RM Auctions will host its inaugural Sporting Classics of Monaco event on 1st May, 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, held during the same weekend as the 7th Grand Prix Historique de Monaco.
“RM’s Monaco debut is setting the bar with its unparalleled selection of motor cars. Collectors’ enthusiasm and interest continues to build, with advance bidder registrations now representing 20 different countries. We’re especially pleased that air travel has resumed, and we look forward to welcoming our esteemed clients to the French Riviera,” said Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe.
RM Auctions assembled 44 lots of memorabilia and 105 cars for the single-day auction, including 25 motor cars offered without reserve. Highlights of the new sale are multiple consignments from the collection of the late John O’Quinn, more than two dozen Rolls-Royce and Bentleys from the collection of German entrepreneur Hans-Günter Zach, as well as 16 Ferraris, spanning 50 years of production.
More than 15 consignments carry estimates that reach the million dollar mark, highlighted by the 1937 BMW 328 MM ‘Buegelfalte’; 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II “Special Town Car”; 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Pininfarina SWB; 1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France; 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta; 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 ‘Birdcage’ and 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Competition Cabriolet.
Also notable is the offering of the world’s largest single-owner collection of Shell Petroliana, the result of some 35 years of collecting by Dutch collector and long-term Shell employee, Mr. Gilles Warning. The collection runs the gamut from porcelain and enamel signs to oil cans and tins, glass pump globes and oil bottles, spanning Shell’s history and global presence with many items displayed in English, Dutch, French and Arabic languages. The offering comprises more than 1,000 different items, which will be sold as a single lot.
A preview of the Sporting Classics of Monaco consignments will be held from 10am – 5pm on Friday, April 30th, followed by the auction on Saturday, May 1st from 1:00pm. Admission to this event requires the purchase of an official auction catalog, available for €70. The catalog admits two and must be presented at the entrance to be granted entry.
For more information, visit www.rmauctions.com/monaco or call RM’s London office on +44 (0) 20 7851 7070. For those unable to attend the event in person, Internet, absentee and telephone bidding options are available, and the auction action will stream live at www.rmauctions.com.