Artcurial exceeds its expectations for Monte Carlo auction

Artcurial exceeds its expectations for Monte Carlo auction

Artcurial’s sale of 11 classic and collector cars last weekend at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo generated $753,234 in sales, twice the pre-auction estimate.

Marie Callas' Mercedes limos sold for nearly $345,000 | Artcurial photos

Marie Callas’ Mercedes limos sold for nearly $345,000 | Artcurial photos

Artcurial’s sale of 11 classic and collector cars last weekend at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo generated $753,234 in sales, twice the pre-auction estimate.

Featured in the sale were a pair of Mercedes-Benz limousines that were used to transport famed soprano Maria Callas for her opera tours of Europe.

Maria Callas in one of her Mercedes limos

Maria Callas in one of her Mercedes limos

A 1971 Mercedes 600 formerly owned and used by the diva sold for $119,200 while a 1966 Mercedes 600 went for $114,588. Prices include buyer’s premium.

“This evening, the bids matched the scale of the Prima Donna’s immense talent,” Matthieu Lamoure, Artcurial’s managing director said in a news release. “A dynamic salesroom, numerous telephone bids and a white-glove result! Monaco is an exceptional playground.”

The top sale of the auction was a 1989 Aston Martin Lagonda that changed ownership for $169,884 and a 1992 Lamborghini Diablo sold for $148,068. Also in the top five was a 1990 Rolls-Royce Corniche III for $83,700.

All 11 lots sold.

Paris-based Artcurial’s next sale is November 11 in its home city.

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