Bonhams boasted of world auction-record prices paid for a 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage sports sedan and a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Pininfarina coupe at its sixth annual Zoute Grand Prix sale Friday on the coast of Belgium.
The auction posted an 82 percent sell-through rate and total sales of €7,930,343 (nearly $9.15 million).
Bonhams noted “lengthy bidding battles” during the sale “taking place between international buyers on the phone, online and in the Bonhams marquee.”
“We are absolutely delighted with this year’s sale results,” Philip Kantor, Bonhams’ head of European motoring, was quoted in a news release. “The Zoute sale is a highlight of the historic motoring scene in Europe, and we are thrilled to have achieved such fantastic results once again.
“The salesroom was crowded with enthusiastic bidders from across the continent, and the prices realized reflect the continued desire for classic and collectors’ motor cars in exemplary condition and underlines the importance of carefully curating a sale.”
The 1962 DB4 Vantage sold for an auction-record €1,212,250 ($1.29 million) to a European bidder in the salesroom, Bonhams said. The 1960 250 GT Pininfarina coupe also brought a record price, €989,000 (nearly $1.14 million), considerably more than its pre-sale estimate, and also to a European buyer in the room.
Among other highlights, a 1973 Citroen DS23 IE Decapotable, one of only four bodied by Chapron, sold for €425,500 ($489,580) and a 1954 Arnolt-Bristol roadster termed “jaw-droppingly beautiful)” brought €391,000 ($449,884).
A 1956 Austin-Healey 100M factory Le Mans roadster sold for €184,000 ($211,710) and the 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow originally owned by boxer Muhammad Ali more than doubled its pre-auction estimate, selling for €132,250 ($152,166).
Top 10 sales, Bonhams’ Zoute Grand Prix 2018
- 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage sports saloon, $1,290,110
- 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Pininfarina coupe, $1,137,943
- 1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Villa d’Este coupe, $529,276
- 1973 Citroen DS23 IE Decapotable, $489,580
- 1936 Bentley 4 1/4-liter cabriolet, $469,732
- 1954 Arnolt-Bristol roadster, $449,884
- 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster 1600, $396,957
- 1958 AC Ace roadster, $370,493
- 2012 Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 coupe, $317,585
- 1948 Fiat-Siata 750, $310,949
(Prices include buyer’s fee.)