Bonhams Tops $5.5m at Goodwood


CHICHESTER, SUSSEX, ENGLAND (September 21, 2009) – Bonhams raised over $5.5 million during their sale at the Goodwood Revival on Friday 18 September. As the great and good gathered to celebrate the ‘Golden Era’ of motor sport at what has become one of the world’s most popular race meetings, so the Bonhams tent was filled with spirited bidders keen to go home with some of the exceptional lots on offer, with over 85% of cars sold by lot (81% by value).

It was fitting that the biggest sale of the day was a rare 1966 Aston Martin DBSC Coupe, reputedly test driven by one of the biggest icons of the ‘Golden Era’, Twiggy. This incredible find (the car – one of only two ever made – was kept in storage for many years) achieved $535k.

And it was a good day all-round for Aston Martins, with the other eleven models in the sale achieving 100% sale rate. Another highlight was the successful sale of four cars from an Australian collection: the 1935 Frazer Nash TT Replica, a 1923 Alfa Romeo RLS Tourer, a 1937 SS Jaguar 2½-Litre Sports Saloon SS Jaguar and the 1923 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Tourer which together sold for $520k. Meanwhile, the 1925 Bentley 3/4½-Litre Tourer reached a market-correct $263k.

James Knight, Group Head of Bonhams Motoring Department said, “This was another rewarding sale for the Bonhams motoring department. There is certainly good strength and depth of bidding for most cars and comes on the back of our Beaulieu sale we held the week before. So, over a period of six days, we have offered approaching 200 motor cars and have sold nearly all of them for a sale total of $10m. We look forward to our Reims and Boston sales next week.”

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