Preliminary report: Pray Delahaye boosts RM’s Amelia Auction to $35.1 million

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1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court |RM photo by Darin Schnabel
1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court |RM photo by Darin Schnabel
1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court |RM photo by Darin Schnabel

A preliminary report provided to ClassicCars.com by Hagerty Insurance has RM Auctions sale Saturday at Amelia Island doing $35.1 million in business with a 97 percent sell-through rate.

The overwhelming high-dollar individual sale was $6.6 million for a 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Torpedo Roadster from the estate of Malcolm Pray, who owned the Figoni et Falaschi-bodied car, one of two that exist, for more than 50 years.

A 1958 BMW 507 Series II roadster, also from the Pray Collection, was the second-highest sale at $2.42 million.

A 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster original owned by actress Natalie Wood sold for more than $1.8 million. Also going for seven figures were a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Pinin Farina cabriolet ($1.76 million) and a LeBaron-bodied 1934 Duesenberg Model SJ convertible sedan (more than $1.5 million).

The average sales price at the auction was $398,688.

We’ll have a complete wrap-up on the sale after RM reports its official tally.

Results (preliminary) for RM sale at Amelia Island

Overall Total: $35.1 million

88/91 lots sold: 97% sell-through rate

Average Sale Price: $398,688

Overall Top 10 Sales:

  1. 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Torpedo Roadster sold for $6,600,000
  2. 1958 BMW 507 Roadster sold for $2,420,000
  3. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster sold for $1,842,500
  4. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SII PF Cabriolet sold for $1,760,000
  5. 1934 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Sedan sold for $1,567,500
  6. 1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster sold for $990,000
  7. 1965 Shelby GT350R Coupe sold for $984,500
  8. 1928 Bugatti Type 37A Grand Prix Roadster sold for $962,500
  9. 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Roadster sold for $902,000
  10. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe sold for $781,000
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2013 Overall Results

Total: $26.9 million

81/88 sold: 92% sell-through rate

Average Sale Price: $331,538

 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.