February 2016 Auction Highlights

Continuing with our Rétromobile coverage, we have RM Sotheby’s Paris sale. Our top-selling feature car was the 1896 Raynaud for $149,980 while the top sale overall was this 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica LWB Coupe Aerodinamico by Pininfarina for $3,292,050.

Photo - RM Sotheby's

Photo – RM Sotheby’s

All of our other feature cars sold, with the Abarth bringing $131,200, the Créanche $56,240, the Bardon $106,200, and the Vallée $93,700. Click here for more from RM.

The other major sale held in Paris in early February was that of Artcurial. The top sale was the staggering amount of money paid for the Ferrari 335 S: $35,075,200. That puts it #2 (currently) all-time on auction sales. Artcurial claims a record but puts an asterisk on it with something about it being the highest amount paid in Euros. Okay. Other million dollar sales included the Bugatti EB110 Race Car for $1,055,133 and the Ferrari Testarossa Spider for $1,355,870. The Bugatti EB112 failed to sell and a previously-featured Bugatti Brescia brought $400,683.

The five coachbuilt classics we featured all sold, with the Salmson bringing $207,019, the Delahaye $180,307, the Graham-Paige $186,985, the Talbot-Lago $293,834, and the Renault $86,814. Another coachbuilt car is our “most interesting:” this 1952 Delahaye 235 Coupe by Chapron for $333,903.

Photo - Artcurial

Photo – Artcurial

Another coachbuilt feature car, the Georges Irat, sold for $64,109. Rounding it out, the Sizaire-Naudin brought $133,561, the Facel Vega $560,968, and the Citroen half-track $40,068. Click here for full results.

Moving on, Christie’s James Bond sale saw the Aston Martin DB10 bring about $3,500,000. And next up, H&H Classics’ first sale of the year, where this 1959 Triumph TR3A was the top sale at $31,290.

Photo - H&H Classics

Photo – H&H Classics

Our featured Birchall McCoy brought $2,222. Click here for more results. And finally, for this post, we have the first half of Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro sale that saw a bunch of competition cars cross the block. We didn’t get to feature anything from here but this 1964 Ford Falcon FIA race car was the top seller at $93,640. Click here for full results and to see what’s still for sale.

Photo - Silverstone Auctions

Photo – Silverstone Auctions

Aston Martin DB10

2014 Aston Martin DB10

Offered by Christie’s | London, U.K. | February 18, 2016

Photo - Christie's

Photo – Christie’s

Christie’s used to be in the car game, but got out of it shortly after a debacle around an Auto Union race car. So this car is technically being sold as part of an Entertainment Memorabilia sale. Either way, this is an awesome opportunity. Why? Because this particular model of Aston Martin has never been offered to the public before.

The DB10 was the car created for the James Bond movie Spectre. Why didn’t Aston Martin just build it instead of slightly redesigning the DB9? Who knows. The car is officially a concept car – but 10 were built. Eight of those were featured in the movie (probably destroyed to some degree or hacked apart to be a camera car) and two were retained for marketing purposes. This is one of those two cars.

It is powered by a 4.7-liter V8 from the V8 Vantage making 420 horsepower. You aren’t likely to get a chance to buy one of these again. Maybe some day, but it won’t be this special of an occasion. You’ll be the only person with one right now. But it won’t come cheap: the pre-sale estimate is between $1,425,000-$2,140,000. Click here for more info.

Update: Sold about $3,500,000.