Historic Ferrari test track site for RM Sotheby’s auction

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1959 250 GT LWB California Spider has high pre-sale estimated value of more than $11 million | RM Sotheby's photo by Darin Schnabel

Promising it will be the “most significant single-marque sale in auction history,” RM Sotheby’s stages its third (or fourth) major auction within a month this Saturday with its Leggenda e Passione all-Ferrari sale at the historic Fiorano test track in Maranello, Italy, where the sports and racing car manufacturer is in the midst of its 70th anniversary celebration.

RM Sotheby’s goes to the sale having sold four of the 10 most-expensive Ferraris offered for public sale, the auction house notes. Among those cars were the 1956 290 MM that sold for $28.05 million in 2015 and the 1967 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider which brought $27.5 million in 2013.

This 1960 250 GT has highest pre-sale estimated value | RM Sotheby’s photo by Ravi Angard

In its history, RM Sotheby’s has sold around 300 Ferraris for more than a million dollars each.

“At RM Sotheby’s we are continually striving to offer our clients an experience that is second to none,” founder and chief executive Rob Myers said in a news release. “Our partnership with Ferrari is a direct reflection of this crowning achievement. For collectors and enthusiasts alike, the sale represents a world-class and singular event, perhaps one of the most significant auctions ever held, in fact.”

“The auction will bring together an exclusive, curated selection of the greatest sports, GT and racing Ferraris ever built, celebrating pivotal moments in the marque’s history and unearthing some of the most valuable and sought-after examples on the planet,” the auction company’s news release added.

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“All entries for the sale will carry certification from the lauded Ferrari Classiche Department.”

The docket for the auction includes more than 40 cars, ranging from a 1950 195 Inter Coupe by Touring to a 2017 LaFerrari Aperta.

Carrying the highest pre-sale estimated values are a 1960 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione valued at €8,500.000 to €10,000.000 ($10.1 million to $11.9 million) and a 1959 250 GT LWB California Spider valued at €7,500.000 to €9,5000.000 ($8.9 million to $11.3 million).

The sale occurs within a five-week run during which RM Sotheby’s has staged sales at Monterey and London and had much of its staff at the Auctions America Auburn Fall sale in northern Indiana, where future Auburn auctions will be staged under the RM Sotheby’s banner.

1950 195 Inter Coupé by Touring | Darin Schnabel
2017 LaFerrari Aperta | RM Sotheby’s photo

Ferrari and RM Sotheby’s also have announced two late additions to the docket.

One is a unique version of the LaFerrari Aperta (below), which will be offered at the auction to raise money for the Save the Children international charity. The car has metallic Rosso Fuoco livery with a metallic Bianco Italian double racing stripe. The interior will be black Alcantara and black carbon fiber with red leather inserts in the seats and red stitching.

The other is the pre-production prototype for the 2013 LaFerrari. The prototype was shown to prospective LaFerrari buyers as they visited the factory to spec their own cars and is being offered for sale for the first time.

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RM Sotheby’s also has announced that the buyer of the only road-going alloy 365 GTB/4 Daytona at the sale will not have to pay the costs of obtaining Ferrari Classiche certification; those fees will be paid by the car’s consignor.

Uniquely liveried LaFerrari Aperta will be sold for charity
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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.

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