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Bonhams strikes gold in Bond Street auction with 95 percent sales rate

11 Aston Martins among the offerings, with a DB6 Volante topping the results


Bonhams’ first live 2021 collector car auction for its UK motor car team, the Bond Street Sale in London, resulted in 95 percent of the lots being sold for a total of £4,312,048 ($6,087,750), including auction fees.

The top seller was a 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante that went for £425,500 ($600,721), part of a bevy of Aston Martins that were presented at the Bonhams sale.

“This pinnacle of 1960s motoring, one of 140 DB6 Volantes produced, led a pack of 11 Aston Martins, representing more than 50 years of the marque, which all sold successfully, with a 1960 DB4 Series II Sports Saloon selling above its top estimate at £276,000 ($389,657) and a later 1981 V8 Vantage Sports Saloon achieving £129,375 ($182,652), double its pre-sale estimate,” Bonhams said in a news release.

Inside the DB6 Volante

Two other Aston Martins were among the top-10 highest sellers, a 1962 DB4 Series V sports sedan, which reached £230,000 ($324,590), and a 1971 DB6 Mark II Vantage, £218,500 ($308,361) .

Other highlights from the auction, according to Bonhams:

1927 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix

The second-highest sale was for a 1927 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix two-seater which achieved £333,500 ($470,835).

1927 Bentley 3/4 ½ -Liter Speed Model Sports

Also from 1927, a Bentley 3/4 ½ -Liter Speed Model Sports that the auction company called “a pre-war tourer from Bentley’s golden age,” sold for £322,000 ($454,600).   A 1924 Bentley 3-liter Speed model also made it into the top 10, at £207,000 ($292,000).

1961 AC Ace

A rare left-hand-drive 1961 AC Ace 2.6-liter roadster sold for £287,500 ($405,893), while a 1962 Lancia Flaminia Sport 3C 2.5-liter coupe was a top auction seller at £281,700 ($397,704). 

1969 De Tomaso Mangusta coupe

A 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta coupe, one of just 50 single-headlight variants of the Ghia-designed car, sold for £201,250 ($284,125).

All results include auction fees.

Bonhams is conducting its Amelia Island, Florida, auction May 20, with its Fine Motoring Mascot online sale under way and concluding on May 21, and the MPH May Auction taking place in Bicester, UK, on May 22.

For more information, visit the Bonhams Motoring website.

Bob Golfen
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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