Bonhams, Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley, California, August 14, 2015
Bonhams had little hope of following up last year’s blockbuster two-day Quail Lodge auction featuring the Maranello Rosso Collection and Ferrari 250 GTO s/n 3851GT. With 105 lots sold in 2014 for a total of $107.5 million (and $38,115,000 of it in a single car, the GTO) it was like trying to follow Bob Hope and Marilyn Monroe at a war zone USO show.
What Bonhams did, though, was almost as remarkable, clicking off a total of $44,285,600, 6.7% better than its Friday total in 2014 of $41,550,100, an increase of just over 42% from the 2013 Quail Lodge auction and 380% over 2012’s $11,663,070.
They did it with little fanfare and headline cars – other than the Ferrari 250 GT Interim Berlinetta s/n 1519GT sold for $8,525,000. Just nine cars sold on hammer bids of over $1 million and five between $500,000 and $1 million. Rather, the result was achieved with a succession of quality, and oftentimes highly unusual, cars like the Veritas Scorpion Cabriolet, the well-used and never-restored Miura s/n 3057 or the highly original BMW 3.0CSL s/n 2275024.