Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917) Eternel printemps, second état, 1ère réduction  9L’Éternel Printemps sell for more than £900,000  
One of Auguste Rodin’s finest sculptures, L’Eternel Printempswas sold for £938,500 at Bonhams Impressionist and Modern Art sale on 4 February. It had been estimated at £500,000-700,000.  This is a new world record at auction for a second state casting of the statue.
Created at the height of Auguste Rodin’s passionate love affair with the young Camille Claudel, L’Eternel Printemps is one of the French sculptor’s most highly acclaimed works.
Bonhams Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, India Phillips, said: “This is a wonderful price for a very special piece.  Rodin poured a huge amount of emotion into L’Eternel Printemps and you can feel that in the raw physicality of the sculpture making it one of his most enduring images.”
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The stunning ex-Nicolas Cage 1954 Bugatti 101 is incredibly rare. One of only six 101s built, and the only one featuring this particular Antem designed coachwork, it’s one of the most anticipated lots at Bonhams upcoming Chantilly Sale, taking place in France on 5 September.  

It’s believed that Cage purchased the Bugatti around the time he starred in the film, Gone in Sixty Seconds. Also featuring Angelina Jolie, the film was a cinematic homage to the allure of rare and beautiful motor cars.
As life imitates art, Cage, like his character, also has a passion for rare and beautiful motor cars, the Bugatti 101 the perfect example.
In 1951 it was announced that the Bugatti factory intended to produce just 50 cars for delivery in July 1952. In the event, Bugatti’s other interests took precedence over the revived road car project and only six Type 101s were completed, making it one of the marques rarest models. It is offered at estimate €1,500,000-1,800,000 (£1,100,000-1,300,000).

Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “The 101 offered is one of just six 101s built, and the only one featuring this particular design of unique coupé coachwork by Antem. It’s exceptionally stylish, with a beautiful black over red colour combination which is reflected in its vibrant red leather interior. Bugatti built two types, the 101 and the 101C, the latter, offered here, equipped with supercharger.”

Bonhams Chantilly Sale is a brand new black tie evening sale at Chantilly Arts & Elegance, taking place in Chantilly, France, on 5 September 2015.
Hosted in the grounds of Château de Chantilly, an hour outside of Paris, the Arts & Elegance event began last year, attracting a crowd of around 10,000 spectators, taking in the delights of the “Concourse d’Elegance” competition for modern concept cars, and a superb “Concourse d’Etat” for classic cars from around the world. The “Art & Elegance” event also plays host to fine art exhibitions, fashion shows, live music and various lifestyle exhibits, all on the grounds of the magnificent château.
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Bonhams, the Grand Palais Sale 2015 video review

L’asta tenuta a Parigi dal 5 al 7 febbraio 2015 durante la settimana Retromobile ha realizzato il record assoluto di vendite nell’Europa continentale per il gruppo Bonhams nella divisione auto. La vendita ha attirato clienti da tutto il mondo che si sono contesi le auto più prestigiose nella meravigliosa cornice del Grand Palais. Una location unica che da sola compete con le splendide creature meccaniche che ogni anno mostra al numeroso pubblico presente.

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The Bonhams Paris auction during Retromobile week saw record-breaking prices, international bidding, and the highest total for a motor car auction held by the Bonhams Group in continental Europe. The sale attracted bidders from across the globe, with buyers from the Middle East, Far East, north and south America, and Australasia competing against the European market.

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Scarica il catalogo dell’asta evento Bonhams che vedrà protagoniste le più belle auto d’epoca nella splendida atmosfera di fine ‘800 che solo il Grand Palais può regalare.

L’asta avrà luogo dal 5 al 7 febbraio 2015 presso il Grand Palais, Parigi.



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Download the catalog of the auction event that will draw the most beautiful vintage cars in the beautiful atmosphere of the late ‘800 that only the Grand Palais can offer.

The auction will take place from 5 to February 7, 2015 at the Grand Palais, Paris.

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Aston Martin DB4C e DB5 Touring Superleggera at Bonhams Grand Palais Sale

In evidenza all’asta, la Aston Martin DB4 Convertible del 1962, stimata in € 1,200,000-1,600,000, e la Aston Martin DB5 Convertible del 1965, stimata in € 1,600,000-1,900,000.
L’asta Bonhams di Parigi del 2015 sarà la più grande mai organizzata al Grand Palais fino ad oggi, con circa 130 vetture.

