Big brass era collection highlights opening day at Amelia auctions

Big brass era collection highlights opening day at Amelia auctions

Don C. Boulton Collection draws bidders to Bonhams

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The 2019 Amelia Island auctions kicked off  Thursday with Bonhams in its traditional time slot and with Russo and Steele joining the action for the first time, including several high-dollar lots, the Hagerty Insider reported as it began its daily coverage of the sales being held around the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Although only 58 percent of the lots offered Thursday were hammered sold (compared with 87 percent a year ago), the average sales price was $161,901, a hefty boost from the $149,919 figure in 2018. 

Hagerty said the big story Thursday involved the Don C. Boulton Collection of brass era cars, motorcycles and parts on offer at Bonhams. 

Russo and Steele made its debut Thursday on Amelia Island, though it sold only 27 of 91 lots on offer | Larry Printz photo

“For those into esoteric design and the early days of the automobile, it was an enticing group,” Hagerty Insider reported, adding that a 1914 Simplex 50HP “Speedcar” sold for $885,000, adding that “the mostly strong results for the Bouton cars should dispel the notion that nobody is interested in cars from the brass era. ” Hagerty pointed out that “having such a large selection of vehicles (and hard-to-find parts) from this era attracted enough interested, knowledgeable bidders and collectors to bolster the results.”

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Bonhams posted the top two sales of the day, a 1930 Cadillac Series 452 Fleetwood roadster bringing $1,187,500 and a 1968 Repco Brabham-Cosworth BG26 BG26A race car selling for $1,105,000 (prices reported include buyer’s fee).

The top sale at Russo and Steele was for a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL “Gullwing” coupe that sold for $990,000. A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina coupe brought $665,500.

One of the famed Repack Brabham racing cars of the 1960s sold for more than $1.1 million Thursday at Bonhams | Andy Reid photo

Hagerty Insider noted that “things ramp up on Friday” with Gooding & Company (single-day sale) and also RM Sotheby’s (two-day event) beginning their sales and with Russo and Steele continuing.

Amelia Island auctions 2018

2019 results through Thursday

Total sales: $18.8 million

116/199 lots sold, 58 percent sell-through rate

Average sale price: $161,901

2018 results through Thursday

Total sales: $13.2 million

88/101 lots sold, 87 percent sell-through rate

Average sale price: $149,919

Overall top-10 sales

  1. 1930 Cadillac Series 452 Fleetwood roadster, $1,187,500 (Bonhams)
  2. 1968 Repco Brabham-Cosworth BT26 BT26A, $1,105,000 (Bonhams)
  3. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe, $990,000 (Russo and Steele)
  4. 1913 Mercer Type 35J Raceabout roadster, $898,000 (Bonhams)
  5. 1914 Simplex 50HP Speedcar roadster, $885,000 (Bonhams)
  6. 1904 Peerless Type 8 Style K JM Quinby Co. Runabout, $698,000 (Bonhams)
  7. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT coupe, $665,500 (Russo and Steele)
  8. 1998 Ruf 911 Turbo R coupe, $626,500 (Bonhams)
  9. 1904 Thomas Model 22 3-cylinder tonneau, $489,000 (Bonhams)
  10. 1929 Bentley 4 1/2-liter sport tourer Vanden Plas roadster, $472,500 (Bonhams)
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Results by auction company

Bonhams

2019 results

Total sales: $15.4 million

89/108 lots sold, 82 percent sell-through rate

Average sale price: $173,468

  1. 1930 Cadillac Series 452 Fleetwood roadster, $1,187,500
  2.  1968 Repco Brabham-Cosworth BT26 BT26A, $1,105,000
  3. 1913 Mercer Type 35J Raceabout roadster, $898,000
  4. 1914 Simplex 50HP Speedcar roadster, $885,000
  5. 1904 Peerless Type 8 Style K JM Quinby Co. Runabout, $698,000
  6. 1998 Ruf 911 Turbo R coupe, $626,500
  7. 1904 Thomas Model 22 3-cylinder tonneau, $489,000
  8. 1929 Bentley 4 1/2-liter sport tourer Vanden Plas roadster, $472,500
  9. 1908 Welch Model 4-L 50HP touring, $456,000
  10. 1907 Tincher Model H 60HP touring, $423,000

2018 results

Total sales: $13.2 million

88/101 lots sold, 87 percent sell-through rate

Average sale price: $149,919

Russo and Steele

Total sales: $3.3 million

27/91 lots sold, 30 percent sell-through rate

Average sale price: $123,774

  1. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe, $990,000
  2. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT coupe, $665,500
  3. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, $231,000
  4. 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster, $181,500
  5. 2012 Ferrari 458 race car, $134,750
  6. 1997 Porsche 911 Andial coupe, $129,250
  7. 2017 Mercede-Benz G550, $126,500
  8. 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT coupe, $115,500
  9. 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C roadster, $104,500
  10. 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, $91,300

2018 results


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