1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Walker-LaGrande Convertible Coupe
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Walker-LaGrande Convertible Coupe sold for $4,510,000

The RM Auctions Amelia Island 2013 auction was held Saturday, March 9th at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Amelia Island, Florida, resulting in $26.8 million in total sales and a 92% sell-through rate.

RM gathered more than 85 automobiles for the single-day auction, with the top result of this year’s Amelia Island weekend going to the 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Walker-LaGrande Convertible Coupe that sold for $4,510,000. Designed by J. Herbert Newport with coachwork by Walker-LaGrande, chassis J-530 is one of only three produced and the only supercharged example.

The second highest result was the 1933 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria, which attracted bidding in the room and on the phones, eventually selling for $1,512,500. The price was double the car’s pre-sale estimate and a new marque record for a Stutz sold at auction.

Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Auctions said, “Our Amelia Island auction is always a highlight of our global calendar, and this year’s sale was another incredible success for RM. The results achieved for the Duesenberg and the Stutz in particular illustrate that great cars are continuing to attract great prices at auction. We look forward to continuing the momentum at our upcoming Don Davis and Lake Como sales.”

In addition to the headline Duesenberg and Stutz, other notable results included the matching-numbers 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, chassis 07751 and having been in single ownership for 37 years, that realized $1,375,000 and the 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Berlinetta, chassis 0168ED and one of only six made in period, that found a new home for $1,237,500.

Wrapping up the list of cars achieving million-dollar-plus results at the 2013 RM Auctions Amelia Island sale was the Brass Era 1911 Lozier Model 51 Seven-Passenger Touring that made $1,100,000, more than double its pre-sale estimate.

Further record results included a rare early production 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster, a car restored to the highest standards and boasting a double set of fitted luggage, which garnered a final sales price of $220,000, establishing a new world auction record in the process. The other record-breaking lot was the 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage, also a recipient of a world-class restoration, which achieved $489,500, to equal the highest sum ever paid for a DB6 Vantage at auction.

RM Auctions offered 88 automobiles for sale, with 81 finding a new owner, reflecting a 92% sales rate. Total sales volume was $26,854,600, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was $331,538.

RM Auctions Amelia Island 2013 – Top Ten Auction Results

1. 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe – $4,510,000
2. 1933 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria – $1,512,500
3. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB – $1,375,000
4. 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Berlinetta – $1,237,500
5. 1911 Lozier Model 51 Seven-Passenger Touring – $1,100,000
6. 1930 Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet – $990,000
7. 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra – $836,000
8. 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster – $825,000
9. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster – $792,000
10. 1930 Stutz SV16 Monte Carlo – $550,000

(See RM Auctions Amelia Island 2013 – Complete Results)

RM continues its 2013 auction season with the presentation of the Don Davis Collection, April 27 in Fort Worth, Texas, closely followed by a return to Lake Como, Italy, May 25 for its biennial sale held during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend.

For more information, visit rmauctions.com.

[Source: RM Auctions; photo: Darin Schnabel © 2013 courtesy RM Auctions]