THIS forthcoming Saturday May 14 the prestigious biennial RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction will take place and features an exquisite variety of lots of exceptional value, both monetary and historical. It will hopefully carry on the flames of the 2014 auction which raised an astonishing €41 million in sales. The hotly anticipated 2016 edition will emphasise competition greats and is also beautifully timed to take place alongside the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, making this a truly memorable weekend.
One of the world’s most glamorous auctions, the RM Sotheby’s sale will showcase a pantheon of motoring legend beginning with what is thought to be the only Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider of its kind to be sold in Europe. The last 275 sold by RM Sotheby’s secured an astronomical €24 million and the organisers will be expecting a similar price for the 1968 model up for grabs on Saturday.
The other star of the show will be a Ferrari American Barchetta which actually competed in the 1951 and 1952 Le Mans 24-hour race, and could summon an enormous €9 million bid if the seller’s estimates are met.
Also on the cards and certain to draw the attention of the attending superrich is the world’s only road-legal Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution, which also won the Canadian GT Championship three times. With its six-cylinder engine sparked up with a pair of KKK turbochargers to produce 600hp, the sleek model is expected to fetch just under €3 million.
Classic Porsches will be in high demand as always and RM Sotheby’s won’t disappoint buyers with a wide variety that also includes a 911 Carrera RS (€400,000); a 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring (€600,000); a Carrera GT (€800,000); and a 959 ‘Komfort’ Stage II expected to fetch a cool €1 million.
Among many others on display will be an Alfa Romeo Giulia Tubolare Zagato (€1.1 million); Lamborghini 350 GT (€750,000); Citroen 15CV Roadster (€750,000); Peugeot 205 turbo 16 Evolution I (€700,000); a Mercedes Benz 280 SL (€110,000); and a far more affordable Fiat 500 Mare at roughly €25,000.