25-vehicle supercar collection set for Bonhams Swiss sale

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Supercars from Lamborghini, Koenigsegg, McLaren and Bugatti are among those going up for auction in Switzerland | Bonhams photos

Bonhams will conduct an auction September 29 at a Swiss chateau of a single collection of 25 “supercars, hypercars and luxury motor cars,” and all on offer without reserve, the auction company has announced.

Bonhams said it expects the sale to generate more than $13.5 million.

The sale will take place at a 12th century abbey and chateau overlooking Lake Geneva at what is now the Bonmont Golf & Country Club, “a spectacular backdrop for the sale of such a superb array of high performance and prestige motor cars.”

Lamborghini Veneno is one of only nine produced

The docket includes:

A 1-of-9 Lamborghini Veneno roadster produced to celebrate the Italian sports car company’s 50th anniversary. The car, in white and cream, has been driven only 325 kilometers and is expected to sell for as much as $5.6 million.

A Ferrari La Ferrari driven only 1,000 kilometers and valued at as much as $2.8 million.

A 2014 Koenigsegg One:1, a 1-of-6 Swedish supercar described as “the world’s first mega car, producing more than one megawatt of power.”  Valued at as much as $2.25 million, this example has been driven only 597 kilometers.

A McLaren P1, one of 375 of the hybrid supercars and driven only 1,000 kilometers.

An Aston Martin One 77, the 35th of the 77 produced between 2009 and 2012 and capable of 220 mph.A Bugatti Veyron 16.4 in Atlantic Blue and driven little more than 3,000 miles.

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2014 Koenigsegg One:1, a 1-of-6 Swedish supercar
2014 Koenigsegg One:1, a 1-of-6 Swedish supercar

 The collection is being offered for sale by the State of Geneva, to be sold without reserve, and the sale will be conducted by Mr. Mauro Contessotto, State Auctioneer for the Geneva State. Also offered at the sale will be jewelry, watches and Chinese, modern and contemporary art.

Several websites have reported that the cars were confiscated from the ownership of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, son of the dictator of the African state of Equatorial Guinea, after he was found guilty of money laundering and other violations in two countries.

 

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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.

3 COMMENTS

  1. So, who exactly had their toys confiscated, why, and how did the State of Geneva get them.
    There’s a story here…

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