The 2008 Bonhams & Butterfields “Quail Lodge, A Sale of Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia” was held Friday, August 15th at the Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel, California.
Bonhams & Butterfields’ 11th annual auction, held in connection with The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering, featured 77 cars, including a 1939 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS that brought $4,847,000 and a 1960 Jaguar E2A Prototype that sold for $4,957,000.
An at-capacity crowd of collectors and motoring aficionados from around the world paid more than $21.7 million for a dazzling and diverse line-up of cars that included extremely rare and historic competition machines from noted private and institutional collections.
Mark Osborne, VP and Director of the US Motoring Department at Bonhams & Butterfields said, “This year’s stellar sale was another great effort put forth by our International Motorcar Department. We’ve proven again today that cars of stellar provenance – the best of the best, continue to attract collector interest. The collector car market is alive and strong.”
Bonhams offered 77 automobiles for sale, and 44 found new owners, reflecting a 57% sales rate. The total automotive sales volume was $20,999,550, inclusive of a 10% buyer’s premium.
Bonhams’ auction included five cars that sold for more than $1 million, including two cars that exceeded the $4 million mark.
Spirited bidding was seen from assembled enthusiasts, sports racing fans and collectors, with international competition via telephones, resulting in the following highlights: