Silverstone reaches top auction results with $20.72 million live-online sale

British company has best results in its history despite remote bidding

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A 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV was the highest-seller | Silverstone Auctions photos

A live-online auction has become the highest-grossing collector car sale in Silverstone Auctions’ history, with total results of £15.8 million ($20.72 million), including auction fees, and a sell-through rate of 76 percent.

The Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction, held July 31-August 1, is being hailed as one of the British company’s most-successful sales despite pandemic restrictions that resulted in a live auctioneer leading the action online with all-remote bidding.

Tipping the auction over the top was the sale of a 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV that went for more than £1.9 million ($2.49 million).  The rare Miura – one of 147 built, one of the final 94 split-sump cars and one of 11 right-hand-drive cars, with just 32,014 documented miles – was the highest-priced car ever sold by Silverstone.

1965 Citroën DS19M Décapotable with Henri Chapron coachwork

“This was our second live online auction and yet another fantastic result achieving a 76 percent sales rate,” Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions managing director, said in a news release.  “It shows that as an auction house we have successfully adapted to the current times and made them work for everyone concerned.”

Other notable results (with fees) include a 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, sold for £337,500 ($443,700); a 1995 Porsche 911 RS, sold for £315,000 ($413,000); a 1998 Porsche 911 Turbo S, sold for £264,375 ($346,775); a 1966 Aston Martin DB6, sold for £240,750 ($315,787); a 1958 AC Ace Bristol, sold for £220,500 ($289,225); a 1965 Citroen DS19M Decapotable (convertible) with coachwork by Henri Chapron, sold for £148,500 ($194,786); and a 1995 Sunseeker Tomahawk speed boat formerly owned by actor Roger Moore, sold for £82,125 ($107,722).

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1998 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo S

Silverstone Auctions’ next sale will be a live event at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham on November 13-15.  For information, visit the auction website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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