RM Sotheby’s will present ‘Duemila Ruote’ (2000 Wheels) — a selection of automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, boats, bobsleds and automobilia — during a multi-day sale in Milan, Italy, the weekend of 25 November 2016. Coinciding with the Milano AutoClassica held in Milan the same weekend, the multi-day auction will feature more than 750 lots, making it the largest, automotive-themed private collection sale ever staged in Europe. All lots will be offered ‘without reserve’.
For car enthusiasts, the collection’s automobile offering counts over 430 lots and has a focus on performance, featuring a series of rally, race, sports, GT and supercars. Leading the charge is a trio of Ferraris: a matching-numbers 275 GTB/6C Alloy; a Plexiglas-headlight 365 GTB/4 Daytona and an F40. Long hidden from public view, the 275 GTB is one of nine cars originally fitted with alloy bodywork, six carburetors and torque tube.
Alongside the Italian machinery from Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia, the collection also showcases a range of Porsches, Aston Martins, Jaguars, Rolls-Royces and Bentleys, in addition to numerous other luxury and GT cars. Additional highlights include a 2005 Maserati MC12, one of 50 examples and showing 6,000 kilometres on its odometer, along with a 1989 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16V ‘Ufficiale’, a factory works rally car.
“We’re delighted to have been selected to bring this incredible collection to market. The diversity of the lots is especially exciting, from entry-level sports cars to the rarest and most desirable supercars in the world,” said Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “These are cars that buyers today want and are actively hunting for. The fact that so many of them are being exposed to the world again after many years in hiding sets the stage for one of the coolest and most exciting auction events of not only 2016, but in RM’s history.”
Sabatié-Garat added, “The sheer size of the collection means that enthusiasts will be spoilt with variety. If you’re in the market for a Porsche 911, you’re in luck, with some 60 different examples offered without reserve. If a Jaguar E-Type needs to land in your garage, the sale will feature a selection of 21 different examples. The list goes on and encompasses a tremendously diverse range of categories… it’s like an automotive Aladdin’s Cave.”
The motor car offering is complemented by: an assortment of some 150 motorcycles, highlighted by a mix of BMWs, Triumphs and Ducatis of all eras; a selection of 60 boats, including various interesting, historic Italian racing hydroplanes; and some 140 bicycles, including numerous historic ‘Tour de France’ road bikes. Also set to go under the hammer, a selection of bobsleds and automobilia, including porcelain signs, valuable and rare wheels, engines and other parts.
Duemila Ruote follows in the footsteps of a string of European private collection sales presented by RM over the years, including select motor cars of F1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, along with Denmark’s famed Aalholm Automobil Museum.
The sale will be held at Fiera Milano, one of the world’s largest convention and exhibition spaces, in a dedicated hall inside the Milano AutoClassica. Combined, the two events will make Milan the focal point for the collector car community this November.
In advance of the auction, two vehicles from the collection — the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy and the 1989 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16V ‘Ufficiale’ — will be on preview at Auto Moto D’Epoca in Padua, Italy, 20-23 October.
Further information on the sale, including a full list of auction offerings and digital preview catalogue, will be available at www.rmsothebys.com.