On the opening day of its annual Salon Retromobile auction Friday in Paris, Artcurial Motorcars sold a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Touring Berlinetta for $18,977,200, including the buyer’s fee, the third-highest result for a pre-war at auction.
The buyer was identified by the Paris-based auction company as “a private collector from the U.S.”
“This exceptionally beautiful car is the third most expensive pre-war car ever to be sold at auction worldwide,” Artcurial said soon after the sale of the 20th lot of the auction. “It is the highest price by far of any car sold during this week of international collectors’ car sales in Paris.”
Artcurial added the consignor was a Dutch collector sitting in the front row at the auction and that the consignor’s father had purchased the car around 43 years earlier for the equivalent of less than $11,500. The car had remained with the family until being sold Friday.
It is believed the record price at auction for an Alfa Romeo is the $19.8 million paid in 2016 at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale for a 1939 8C 2900B Spider.
Among all pre-war cars, a 1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ roadster sold for $22 million this past summer at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction.