2010 Retromobile Auction Results – Bonhams

Bonhams held its third annual Automobiles d‘Exception à Retromobile sale on January 23, 2010 at the Porte de Versailles in Paris, resulting in sales of 6.3 million euros and a 60% sold rate.

Taking place during the 35th Rétromobile exhibition, Bonhams Automobiles d‘Exception auction garnered an international audience in the room as well as the large bank of telephone bidders. Since the Euro remaining strong against UK Sterling, the Eurozone currencies were generally victorious. However, the United States played a prominent part and a number of cars are now headed for North America.

James Knight, Group Head of Bonhams’ Motoring department commented: “I am pleased that Bonhams have delivered another good sale at Rétromobile. The partnership of both the Bonhams and Rétromobile organisations ensured we can present a world class auction for a world class event. The Lake Maggiore Bugatti was a tremendous result and I am pleased it has gone to a good home where it will be displayed in its present form. By the time the sale finished we had achieved a success rate of over 70%. With any auction there is always selective bidding, and there were one or two disappointments, but demand is very much in evidence for prime examples – whatever age, style and value.”

The headline of the sale was the Bugatti Type 22 that had rested submerged 53 metres below the surface of Lake Maggiore for over 70 years, attracting much pre-sale publicity. A number of telephone bidders sparred against those in the room, with the crusty Bugatti ultimately fetching €260,500 versus pre-sale estimates of €70,000 – €90,000. The winning bidder – a European collector representing the Peter Mullin Collection in California – will show the car in its present condition in his museum, whereas the underbidder had intended to restore the car.

Other notable sales included the 1935 Hispano-Suiza T56 Torpedo at €475,000, the 1929 Mercedes-Benz 630K Coupe-Chauffeur at €398,000, a world-record breaking €398,000 for the 1970 Monteverdi 450SS Hai Berlinetta and a strong €189,000 for the 1971 Citroen DS21 Decapotable, underlining the continued strength of this particular Citroen.

Headline non-sales include 1926-27 1.5-litre supercharged straight-eight Talbot-Darracq, 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, 1931 Avions Voisin C14 ‘Chartre’ and 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I.

Bonhams offered 97 automobiles for sale, with 58 finding a new owner, reflecting a 60% sales rate. Total sales volume was €6,370,773 inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was €109,841.

In 2009, Bonhams offered 86 automobiles for sale, with 61 finding a new owner, reflecting a 71% sales rate. Total sales volume was €11,225,403, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was €184,023.

2010 Retromobile Auction Results – Bonhams

Lot 211 - 1971 Citroën DS21 Décapotable - Sold for €189,000 versus pre-sale estimate of €130,000 - 150,000.
Lot 212 - 1967 Lancia Fulvia Sport 1300 Series 1 Coupé Alloy - Sold for €27,600 versus pre-sale estimate of €25,000 - 35,000.
Lot 220 - 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II Drophead Coupe - Sold for €227,500 versus pre-sale estimate of €200,000 - 250,000
Lot 222 - 1966 Lancia Flaminia Zagato SS - Sold for €89,700 versus pre-sale estimate of €70,000 - 100,000.
Lot 251 - 1970 Monteverdi Hai 450SS Coupé - Sold for €398,000 versus pre-sale estimate of €400,000 - 500,000.
Lot 249 - 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza - Did not sell versus pre-sale estimate of €1,300,000 - 1,600,000.
Lot 221 - 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Coupé Aerodinamico - Did not sell versus pre-sale estimate of €800,000 - 1,000,000.
Lot 252 - 1931 Avions Voisin C14 'Chartre' - Did not sell versus pre-sale estimate of €380,000 - 460,000.
Lot 280 - 1946 Maserati A6G 1500 Coupé - Did not sell versus pre-sale estimate of €600,000 - 800,000.
Lot 250 - 1925 Bugatti Brescia Type 22 Roadster - Sold for €260,500 versus pre-sale estimate of €70,000 - 90,000.
Lot 269 - 1926 Talbot-Darracq 1.5-Litre GP - Did not sell versus pre-sale estimate of €400,000 - 600,000.
Lot 225 - 1935 Hispano-Suiza - Sold for €475,000 versus pre-sale estimate of €450,000 - 600,000.
Lot 261 - 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS - Did not sell versus pre-sale estimate of €550,000 - 650,000.
Lot 264 - 1953 FIAT 8V Coupé - Did not sell versus pre-sale estimate of €530,000 - 650,000.

[Source: Bonhams]

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  1. Well sold for the Lake Maggiore Bugatti. Some interesting non-sales here as well, maybe the reserves were too high for today’s market. There was also a tremendous amount of competition for bidders’ interests on the weekend.

    Cheers

  2. I figured the Lake Bugatti would have sold for considerably more. To have survived at the bottom of a lake for 75 years is exceptional stuff. I would have expected 500 plus for this sort of rare find.

    At least it isn’t going to be restored. To keep it in its current state is an excellent choice and will no doubt earn the car a some serious provenance in years to come.