Marie Callas’ limos among family cars headed to Artcurial’s Monte Carlo auction

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One of two Mercedes-Benz 600 limos being offered at Callas estate auction | Artcurial photos
One of two Mercedes-Benz 600 limos being offered at Callas estate auction | Artcurial photos

Eleven cars from the estate of the Callas family, including a pair of limousines purchased in 1967 by acclaimed opera singer Marie Callas, will be offered for sale July 20 when Artcurial Motorcars stages an auction at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo.

Maria Callas ordered the pair of Mercedes-Benz 600 limos to carry her on European opera tours. The sale, by Paris-based Artcurial, takes the limos back to Monaco, where Callas lived with Aristotle Onassis from 1959-1968.

The 1989 Aston Martin Lagonda
The 1989 Aston Martin Lagonda

Also being offered in the sale are a 1989 Aston Martin Lagonda Series 4, a 1992 Lamborghini Diablo, and a restored 1944 Dodge military Jeep “command car.”

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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.