apple Founder Steve Jobs attracted tremendous media attention, eventually selling for a final $329,500 (est. $300/400,000) on the 7th floor at Sotheby’s. Presented in low-mileage, meticulously maintained condition, the Z8 was offered complete with the BMW-branded Motorola Startac cell phone, an original accessory sold with the car.


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Lot

Year Make Model

Chassis #

Estimate

Prive
incl. Buyer’s
Premium

120

1989 Ferrari Testrossa

80908

$250,000 - $325,000

$246,400

121

1960 Volkswagen Deluxe '23-Window' Microbus

686862

$150,000 - $225,000

$207,200

122

1932 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Coupe

144859

$1,000,000 - $1,200,000

$962,000

123

1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon

BC51LC

$1,000,000 - $1,300,000

$1,083,000

124

2000 BMW Z8 ex Steve Jobs

WBAEJ1340YAH
60085

$300,000 - $400,000

$329,500

125

2016 Ferrari F12tdf

219337

$1,100,000 - $1,400,000

$1,105,000

126

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

198.042.75.
00649

$1,250,000 - $1,500,000

$1,407,500

127

1948 Cadillac Series 62 Cabriolet by Saoutchik

486237307

$850,000 - $1,000,000

$857,500

128

1952 Chrysler d'Elegance by Ghia

321953

$900,000 - $1,100,000

$885,000

129

1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione

ZLA831AB000
576428

$175,000 - $225,000

$190,400

130

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

DB5C/1923/L

$2,450,000 - $2,650,000

$2,700,000

131

1952 Jaguar C-Type

XKC 007

$5,500,000 - $7,000,000

$5,285,000

132

1973 De Tomaso Pantera L

THPNNR05756

$125,000 - $175,000

$145,600

133

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

12301

$1,400,000 - $1,700,000

Not Sold

134

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

198.040.
5500593

$1,300,000 - $1,500,000

$1,352,500

135

1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Riviera Town Car

390XH

$500,000 - $700,000

$307,500

136

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II

3009GT

$1,500,000 - $1,800,000

Not Sold

137

2018 Bugatti Chiron

VF9SP3V3XJM
795069

$3,500,000 - $4,000,000

$3,772,500

138

2015 Porsche 918 'Weissach' Spyder

WP0CA2A16FS
800652

$1,700,000 - $1,900,000

$1,732,000

139

1996 Porsche 911 GT2

WP0ZZZ99ZTS
392127

$1,100,000 - $1,400,000

Not Sold

140

1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

08500

$500,000 - $600,000

Not Sold

141

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione

1451GT

$14,000,000 - $17,000,000

$17,990,000

142

2014 Pagani Huayra

ZA9H11UA3ESF
76078

$1,900,000 - $2,300,000

$1,850,000

143

1958 Austin-Healey 100-Six "Goldie"

BN6/2260

$350,000 - $550,000

$179,200

144

2014 Ferrari LaFerrari

204687

$3,250,000 - $3,750,000

Not Sold

145

2004 Porsche Carrera GT

WP0CA29814L
001158

$775,000 - $850,000

Not Sold

146

1990 Ferrari F40

87144

$1,200,000 - $1,400,000

$1,242,500

147

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster

1E 13575

$250,000 - $325,000

$235,200

148

1990 Lamborghini LM002

ZA9LU45A2LLA
12186

$400,000 - $500,000

$467,000

149

1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

ZA9CA05A2KLA
12608

$200,000 - $250,000

$268,800

150

1966 Porsche 911

302596

$250,000 - $300,000

Not Sold

151

1951 Piaggio Ape Calessino

 

$50,000 - $80,000

$45,600