On February 6, Artcurial Motorcars returns to Paris for the official Rétromobile Salon auction sale. This top-tier event brings together French and international car collectors and enthusiasts. In 2014, Artcurial Motorcars realised almost $40 million in this sale, selling 85% of the lots offered and establishing seven new world records. In 2015, there will be close to 160 automobiles on offer, with several star lots already announced, including Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda’s Ferrari 275 GTB and the ex-Malcolm Campbell Bugatti Type 43.
Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars, announced: “The 2015 edition of our Rétromobile sale holds some big surprises in store for visitors to the Salon and for our international clientèle. Three years after Roger Vadim’s Ferrari 250 California sold for $6m, we will be presenting, amongst others, his Ferrari 275 GTB! Emotion, excitement and passion will be the key words for this exceptional auction sale!”
Once again, Artcurial will draw connections between the worlds of cinema and the automobile. Following the sale last November of the car from the film Les Valseuses, and a stunning example of the James Bond Aston Martin DB5, the “seventh art” will once again be in the spotlight with the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 “long nose/torque tube” bought new by Roger Vadim, then offered to Jane Fonda. This car has never left France, and is estimated to fetch $3,640,000-$4,300,000.
Another treasure to be offered is the ex Malcolm Campbell 1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport, raced by Campbell in the Essex Six Hours on May 12, 1928, and in the RAC Tourist Trophy on August 18, 1928. Estimate: $2,650,000-$4,000,000.
Over the course of the last two years, the collectors’ car department at Artcurial has grown rapidly, increasing from $40m in 2013 to $66m in 2014. The sales in France have continued to set new records and attract an increasingly international clientèle. Artcurial Motorcars has established a reputation for sourcing cars that are new to the market and for presenting large private collections, creating excitement and attracting collectors.
Details at www.artcurial.com.