The Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder sold for $4,455,000.
NEW YORK - RM Auctions and Sotheby's Art of the Automobile sale on November 21st is being regarded by many as one of the greatest vintage and historic motorcar sales in history. The sale included 31 motorcars and achieved $62,797,500 with eleven of these setting world records. A widely diverse group of collectors from across the globe either visited the exhibition or participated in the sale – crossing many collecting categories. During the exhibition between 1,200 and 1,500 visitors walked through our doors each day, which may possibly be record attendance for any exhibition at Sotheby's. In all my years, I have never seen or felt such a sense of excitement at an exhibition. A casual walk through the 10th floor exhibition at any given moment, witnessed gesturing crowds circling around masterpieces like the superbly elegant yet testoterone-fueled 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB "Competition" Berlinetta Speciale with it's gorgeous jewel-like details, or the sublimely beautiful Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder with swelled sculptural body by Carrozzeria Zagato. One of my favorite cars was the record-setting Jaguar E Type Series 1 Roadster, which Enzo Ferrari once referred to as the most beautiful car in the world. One phenomenon that I have never seen in our salerooms were literally hundreds of visitors taking videos and photos of the motorcars.
The Jaguar E Type Series 1 Roadster sold for $467,500.
Many people were asking why there was such an unprecedented level of excitement. The vintage and historic car field is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. Truly great motorcars are objects of art and objects of desire, which evoke emotional responses. This was the original intent of their creators when they were showcased at automobile shows and salons during the period. Some of the creators used forms and shapes, which affect us in an emotional way. Motorcars have different meanings to each of us. They can fill us with excitement and make us smile and some can give you a sense of freedom and adventure.
The 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet sold for $7,150,000.
On the day of the sale, the auction room was packed to capacity and there was a fever pitched excitement in the room. The Room hushed when the 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet by Figoni and Falaschi came across the block, and the hammer dropped at $7,150,000 setting a world Record for the model.
The 1964 Ferrari 250 LM sold for $14,300,000.
The highlight of the sale was the rare 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, which achieved $14,300,000, more than doubling the previous auction record of $6.9 million that a 250 LM brought in 2008. This car is a visually superb work of art in every aspect of its design and sculpture. Like any masterpiece, the Ferrari 250LM affects us on many levels. The lucky driver will hear the indescribable symphony that its V12 engine produces under throttle and have unforgettable visceral sensations and emotions racing down the track. It was truly an honor for me and all of us at Sotheby's to work with the RM team on such a spectacular sale.