HomeThe MarketRM Sotheby's posts strong $59.8 million in sales at Amelia Island auction

RM Sotheby’s posts strong $59.8 million in sales at Amelia Island auction


1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica tops Amelia Island auction cars at $6.38 million | Andy Reid photos
1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica tops Amelia Island auction cars at $6.38 million | Andy Reid photos

Preliminary results from the RM Sotheby’s auction Saturday at Amelia Island show sales of $59.8 million. Ninety eight of 101 lots sold on the block, led by a 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica cabriolet that brought $6.38 million.

Figures, which were provided by Hagerty, the classic car insurance company and price guide publisher, include buyer’s premium.

The sales total was a substantial increase compared with the 2014 auction, when RM sold 88 of 91 cars, though none for a million dollars or more, for an auction total of $35.9 million. This year, RM sold nine cars for $2 million or more each.

The 2015 sale was the first for RM since it announced its partnership with historic fine-arts auction house Sotheby’s, and continues a strong 2015 season that has included successful auctions earlier this year at Phoenix and Paris.

While a 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 sold for $1.95 million,  nearly $1 million short of its pre-auction estimate at Amelia Island,  a 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB sold for 2.5 times its highest pre-auction estimate of $275,000 .

Electrical fire quickly extinguished
Electrical fire quickly extinguished

Also selling was a car that caught fire while on the block.

“Nothing like an electrical fire to keep the auction interesting,” auctioneer Max Girardo said as RM staff quickly extinguished the smoke emerging from beneath the hood of a 1953 Siata 300 BC Barchetta, which Girardo hammered sold at $235,000.

The RM Sotheby’s auction was the third of  three major sales held in conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and brought the overall sales total to $99.1 million.

Earlier in the week, Hagerty reported Bonhams doing $13.9 million at its inaugural Amelia sale while Gooding & Company posted a preliminary $25.5 million figure at its auction. A two-day Hollywood Wheels auction also was conducted.

Other than multi-million-dollar sales at RM Sotheby’s, only a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 coupe sold at Gooding & Company cracked into the overall top 10 sales at Amelia Island 2015.

Here are the top-10 sales for RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction:

  1. 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet (open headlight) sold for $6,380,000
  2. 1955 Jaguar D-type Roadster sold for $3,740,000
  3. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder sold for $3,300,000
  4. 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540K Cabriolet sold for $3,025,000
  5. 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider sold for $2,420,000
  6. 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Cabriolet sold for $2,337,500
  7. 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Coupe sold for $2,310,000
  8. 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 Coupe sold for $2,145,000
  9. 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Roadster sold for $2,117,500
  10. 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe sold for $1,787,500

RM Sotheby’s next auction is May 2 when it sells the Andrews Collection in Fort Worth, Texas. Its next multiple-consignor auction is May 23 at Villa Erba on Lake Como in Italy.


Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
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.

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