The 1950s were the glory days of GT racing, and no car from that period looms larger than Ferrari’s 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione. The car was so dominant in the Tour de France rally from 1956 to 1959 that today it is known simply by the initials of that event: the TdF. Today collectors prize these cars for their exquisite lightweight coachwork, advanced racing mechanicals and undeniable significance in Ferrari racing history. Ahead, we look at the features that define this Series III Ferrari TdF to be offered at RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale. –Jake Auerbach RM Sotheby’s: Monaco 12 May | Monaco
RM Sotheby’s upcoming sale in Monaco will offer a bespoke 2018 Lamborghini Huracán built for His Holiness Pope Francis. There are few opportunities to own a vehicle blessed by the pope, let alone a Lamborghini, but it is not the first time RM has sold an Italian sports car bearing Vatican City license plates. Click ahead as we look back on some of the “holy rollers” sold by RM over the years, and take a first look at another vehicle with papal provenance to be offered this fall. –Jake Auerbach RM Sotheby's: Monaco 12 May | Monaco RM Sotheby's: Auburn Fall 30 August–2 September | Auburn
Whether it is a classic Jaguar or the latest Bugatti, an Art Deco Patek Philippe or a highly complicated Audemars Piguet, collectible cars and watches always provide us with the same unique and unforgettable experiences. Finding the perfect example can be a challenge but the RM Sotheby's Monaco auction on 12 May and the Sotheby’s Fine Timepieces sale in London on 17 April are both fabulous opportunities to find your holy grail, or just another fantastic piece to add to your collection. Click ahead to see more. Fine Timepieces 17 April | London RM Monaco 12 May | Monaco
On 18 March, Sotheby’s and Sentient Jet cohosted a preview of highlights from upcoming auctions across multiple categories at RM Sotheby’s Culver City offices. Sotheby’s watches and jewelry specialists were on hand to help guests try on pieces from the spring sales: Important Watches, Fine Jewels and Magnificent Jewels. Over brunch bites and mimosas, guests also admired photographs, including glamorous images from A Beautiful Life, and impressive automobiles by Porsche, Ferrari and more. Click ahead to view images from the afternoon.
With more than ten auctions across six US states and four countries annually, RM Sotheby’s is truly a global auction house. More than $500 million in cars and automobilia sold in 2017, and 2018 is shaping up to be another record-setting year, culminating in the exclusive Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale this October. In this preview, discover what to expect at each selling location and stay tuned as sale results are posted.
There are many names in motor racing history that are immortal, the greatest of the great, the ones who are recognised in the history books for their achievements and marks left well after the checked flags are waved. Ones such as the style and achievements of Tazio Nuvolari, “The Master” Juan Manuel Fangio, and champion Phil Hill, who dominated Formula 1 racing, or the great Sir Stirling Moss, who has been best described as “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship.” But what about the other names? The names that don’t show up in the storied histories, the names where petrol power meets girl power, the names that showed the men a lesson or two? The following six women deserve their place in line for the podium amongst the champions; they were incredibly successful on the tracks, and they reign supreme with their own legacy as history’s greatest drivers.
Why do two similar cars achieve remarkably different results at auction? The variance in valuation can almost always be directly explained through one or more of ten characteristics. Click ahead for the guiding points of automobile connoisseurship, according to Zachary Dillinger, a USPAP-Compliant Automobile Appraiser. Adapted from an article that originally appeared in RM Sotheby’s Shift magazine.
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