Bonhams | Automobiles et Automobilia d’exception Le Grand Palais | 7 feb 2019

A wonderful Ferrari duo at Bonhams Automobiles et Automobilia d’exception Le Grand Palais, Paris on 7 feb 2019.

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Les Grandes Marques du monde au Grand Palais
7 feb 2019, parti da 11:30 cet with lot 1.

Bonhams | Catalogue Now Online: The Padua Auction, Padova, Auto e Moto d’Epoca, Italy

The Padua Auction

Important Collectors’ Motor Cars

Padova, Auto e Moto d’Epoca, Italy
28 October 2018


Bonhams | Motorcycles from Paul Newman, Steve Mc Queen, Peter Fonda & Dennis Hopper to be auctioned

Celebrity motorcycles and historical gems gather for inaugural October sale at Barber Motorsports Museum

Los Angeles – 24 September 2018 – Following the recent announcement of Steve McQueen’s Husqvarna motorcycle from the film On Any Sunday, Bonhams auctioneers is delighted to announce the consignment of motorcycles ridden or owned by Paul Newman, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and other celebrities.

As with McQueen’s “Husky”, these motorcycles represent early motocross models and the out-of-doors action sought by these leading men of the silver screen. Featured will be the 1967 CZ 250 – an uncommon Czech motorcycle lauded for its off-road nimbleness – ridden by Paul Newman in the movie Sometimes a Great Notion. Peter Fonda rode a 1968 Bultaco Pursang 250 – a popular go-anywhere dirt bike from Spain – in the opening scene of Easy Rider that will be offered. And Dennis Hopper‘s 1970 Husqvarna 250 Cross, a Swedish make celebrated for its motocross capabilities, is also starring.

Furthermore, two other motorcycles owned by Steve McQueen – in addition to his Husqvarna – will be offered: a highly sought after 1953 Vincent Comet Series C from England and an unusual and attractive Danish 1939 Nimbus Model C Luxus with Sidecar.

And it’s not just celebrity motorcycles that will be the stars in October. Other highlights include rare vintage motorcycles, such as the oldest original Vincent Black Lighting – the “holy grail” of motorcycles and the model that currently holds the world auction record; pedigree racing bikes, such as the Ducati NCR AMA Pro winner; and wonderful classics from American, European and Japanese manufacturers.

Scheduled for Saturday, October 6th at the famous Barber Motorsports Museum near Birmingham, Alabama, Bonhams’ auction of collectors’ motorcycles will be hosted in concert with the annual Barber Vintage Festival.

To register to bid and learn more, visit


Bikes | Bonhams – The Autumn Stafford Sale Motorcycles & Memorabilia

In questi ultimi anni si sta apprezzando, in ambito motociclistico, l’ingresso ufficiale in asta dei mitici veicoli anni ’80. In testa a questa armata, i motori due tempi. Glorioso periodo per questa particolare tipologia di motori. Movimento culturale che veniva sospinto fortemente dalle competizioni.

L’armata dei piloti americani (al comando della quale si alternavano grandissimi campioni come Kenny Roberts, Eddy Lawson, Wayne Rainey e sul finire del decennio l’apparizione del mitico Kevin Scwantz) sospingeva con forza la produzione di queste stupende e super fascinose moto sportive.

Per citare soltanto due esempi: la Yamaha Rd500LC (e la Rd350LC)e la Suzuki RG Gamma 500. Due magnifiche moto replica della classe 500 che hanno fatto sognare nel passato ma anche nel presente. Il loro valore si è triplicato negli ultimi sei o sette anni ed ora è possibile ammirarle restaurate anche in prestigiose aste come quella Bonhams di cui alleghiamo il catalogo.

The Autumn Stafford Sale
Important Pioneer, Vintage,
Classic & Collectors’ Motorcycles
and Related Spares & Memorabilia
The 25th Carole Nash Classic
Motorcycle Mechanics Show
13 & 14 October 2018

RM Sotheby’s Monterey | World record for the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $48.4 million


  • Exceeds Previous Record By Over $10 Million
  • Follows Friday Night Sale of 1963 Aston Martin DP215 For $21.5 Million
  • RM Auto Restoration will present three cars on the lawn at Pebble Beach on Sunday, 26 August
  • Complete results from RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale will be available at

25 August 2018 – Tonight in Monterey, California RM Sotheby’s made auction history when a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis no. 3413 GT, long considered to be the ‘holy grail’ of the collector car world sold for $48.4 million, becoming the most valuable car ever sold at auction. There were cheers and applause when five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell stepped out of the car after driving it across the auction block in front of an overflowing salesroom, followed by gasps as auctioneer Maarten ten Holder opened the bidding at the unprecedented level of $35 million. Three collectors bidding via telephone competed for the car, sometimes moving in million dollar increments before it hammered after nearly ten minutes for $44 million, or $48,405,000 with fees.