Icona dello stile industriale inglese e simbolo del cinema britannico, il Aston Martin ha prodotto alcune delle automobili più rappresentative di un epoca automobilistica irripetibile: gli anni sessanta. Al timone dell’azienda, Sir David Brown e le auto: la DB4 e la DB5.
Con solo 70 esemplari prodotti, la DB4C del 1962 è uno delle più rare Aston Martin della sua epoca. Essa combina con successo le virtù tradizionali dello stile e delle prestazioni di una “DB” con le delizie di un automobilismo all’aria aperta, ed è oggi una delle più ricercate e pregiate vetture della sua categoria.

Introdotta sul mercato nel 1963, la DB5 è nata come evoluzione della DB4. Il progetto di questa Touring aveva come obiettivo di rendere riconoscibile al primo sguardo il marchio inglese, e così è stato. Solo 19 convertibili DB5 sono state realizzate con guida a sinistra.

Philip Kantor, responsabile europeo del dipartimento Bonhams Motoring, ha commentato: “Le due Aston Martin sono esempi perfetti di quanto abbia significato per la casa automobilistica inglese avere al timone una personalità ispirata come Sir David Brown. Si tratta di due auto con guida a sinistra carrozzate Touring Superleggera, esemplari rari e molto quotati. Stiamo vedendo un forte rialzo della richiesta per le auto degli ‘60, quindi c’è da aspettarsi una forte competizione nella nostra prossima asta di Parigi. ”

La Bonhams Grand Palais Sale si terrà a Parigi il 5 febbraio 2015. Per ulteriori informazioni:



Sale highlights, the 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible, estimated at €1,200,000-1,600,000 (£950,000-1,250,000), and the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible, estimated at €1,600,000-1,900,000 (£1,250,000-1,500,000)
2015 will be the biggest Bonhams Grand Palais sale to date, with around 130 motor cars

Two fantastic cars from British luxury marque Aston Martin are set to be offered at Bonhams Paris sale on 5 February 2015.

Synonymous with Britain, and of course, British movie heroes, the luxury marque has produced some truly iconic motor cars throughout its decades of manufacture – arguably none more so than those designed in the David Brown era: the DB4 and DB5.

With only 70 produced, the 1962 DB4C is one of the rarest Aston Martin roadcars of its era. It successfully combines the brands traditional virtues of style and performance with the delights of open air motoring, and is today a most sought after and highly prized motor car.

Introduced in 1963, the DB5 was a development of the preceding DB4. Classically proportioned, the Touring-designed body established an instantly recognizable look that would stand the marque in good stead until 1970. Only 19 DB5 convertibles were ever made in left-hand drive, making this offering a very rare find.

Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “The duo of Aston Martins offered are perfect examples of the superior design that took hold of the brand in its post-war David Brown era – the cars were driven by the coolest of cool, and were accordingly featured in films of the decade; the DB5 model is synonymous with the James Bond franchise, and the DB4C came to a treacherous end over the alpine cliff edge in The Italian Job.

“Unusually, the pairing are both left-hand drive convertibles, making them ultra rare and highly sought after. They feature beautifully designed Italian coachwork from Touring’s Superleggera, successfully crafted on what is otherwise a very British car. At Bonhams we’re seeing great demand in the trend for cars of the 1960s, so expect some spirited bidding at our upcoming Paris auction.”

Bonhams Grand Palais Sale takes place in Paris on 5 February 2015. For further information visit:

Pope Benedict XVI Harley-Davidson to be sold for charity at Bonhams Paris Sale

Una Harley-Davidson con la firma di Papa Benedetto XVI all’asta Bonhams di Parigi del 5 febbraio al Gran Palais con una stima di € 15,000-25,000.

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Pensata per essere donata al Santo Padre a Roma in occasione delle celebrazioni per il 110° anniversario della leggendaria casa di Milwaukee, è corredata di un serbatoio autografato da Papa Benedetto XVI.

In origine furono inviati al Santo Padre due serbatoi per essere firmati e, una volta ritornati in fabbrica, sono stati montati su due distinte moto. Di queste, una è esposta al museo Harley-Davidson di Milwaukee, l’altra è la Heritage Softail Classic destinata all’asta Bonhams al Gran Palais di Parigi.

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Questa bellissima Harley era in attesa di una cerimonia speciale in cui sarebbe stata presentata al Papa di fronte a decine di migliaia di possessori Harley-Davidson a Roma nel giugno del 2013. Tuttavia, nessuno avrebbe immaginato l’abdicazione di Benedetto XVI nel gennaio 2013 e così la moto è diventata anche un omaggio inaugurale per Papa Francesco.

