Bonhams Adds Arizona Auction to 2012 Calendar

1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformable Convertible Sedan, ex-Marlene DietrichBonhams will throw their hat into the Arizona Auction Week ring in 2012, joining RM Auctions, Gooding and Company, Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele and others. The new Bonhams auction will be held January 19th, 2012 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Bonhams announced early consignments for their inaugural Arizona auction, including a fully-restored 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Torpedo Tourer, 1932 Packard Model 904 Custom Convertible Victoria with coachwork by Dietrich and Marlene Dietrich’s former 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformable Convertible Sedan. The Phantom I was a gift to Dietrich by director Josef von Sternberg of Paramount Studios in likely tribute to her role as Lola Lola in the classic German/English film Der Blaue Engel. Von Sternberg also collaborated with Dietrich in the movie Morocco, in which this very car is featured.

Malcolm Barber, Bonhams CEO, comments on the new auction, “The new Scottsdale sale will be a worthy and welcome addition to our worldwide portfolio of blue ribbonand sales an appropriate addition to our annual offerings and one that has been requested andand has been much anticipated by international collectors for quite some time. It is a pleasure indeed to make this anticipated announcement and we look forward to working with the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.”

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