The numbers-matching GTO was offered with its original engine, gearbox, rear axle and factory Series II body after two decades in the collection of noted businessman, Ferrari enthusiast, and vintage race driver Gregory Whitten, Dr. Whitten commented:

My journey with the 250 GTO has come to an end, but I am excited to see how this fantastic car is enjoyed by the new owner. They will have seen the seemingly unbelievable list of superlatives that are used to describe it – legendary, historic, holy grail – but I can assure them that once they get behind the wheel, they will understand that every one of them is true.”

The remarkable 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis no. 3413 GT, is the third of a mere 36 examples built, and arguably one of the purest and best of the breed. The GTO began its life as a Series I automobile and was used as a test car by Phil Hill for the 1962 Targa Florio road race, before proceeding to win 1st in class at the event for the next two years. This led the car to claim the 1962 Italian National GT Championship, with victories in 9 out of 10 races.

The sale also saw exceptional results for sports cars and sports-racers, including the 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder that soared over the high estimate to sell for $4.9m, and a 1956 Maserarti A6G/2000 Zagato which fetched $4.5m. Modern super cars showed continued strength with a U.S.-spec Ferrari F40 selling for $1.7m, and the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR setting a new record for the model at $4.5m.

Bonhams | The Quail Lodge Auction – Catalogue Online

Phillips | The Only Known Vintage White Gold Rolex Daytona Makes Its Auction Debut to Benefit Children Action

This unique watch will headline “The Daytona Ultimatum”, a thematic sale of 32 of the finest Rolex Daytonas ever made. The watch is expected to make in excess of CHF 3 Million. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Children Action. Specialist Arthur Touchot explains the importance of this historic timepiece.


Daytona Ultimatum

Geneva Auction

12 May 2018

Bonhams | Catalogue on line: Dexter Brown Selling Exhibition

Bonhams is delighted to host a selling exhibition on behalf of Dexter Brown.

Brown is one of the most respected and instantly recognizable motoring artists, producing a vivid impressionistic style of colour and, where applicably, speed. His work has been the subject of two books: The Art of Dexter Brown by Robert Edwards, Haynes, 2001; and Superfast – The Ferrari Paintings of Dexter Brown by Simon Khachadourian, Pullman, 2008.
His works are on permanent display at the Pininfarina Studios, Turin; Abarth Gallery, Tokyo; Porsche Museum, Tokyo; Keller Collection, California; Blackhawk Collection, California; and the Louwman Museum in The Hague.
Dexter has also greatly contributed to charity, his works supporting Combat Stress, the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Help a London Child – Capital Radio, John Radcli e Hospital Cancer Charity, and Little Havens Children’s Hospice Southend
As you will see over the following pages, we shall o er a broad selection of some 60 works by the artist ranging in size, medium and composition.
All of the works have been completed within the past year especially for the Bonhams selling exhibition. Any work can be bought immediately, although any pre-exhibition acquisitions will remain on view. Should you wish to purchase an artwork, or require further information, please contact: James Knight +44 (0)20 7468 5801

Bonhams | 30 November – 2 December | New Bond Street, London


Christie’s | Il Salvator Mundi di Leonardo, l’opera più valutata della storia.

Leonardo – “Salvator Mundi”

Il capolavoro del maestro del Rinascimento, battuto per 450 mln di dollari, cancella il precedente record assoluto e diventa il quadro più costoso mai venduta all’asta. Questo incredibile prezzo riflette l’estrema rarità dei dipinti di Leonardo da Vinci – ce ne sono meno di 20 riconosciuti dalla stessa mano dell’artista, e tutti, a parte Salvator Mundi, si trovano nelle collezioni dei musei.

L’interesse globale per un’opera che è stata salutata come la più grande riscoperta artistica degli ultimi 100 anni ha visto un pubblico di circa 1.000 collezionisti d’arte, commercianti, consulenti, giornalisti e spettatori riuniti nella sala principale del Rockefeller Center, con molte migliaia in più in collegamento live da tutto il mondo.

