Bonhams enjoys bidding, exposure at inaugural Padua auction

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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL top-seller at auction near Venice, Italy | Bonhams photos

With a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster and a Maserati 3500 GT Spyder drawing the highest prices, Bonhams’ inaugural auction at Padua, Italy, posted more than €3,000,000 ($3.487 million) in sales Saturday.

The sale was part of the Auto e Moto d’Epoca classic car event near Venice.

The 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster was the subject of an intense three-way bidding battle before selling for $1.040,968 (prices include buyer’s fees). The 1960 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder, also subject of a lengthy bidding exchange, sold for $740,689.

3500 GT Spyder sells for $740K

“We saw some fantastic results at the weekend, and are very pleased with our first foray into both Padua and Auto e Moto d’Epoca,” Gregor Wenner, head of the auction, was quoted in a news release. “The auction was extremely well-attended, and we were delighted to be partnering with such a celebrated and widely attended event on the European motoring scene.

“The organizers were fantastic hosts for Bonhams and we were thrilled for the auction to be placed at the very center of the action, allowing us to reach the 115,000 attendees over the course of the weekend.”

Top 10 sales, Bonhams’ Padua 2017

  1. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, $1,040,968
  2. 1960 Maserati 3500 GT Spyder, $740,689
  3. 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Berlinetta, $266,915
  4. 1948 Delahaye 135M cabriolet, $213,532
  5. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220 S cabriolet, $152,141
  6. 1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider, $122,780
  7. 1963 Fiat-Abarth Monomille GT coupe, $120,111
  8. 1970 Porsche 911 T Targa, $113,438
  9. 1973 Porsche 911S 2.4-liter coupe, $113,148
  10. 1973 Jaguar E-type Series 3 V12 roadster, $109,435
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(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

1970 Porsche 911 Targa

Bonhams next auction takes place Friday in England in conjunction with the London to Brighton Run.

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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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