1965 Ferrari 275 GTB tops Artcurial auction in Paris

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1965 Ferrari 275 GTB accounts for nearly half of the sales total at inaugural auction | Artcurial Motorcars photo

Artcurial Motorcars’ inaugural Automobile en scene auction held Monday generated $5.5 million in sales, led by a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB from the Jean-Pierre Slavic Collection that sold for $2,162,496, the auction company announced.

The auction was held in the historic Theatre du Rond-Point in Paris.

The top-selling Ferrari was one of 450 produced between 1964 and 1968, and it had been restored by Italian specialist Bonini and offered with Ferrari Classiche certification.

2006 Porsche Carrera GT

The sale included a group of nine Porsches acquired over a decade by collector Eric Coicaud. Of those cars, a 2006 Porsche Carrera GT brought the most money, selling for $720,944.

Another Porsche, a 1980 964 Carrera 4 with turbo bodywork that had been owned by film composer Michel Legrand, sold for $89,414.

“In demanding market conditions, the price of close to 2 million euro achieved for the Ferrari 275 GTB was a pleasing performance,” Artcurial Motorcars managing director Matthieu Lamoure was quoted in the post-sale news release. 

“The car will join the collection of someone with a passion for beautiful machines.”

The car was sold to a European collector; Europeans bought the five highest-priced vehicles sold in the auction.

Movie music composter Michel Legrand owned this 1980 Porsche

Top-5 sales, Artcurial Motorcars Automobile en scene 2019

  1. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, $2,162,496
  2. 2006 Porsche Carrera GT, $720,944
  3. 2011 Porsche 997 Speedster, $329,722
  4. 1996 Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport, $327,040
  5. 1998 Porsche 993 Turbo XLC, $253,680
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(Prices reported include buyer’s fees.)

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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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