NEW YORK, NY.-
RM Auctions, in association with Sothebys
, announced a new sale in New York City, November 21. The exclusive auction will celebrate the motor car and its place in the history of design, focusing on iconic styling and the artistry of combining automotive function with exquisite form. Featuring approximately 35 handpicked automobiles from around the world, the auction will be held at Sothebys global headquarters in New York and will represent the first time a major collector car auction has been held in Manhattan in over a decade. With an emphasis on bespoke design and best of category examples from the worlds most admired automotive marques, the sale will feature one of the most significant collections of motor cars offered in auction history.
As a prelude to the sale, an extraordinary exhibition showcasing the vehicles on offer will be held November 19 - 20 on the 10th floor galleries at Sothebys New Yorka setting customarily reserved for the display of world-class works of art offered at Sothebys.
In recent years, collector cars have enjoyed phenomenal interest from enthusiasts and experts who value their historic importance and rarity alongside the achievements of their creators, coachbuilders, engineers and designers, who must be counted amongst the worlds great artistic visionaries, says Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Auctions. Our upcoming New York sale will celebrate the historic importance of the automobilea singular achievement at the crossroads of art, technology and innovationat the same time paying tribute to the creativity, styling and imagination of the worlds leading coachbuilders. We are delighted to be working with the team at Sothebys for this exclusive event. From the exhibition on their 10th floor galleries to the incredible caliber of the consignments on offer, it will certainly be a sale like no other.
Maarten ten Holder, Sothebys Managing Director, Americas, commented, "We are thrilled that this autumn Sothebys will host the first ever automobile exhibition in our 10th floor galleries when 35 of the worlds finest and most important cars will be shown ahead of the RM sale on November 21. As the first car auction in Manhattan for over 10 years and one of the most significant ever held, this is set to be an unprecedented and historic event."
Leading early highlights for the sale is the stunning 1956 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MkII Supersonic, chassis AM300/1/1132. A truly one-off creation, 1132 received its bodywork from the renowned Ghia coachworks of Turin, Italy. It is the only Supersonic built on an Aston Martin chassis, was first displayed at the 1956 Turin Auto Salon and was driven by American grand prix racing driver Harry Schell. The cars first registered owners were newlywed New Yorkers Gail Whitney Vanderbilt and her husband, the record-setting water skier Richard C. Cowell, who took delivery directly from David Brown and were photographed with this car by Life magazine whilst living in the South of France. It was then acquired in the late 1950s by noted American collector Robert Lee and benefits from known ownership history through the present day. Offered for sale from the distinguished James Patterson Collection, it is the recipient of a recent, thorough, no-expense-spared, Pebble Beach award-winning restoration.
A completely bespoke creation, 1132 is unlike any other Aston Martin of its era, adds Myers. From the oval egg-crate grille and covered headlamps to the arrow-like spear running along its sides, Supersonic tailfins and Jet Age tail lamps, it is truly a masterpiece of the automotive designers art and emblematic of the most advanced postwar alloy coachwork. Considered alongside what the automotive industry offered the public in 1956, this Aston Martin was not only fast and exclusive, it was downright wild! Its pop art on wheels!
The striking Aston Martin, which carries a pre-sale estimate of $1,500,000 - $2,000,000, will be on display in Sothebys York Avenue lobby, New York, from today (April 30) through May 7.