Da quando l’asta del Salvator Mundi è stata annunciata il 10 ottobre da Christie’s, quasi 30.000 persone hanno affollato le mostre di Christie della “Male Monna Lisa” a Hong Kong, Londra, San Francisco e New York.
L’inclusione del Salvator Mundi nella mostra su Leonardo del 2011/12 alla National Gallery – la più completa mai realizzata – ha suggellato la sua accettazione come opera completamente autografa di Leonardo da Vinci.

Ciò è avvenuto dopo più di sei anni di scrupolosa ricerca per documentare l’autenticità del dipinto. È stato un processo iniziato poco dopo la scoperta del lavoro – a lungo scambiato per una copia – in una piccola asta regionale negli Stati Uniti nel 2005. In precedenza, fu affidato a Sotheby’s e venduto all’asta nel 1958 per £ 45…

Il precedente record per un dipinto è stato assegnato al “Massacro degli innocenti” di Peter Paul Rubens, venduto per 76,7 mln di dollari nel 2002. Il record per un’opera di Leonardo da Vinci è stato di 11 mln di dollari per un disegno su carta venduto da Christie’s nel 2001, il cavaliere”. Il precedente record per l’opera d’arte più costosa all’asta sempre battuta da Christie’s, è stato aggiudicato dal dipinto “Les Femmes d’Alger” di Picasso che ha raggiunto 179 mln di dollari nel 1997.

Nell’eclatante vendita della collezione Victor and Sally Ganz, questo stesso dipinto fu battuto sempre da Christie’s a New York per 28 mln di dollari (escluso i diritti). Un’altra straordinaria manifestazione di quanto investire denaro in grandi capolavori d’arte si stia dimostrando sempre più una scelta altamente remunerativa.

Questi record sono stati cancellati quando Jussi Pylkkänen, il presidente globale di Christie’s, ha portato sul podio il lotto #9… Dopo una battaglia straordinaria tra due offerenti e svariati sussulti in sala, il co-presidente di Christie, Alex Rotter, ha gridato l’offerta vincente per un cliente al telefono.

“È l’ambizione di ogni banditore vendere un Leonardo e probabilmente l’unica possibilità che avrà mai”, ha detto Pylkkänen. “È l’apice della mia carriera fino ad ora. È anche meraviglioso per un senior del mestiere essere al centro di tale attenzione. L’entusiasmo del pubblico per quest’opera d’arte è stato travolgente e estremamente incoraggiante”.

Da notare, inoltre, che nella stessa occasione il dipinto di Andy Warhol, “Sixty Last Suppers”, del 1986, è stato venduto per 60 mln di dollari. Quest’opera monumentale – il più grande dipinto dell’artista americano pop mai venduto all’asta – basato sul capolavoro del Rinascimento di Leonardo, proviene da un gruppo di opere create da Warhol su suggerimento del gallerista milanese Alessandro Iolas nel 1984.

Andy Warhol – Sixty Last Suppers

Per alcuni critici, l’appropriazione artistica di Warhol dell’iconografia pubblicitaria e della cultura pop rappresentava la sostituzione, nell’età moderna, del capitalismo con la religione. Ma in Sixty Last Suppers, Warhol ha celebrava invece il cristianesimo e infondeva nuova vita nell’arte sacra, caricandola di contemporaneità.


Post-War & Contemporary Art Sale Sale

New York, 15 novembre 2017

Phillips | Paul Newman’s Legendary “Paul Newman” sold for $17.700.000

Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo



The Rolex Daytona Ref. 6239, known as the “Paul Newman” owned by legendary actor Paul Newman sold for $15.5-million, plus buyer’s premium of 12.5%, for a final price of $17,752,500 at a Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo setting a new record for a Rolex sold at auction. It is also the record price for any wristwatch sold at auction, and is considered the most iconic wristwatch of the 20th Century.

The previous record for a Rolex sold at auction was $5-million for a Rolex Ref. 6062, nicknamed the “Bao Dai” because it was owned by the last emperor of Vietnam. Previously the highest price paid for a Rolex Daytona – the most collectible Rolex model – was $3.7-million, set last spring at a Phillips, Bacs & Russo auction. Previously the most expensive wristwatch sold at auction was a Patek Philippe Ref. 1518, for $11-million, also sold by Phillips.

Newman gifted it in 1984 to James Cox, the former boyfriend and now close friend of Paul Newman’s daughter Nell. A portion of the proceeds of tonight’s sale will go to the Nell Newman Foundation, a charitable foundation that supports her father’s philanthropic values, while serving Nell’s commitment to organic foods and sustainable agriculture.