Bonhams Paris Sale 2012 – Auction Results

1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT for saleBonhams held its flagship Paris auction on Thursday 2 February 2012 at La Halle Freyssinet in Paris, resulting in total sales of €7,198,038 and a 62% sell-through rate.

Bonhams offered over 100 cars and 35 motorcycles, including three private collections, with top sale going to the 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Coupe that sold for €1,012,000. Another highlight of the 2012 Bonhams Paris auction was the 1935 Delage D8-105S Streamlined Coupe that sold for €322,000 to a telephone bidder. Extremely rare as the sole survivor of its type, it had been fully restored and shown at the renowned Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Another important French car, a 1905 Darracq Flying Fifteen Rear Entrance Tonneau, sold for €178,250.

James Knight, Group Head of Bonhams Motoring Department, commented, “We are very pleased with the sale and I thought the drive through of the motor cars was a welcome spectacle. It was well attended and the bidding was often fierce, not only from the floor but also from the balcony overlooking the auditorium where the cafe and lounge were situated. In particular, we are thrilled to have achieved such an excellent result for the Aston Martin DB4GT.”

The Bonhams Paris sale also saw healthy prices paid for a 1966 AC Shelby Cobra ‘427’ Roadster, at €471,400; while several Bentleys also fared well: a 1929 Bentley 6.5/8-Litre Tourer sold for €615,250; an art deco inspired Petersen Bentley 6.5-Litre ‘Dartmoor’ Coupé, €385,250; and a Petersen Bentley 6.5-Litre R-Type Supercharged Road Racer, €310,500.

Meanwhile a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Coupe, which came from long term ownership and a well respected European collector, realised €241,500; a 1957 Facel Vega FV4 Coupe, one of 36 produced, €155,250; and a 1946 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet, €161,000.

Bonhams Paris Sale 2012 – Top Ten Auction Results

1. 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Coupe – €1,012,000
2. 1929 Bentley 6.5/8-Litre Tourer – €615,250
3. 1966 AC Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster – €471,400
4. Petersen Bentley 6.5-Litre ‘Dartmoor’ Coupe – €385,250
5. 1935 Delage D8-105S Streamlined Coupe – €322,000
6. Petersen Bentley 6.5-Litre R-Type Supercharged Road Racer – €310,500
7. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Coupe – €241,500
8. 1905 Darracq Flying Fifteen Rear Entrance Tonneau – €178,250
9. 1946 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet – €161,000
9. 1956 Talbot-Lago T14 LS Special Coupe – €161,000
10. 1957 Facel Vega FV4 Coupe – €155,250

For complete auction results, visit www.bonhams.com/cars.

[Source: Bonhams]