Bonhams held its 2010 Les Grandes Marques à Monaco on Friday, April 30th at the Musée des Voitures du Prince in Monaco, resulting in $3.9 million in sales and 67% of the cars sold.
Top sale went to a 1954/56-type 2.5-Litre Maserati 250F Tipo 1 built by Cameron Millar at $422,770, followed by a 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500 Nürburg Cabriolet at $363,810, 1989 Ferrari F40 for $341,700 and the 1938 Welsh rally-winning Jaguar SS 100 that sold for $334,330.
The headline Ferraris – the 1949 Tipo 166/195 Inter Cabriolet and 1966 275 GTB Alloy – did not sell, nor did the ‘barn find’ 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon, 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 or San Remo Rally-winning 1971 Lancia Fulvia HF1600 Group 4 Works Rally Car; high bids were not released.
Philip Kantor, Head of Department Europe commented, “It was encouraging to witness growing interest in pre-war cars in this year’s Monaco sale, while Lancias are clearly proving ever more popular in the current market, with two Aurelias and a rare 1968 Lancia Flaminia Super Sport, formerly the property of Rowan Atkinson, all selling for strong prices.”
Bonhams offered 66 automobiles for sale, with 44 finding a new owner, reflecting a 67% sales rate. Total sales volume was $3,912,029, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was $88,910.
In 2009, Bonhams offered 92 automobiles for sale, with 46 finding a new owner, reflecting a 50% sales rate. Total sales volume was $6,209,906, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was $134,998.