Artcurial sets docket for inaugural Monaco auction

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114 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Série II par Pininfarina © Loïc Kernen (2)

Paris-based Artcurial Motorcars launches its biennial Monaco collector car sale July 2 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, where nearly 25 percent of the 123-vehicle docket will be offered at no reserve.<‘p>
“Monaco 2017 by Artcurial Motorcars will appeal to all collectors/car enthusiasts looking for something special,” managing director Matthieu Lamoure promised in a pre-sale news release. “All the cars discovered by our team, whether race cars, rare examples or popular machines, have a story that we look forward to sharing with you at this Monegasque weekend.”

Those cars include million-dollar Ferraris, a Porsche with racing history and, since this is Monaco, cars with celebrity provenance.

Jean Paul Belmondo owned this Ferrari

“The sale will reflect the personality of the celebrated venue, offering a heady mix of elegance, rarity, celebrity and sport,” Artcurial added in its news release.

Leading the docket are a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT cabriolet Series II Pininfarina and a well-raced 1974 Porsche Carrera RSR 3L, each of them valued at $1.5 million to $1.9 million, and a 1998 Ferrari F355 GTS that formerly was owned by actor Jean Paul Belmondo.

Other celebrity-owned cars include a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SE coupe formerly owned by the King or Jordan and a 1991 Porsche 928 GT formerly owned by French entertainer Johnny Hallyday.

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The docket also includes a 1965 Maserati Mistral 3700 Spyder, a 2009 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport and a 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort.

The full docket is available at the auction website.

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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.