Bonhams will offer the Henrik Frederiksen Collection on Saturday 26 September 2015 at the home of the owner in Denmark. The single-owner sale will feature predominantly pre-war motor cars, including Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Lagonda and Maybach.
“Mr. Frederiksen has spent several decades building this outstanding collection, so it’s a great privilege for Bonhams to have the opportunity to offer these incredibly rare and meticulously maintained motor cars,” said Jakob Greisen, head of Bonhams US Motoring Department. “It’s certainly one of Europe’s most important motoring collections, with several of these outstanding vehicles having received internationally recognized awards at Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este.”
Housed on the grounds of Lyngsbækgaard, a 16th century manor house built for Danish Royalty, the collection offers access to a personal museum of motor cars from pivotal points in early motoring history.
“I think cars are a kind of art,” said Mr. Frederiksen. “I think they’re beautiful. I’ve always bought with the heart and not with the brain, I go with what I like, so no ‘one’ is my favourite. Also, I’ve never sold a car before, so this is a first for me. I’ve used the ex-J.D. Rockefeller Bentley and the Cadillac the most, so I’ll be sad to see them go. I’ve been in the motoring world for a long time now, but it’s time for that door to close and a new one to open. I like the way Bonhams do things, so it was easy to make that choice.”
“Rarely does one see a single-owner collection that showcases such a broad variety of important brands, and yet still keeps to such a clear, historic theme where manufacturers pursue motoring perfection. It’s truly remarkable,” said Bonhams co-chairman, Malcolm Barber.
Spanning British, European and American motor cars, the collection features some 13 Rolls-Royce, three Mercedes-Benz, three Cadillacs and two Bentleys, in addition to offerings from Lagonda, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Horch, Chrysler, Renault, Citroën, Isotta Fraschini, Ahrens-Fox, Lincoln, Stutz, Packard, Auburn, Pierce Arrow and Alvis.
From a 1905 Woods Electric Queen Victoria Brougham, to a 1974 Citroën DS 23 Pallas, the collection provides a look at the evolution of motoring, including vehicles of considerable rarity, such as Pebble Beach Concours winner, the 1939 Lagonda LG6 Rapide Drophead.
The Frederiksen Collection sale will take place at Lyngsbækgaard Manor, in Mols Bjerge national park, Denmark, on Saturday 26 September 2015.