“E ‘un onore essere stati scelti per vendere questa Harley dalla storia così particolare. Ci aspettiamo un’asta combattutta anche più del solito vista la causa benefica”, ha detto Ben Walker, Direttore Internazionale del Dipartimento Motorcycle per Bonhams.

“Nel mese di febbraio 2014, Bonhams ha venduto la Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide firmata da Sua Santità Papa Francesco. Ora siamo lieti di offrire una moto benedetta sia da Papa Francesco che da Benedetto XVI; il tutto è avvenuto in un periodo cruciale per la Chiesa cattolica, e ci aspettiamo molto interesse per questo”.

Questa moto unica vedrà i suoi proventi devoluti a Stowarzyszenie Przyjazny Świat Dziecka (Friendly World Association), una associazione benefica polacca indipendente che offre assistenza e sostegno ai bambini e alle famiglie in difficoltà.

La Harley-Davidson sarà venduto in data 5 febbraio 2015, all’interno dell’asta “Les Grandes Marques du Monde” al Grand Palais di Parigi.

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle blessed with the signature of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and later received by Pope Francis, is to be sold for charity at Bonhams 5 February Paris Sale.

The motorcycle is to be offered as part of Bonhams Grand Palais auction, entered at no reserve, with an estimate of €15,000-25,000 (£11,700-19,600). In a special countdown to Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary celebrations, two commemorative motorcycle petrol tanks were presented to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

These were signed, and returned to the motorcycle legends US headquarters where they were mounted to their respective motorcycles. Of these, one remains in the Harley-Davidson museum in Milwaukee, USA. The remaining motorcycle – the FLSTC 103 Heritage Softail Classic destined for Bonhams 2015 sale – lay waiting for a special ceremony where it would be presented to the Pope in front of tens-of thousands of Harley-Davidson riders at 2013s 110th anniversary celebration.

However, in an unforeseen change to the papacy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI abdicated in January 2013. Subsequently this saw the Softail Classic presented to the newly inaugurated Pope, his holiness Pope Francis.

“It’s an honour to have been selected to sell this fantastic machine. We expect a lot of interest, and hope to raise some spirited bidding for the very worthy charity selected,” said Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Motorcycle Department.

“In February 2014, Bonhams sold 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide signed by His Holiness Pope Francis. Now we’re delighted to offer a motorcycle received by both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI; it was present during a pivotal period in the papacy of the Catholic Church, and we expect a lot of interest in it.”

Entered at no reserve, this unique motorcycle will have its auction proceeds donated to Stowarzyszenie Przyjazny Świat Dziecka (Friendly World Association), a Polish volunteer, independent, non-profit organization that offers care and support to children and families in need.

The Harley-Davidson will be sold on 5 February 2015 as part of Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale at the Grand Palais in Paris.


Artcurial, Paris 2 nov 2014: Automobiles Sur Les Champs

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Parigi è una città meravigliosa, ideale scenario di ogni manifestazione. La sua architettura secondo impero accoglie ed incornicia sontuosamente ogni evento che la Ville Lumière ospiti conferendo allo stesso quell’aura che ne definisce la sua preziosità, la sua unicità. Domenica 2 novembre Artcurial presenta “Automobiles Sur Le Champs”. Un’asta molto ricca di sfumature. In una giornata si può passare dalle innumerevoli automobilia per poi osservare le auto vere e proprie. Non mancano pezzi veramente preziosi e rari. Nè manca la sempre crescente consapevolezza che il mercato dell’auto d’epoca stia vivendo un momento di grande crescita. Ecco una galleria con qualche anticipazione come le due storiche Rally: la Lancia Fulvia del ’72 e S4 del ’85. Due epoche gloriose a confronto. Forse due nostalgici esempi dei trionfi delle Lancia nei campionati mondiali Rally del passato.

Per scaricare i cataloghi in pdf, cliccare sulle immagini in testa al post.

Paris is a wonderful city, an ideal setting for every event. The architecture of the Second Empire welcomes and frame sumptuously every event that the Ville Lumière can hold, giving them the same aura that defines its preciousness, its uniqueness. Sunday, November 2 Artcurial presents “Automobiles Sur Le Champs”. In one day you can see numerous automobilia and classic cars. There are examples truly precious and rare. It’s evident that the car market is in a period of tremendous growth. Here is a gallery with some anticipation as the two historic Lanica Rally: the ’72 Fulvia and ’85 S4. Two glorious periods in comparison. Perhaps two nostalgic examples of the triumphs of the Lancia Rally World Championships in the past.

