Hervé Poulain and Matthieu Lamoure, auctioneers for Artcurial Motorcars, took turns on the rostrum to wield the gavel for this ‘white glove’ sale, with 100% of the 38 lots changing hands for a sale total of $1,445,028. The majority of cars sold for at least double their estimates, with certain models achieving excellent prices:
Prince Rainier’s personal car, the 1983 Mercedes 500 SEC, estimated at $18,369 – $30,615, sold for $144,013
The 1930 Ford A Roadster, (estimate $17,144 – $36,738) sold for $76,659
The 1942 Dodge 4X4 Command Car (estimate $24,492 – $36,738) sold for $68,945
The 1913 Panhard & Levassor X19 Roadster, (estimate $30,615 – $42,861) sold for $99,560
The 1907 Berliet C2 Double-Phaeton, (estimate $24,49 – $36,738) sold for $86,579
H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco asked Artcurial Motorcars to organise this unique sale of reserves from his Motor Car Collection, assembled by his father, Prince Rainier.
A motor car enthusiast, Prince Rainier put together, over a period of more than thirty years, an important collection of classic cars, acquired as opportunities arose or through a personal interest. He assembled and restored some 100 vehicles, a large cross-section of models from the most illustrious European and American marques, which have all, in some way, shaped their era. Owing to a comprehensive reorganisation of the Collection, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and Artcurial Motorcars organised this exceptional sale of reserves from the Collection, on 26 July.
Commenting after the sale, Maitre Hervé Poulain said:
“Matthieu Lamoure achieved a ‘White Glove’ result for his first time on the rostrum.”
Matthieu Lamoure, director of Artcurial Motorcars, added:
“ The Monaco result rounds off an exceptional run of sales this year for Artcurial Motorcars. To date in 2012, our sales have totalled 25 million euros, confirming Artcurial Motorcars’s position as market leader for collectors’ car sales.”
The next Artcurial Motorcars sale is: Automobiles sur les Champs Elysées 4, 11 November at Artcurial, in Paris.