Bonhams made a successful return to Switzerland on Sunday, September 29, with The Bonmont Sale, raising more than $23,435,000 for charity from the sale of the “Supercar Collection” – 25 supercars, hypercars and luxury motor cars.
The star of this collection, an ultra-rare Lamborghini Veneno, was sold for $8,292,4347 — a world record auction price for the marque.
Taking place in the picturesque and exclusive surroundings of the historic 12thcentury abbey at the Bonmont Golf and Country Club, the auction of the Supercar Collection opened the first Bonhams sale to take place in Switzerland for more than 10 years, which realised a total of $36,755,126, with an impressive 86% sales rate.
The sale attracted interest from collectors and enthusiasts from around the world and it was standing room only in the deconsecrated abbey which served as the Bonhams sale room.
Lot 20, the Lamborghini Veneno, was truly the highlight of the sale, with the opening bid of CHF 3 million drawing a collective gasp from the audience. There followed nearly seven nail-biting minutes. With initially six active bidders, it resulted in a two-way bidding battle, with the successful bidder, a private collector, buying the coveted roadster (one of only nine), considered the ‘ultimate’ Lamborghini, for $8,292,4347
Other stand-out performers from The Supercar Collection, which had a 100% sale rate, included:
2014 Koenigsegg One:1 — One of just six cars produced by the Swedish manufacturer, which had covered just 597 km, which realized $4,606,909.
c.2015 Ferrari – LaFerrari — A 1000 km example of the Formula 1 and GT-inspired model, which achieved $2,188,282.
2011 Aston Martin One-77 — The 35th example of Aston Martin’s flagship carbon fibre and aluminium hypercar produced in a limited run of 77 realized $1,554,832.
c.2010 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 — A 3000 km example of the French produced Veyron, named after racing driver Pierre, achieved $1,312,969.
The Supercar Collection was offered for sale without reserve by the State of Geneva, who are donating the proceeds to charity.
However, the Bonmont Sale was not only a supercar sweep. Over 70 classic and collectors’ cars represented an international rollcall of prestige and performance marques: Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, Maserati, Mercedes-Maybach and Porsche.
Other cars that performed well included:
1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III Coupé — Originally delivered new to Basel, this matching numbers example of Ferrari’s first factory-produced four-seater ‘grand tourer’ sold for $509,639.
2010 Lamborghini Reventon Roadster — The Italian marque’s popularity continued today with this example, one of just 15 produced, achieving $1,957,936.
2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta — complete with Factory Hardtop, realized $967,876.
1993 Porsche 911 Type 964 Turbo S ‘Leichtbau’ Coupé — sold for $1,151,727.
James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Chairman, said: We’re delighted with today’s results. Not only have we raised a considerable sum for charity, we have also established a world record for selling a Lamborghini at auction.
“It has been a busy month for the motoring team with The Bonmont Sale being our fourth auction in as many weeks. Today’s total contributes to this month’s impressive tally of more than £30 million.”
The next Bonhams Motor Car auction will be The Zoute Sale on October 11, 2019.