To download the catalog in PDF, click on the images at the top of the post.

Paris: Alexandre III Bridge, sunset and history


Il ponte Alessandro III a Parigi, collega il Grand Palais (sede di una meravigliosa asta Bohnams del 6 febbraio 2014) e il Petit Palais all’Hôtel des Invalides. Questo magnifico ponte non è intitolato ad un Re o ad un imperatore francese ma ad Alessandro III di Russia e curiosamente oggi è probabilmente il monumento cui i parigini si sono legati di più. Infatti sotto la sua imponente campata con l’arrivo della primavera si ritrovano centinaia di persone a godersi alcuni tra i tramonti più spettacolari e affascinanti della ville lumière. Lungo la Senna con l’arrivo della bella stagione le sponde vengono arredate con stand dove si organizzano mostre fotografiche e cinematografiche. Sorgono inoltre locali dove ci si ritrova a bere un aperitivo e si organizza la serata magari seduti su assi di legno disposte a gradini. Tutta questa scenografia smette di esistere a fine stagione, e lascia il posto al passaggio veloce delle biciclette che i Parigino usano moltissimo mescolandosi al traffico quotidiano.

Tornando al ponte, esso celebra l’alleanza tra lo zar Alessandro III di Russia e il presidente francese Marie François Sadi Carnot, tale accordo fu la base della coalizione che nella prima guerra mondiale portò il nome di triplice intesa tra l’Impero britannico, la Terza repubblica francese e l’Impero russo. E’ in stile Art Nouveau ed è riccamente decorato. Sui quattro piloni si trovano le rappresentazioni della Francia medievale, di quella rinascimentale, di quella assolutista del re Sole e infine di quella moderna. La prima pietra fu posata dallo zar Nicola II, ultimo imperatore di Russia fucilato assieme alla sua famiglia nel 1918.

Il ponte fu finalmente inaugurato in occasione della grande Esposizione Universale del 1900. Fu il primo ponte ad attraversare la Senna con una campata unica. È stato dichiarato monumento storico nel 1975.Ha ripreso il suo colore originale in occasione del suo totale restauro nel 1998. Sulla riva destra si trova, dal dicembre 2006, lo Showcase, un locale adibito a discoteca, sala concerti e sala di registrazione televisiva. E’ noto per aver fatto da sfondo al video di Adele nel suo singolo Someone Like You.

Certamente si resta incantati ad osservare il tramonto scendere alle spalle del ponte. In una scena magnifica e ricca di storia, con un solo sguardo abbracciamo i simboli perenni  degli anni più grandiosi della storia di Parigi. Non vorremmo andare via, “sed tempus fugit”…


The Alexander III bridge in Paris, connecting the Grand Palais (home to a wonderful auction Bohnams of 6 February 2014) and the Petit Palais at the Hôtel des Invalides. This magnificent bridge is not entitled to a king or an emperor French but to Alexander III of Russia and, curiously, today is probably the monument which Parisians are tied more. In fact, under its imposing span with the arrival of spring, hundreds of people gather to enjoy some of the most spectacular sunsets and fascinating city of lights. Along the Seine with the arrival of summer, the banks are furnished with stand where you can organize photo exhibitions and film. Arise also places where we meet for a drink and organizes the evening maybe sitting on wooden planks arranged in steps. This whole scene ceases to exist at the end of the season, and gives way to the quick passage of the Parisian bikes that use a great deal of mingling with everyday traffic.
Returning to the bridge, it celebrates the alliance between Tsar Alexander III of Russia and French President Marie François Sadi Carnot, this agreement was the basis of the coalition in World War I led to the name of the Triple Entente between the British Empire, the French Third Republic and the Russian Empire. It’s in the Art Nouveau style and is richly decorated. The four pillars are the representations of medieval France, of the Renaissance, of the King’s absolutist and finally to the modern one. The first stone was laid by Tsar Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia, shot along with his family in 1918. The bridge was finally inaugurated on the occasion of the Great Universal Exhibition of 1900. It was the first bridge to cross the Seine with a single span. It was declared a historical monument in 1975. Ha regained its original color on the occasion of its total restoration in 1998. The Showcase, is located on the right bank, since December 2006, used as a discotheque, concert hall and recording studio television. It’s known for having been the backdrop to the video by Adele in her single Someone Like You. Certainly, we remain enthralled to watch the sun go down behind the bridge. In a magnificent scene and rich of history, with a single glance you embrace the perennial symbols of the years most magnificent of Paris history. We would not go away, “sed tempus fugit”…