The Artcurial Motorcars sale of collectors’ cars and automobilia on Monday 13 June 2011 was the second to be held at the team’s headquarters in the heart of Paris. The cars formed a magnificent display in the private garage of the Hôtel Marcel Dassault on the Champs Elysées.
Maître Poulain, the auctioneer, said that the $7.7m sale confirmed Artcurial – France’s foremost auction house – as a key player in this field, with its department ‘Artcurial Motorcars’ headed by Matthieu Lamoure. “Automobiles sur les Champs/2”, which achieved the record for the spring season of sales in France, demonstrated once again the ability of the Artcurial Motorcars team to offer an exceptional line up of cars that were new to the market. The renowned Jean Serre collection, offered at no reserve, achieved high prices and realised $2.6m. Star of this collection, the 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta Pininfarina, sold for $1.1m and the 1935 Hispano Suiza K6 cabriolet by Letourneur et Marchand changed hands for $653k. The dispersal of this collection paid tribute to a man who, in the aftermath of the war, searched out and preserved some very important cars.
Other highlights included the 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Coupé Ventoux which realized $451k, the stunning 1957 Mercedes 300 SL Roadster which sold for $759k, and the 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage which made a world record price of $409k. The 1969 Lamborghini Miura S sold after the sale for $478k.
The packed saleroom witnessed an unexpected moment of fun with the appearance of the French actor Dany Boon who had entered the Renault 4 prototype from the film “Rien à déclarer” to raise funds for the Fondation de France charity “Chtifons”. In an amusing interlude, the auctioneer Maître Poulain handed over the gavel to Dany Boon who took to his role as auctioneer with aplomb and proceeded to raise $36,000. To benefit the charity further, the car – bought by a gentleman from Lille – will take part in public demonstrations with Dany Boon at the wheel.
Two announcements were made during the sale concerning the fabulous Ferrari motor cars. One concerned the recent discovery of the car with the engine originally belonging to the 275 GTB in the sale. This provides an opportunity for the engines to be swapped, which would give both cars matching numbers! Maître Poulain also announced that the grandson of the original owner of the Ferrari 250 GTE, who was present at the sale, had put in a request to borrow back the car from its future owner to celebrate his forthcoming wedding!
Artcurial Motorcars invites you to join them on 30 October 2011 for the next sale “Automobiles sur les Champs Elysées 3”.