Stunning results achieved at luxury car auctions by Artcurial Motorcars, RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams

Against the backdrop of the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco, a celebrated motorsports event that only happens once every two years, a number of important car auctions have been held in the Principality in recent days.  

The first was the Artcurial Motorcars’ presentation and subsequent auction of The W Collection on 9th May at the Fairmont Hotel. This incredible 44-car collection, curated by Swedish connoisseur Staffan Wittmark over many years, was an incredible success, with 100% of the lots selling for a combined €30 million.  

See more: From Stockholm to Monaco: Artcurial Motorcars to auction The W Collection

Among the highlights were two exceptional Ferrari models: a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB, which sold for €5,530,000, and a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California LWB, which commanded €5,186,800. In all, nine cars were sold for more than €1,000,000 each and the sale established five world auction records and one European record. 

Matthieu Lamoure, Director General of Artcurial Motorcars, commented on the event’s achievements: “The total success of this sale is the result of Artcurial Motorcars’ ability to manage the dispersal of entire collections expertly.” 

Bonhams held its auction the following day, on 10th May, at the iconic Villa La Vigie. 

The total sales at ‘Les Grandes Marques à Monaco’ amounted to €5,949,811, with 46 lots sold out of 70. 

The top listing at the Bonhams auction was the 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Coupe, which sold for €931,500, surpassing its estimate. Other notable sales included the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Crown Edition, which sold for €506,000, and the 1958 Porsche 356A T2 Speedster, which went for €327,750. 

The special 2012 smart fortwo from Sir Roger Moore’s personal collection fetched an impressive €31,943 despite an original estimate of €5,000 without reserve. 

Sir Roger Moore’s 2012 smart fortwo sold for almost €32,000 despite its original estimate of just €5,000. Photo by Monaco Life

The Grimaldi Forum hosted two consecutive days of auctions by RM Sotheby’s on 10th and 11th May that featured a full 118 lots, 11 of which were sourced from former Formula 1 driver Jody Scheckter’s private collection.  

Jody Scheckter (left) is pictured at the RM Sotheby’s auction, which was held at the Grimaldi Forum. Photo credit: RM Sotheby’s

Among the biggest sales at this event was a 1979 Ferrari 312 T4, which ultimately sold for a jaw-dropping €7,655,000, and a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti, which went for €3,436,250.  

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