RM Auctions kicked off its 2014 auction season on a fantastic note once again this week, realizing an impressive $45,563,450 million in sales* with 85 percent of all lots sold at its 15th annual Phoenix, Arizona sale.
Within a beautiful setting and stunning presentation at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, the results represent a new high for the international auction house in Arizona. The two-day sale saw ten million-dollar-plus transactions and numerous auction records set, headlined by the top-selling 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider. Reflecting RMs international clientele and the global appeal of the well-established event, bidders hailed from 20 countries around the world.
RM Auctions continues to prove that the combination of great cars, knowledgeable clients and a beautiful auction venue is a winning formula for both buyers and sellers, says Ian Kelleher, Car Specialist, RM Auctions. This years two-day sale was an unqualified success and set a terrific benchmark for the entire Arizona auction week, not to mention a fantastic start for the 2014 auction season.
Top sale honors went to the highly desirable 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, chassis 1055 GT with coachwork by Scaglietti, selling for an incredible $8,800,000 before a packed auction room, making it the most valuable car ever sold in Arizona auction week history. The 11th of only 50 long-wheelbase California Spiders ever built, 1055 GT goes to its new owner in remarkably well-preserved condition. Continuing RMs outstanding track record for the sale of important Ferraris at auction, additional Ferrari highlights from the two-day sale include: the beautifully restored 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso, chassis 5215 GT, which sold for $2,447,500, setting a new record for the model at public auction; a wonderfully preserved 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, chassis 8349, which sold for $1,815,000; and a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS, chassis 08353, which sold for $1,485,000.
Additional impressive million-dollar-plus sales include the brilliantly restored, ex-Bob Donner and Don Wester 1961 Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder, taking the number two spot at $2,750,000. Representing the diverse roster of automobiles, a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Convertible Coupe, offered for public sale for the first time since new, sold for a fantastic $2,200,000.
RM Arizona 2014 - Top Ten Sales:
1. Lot 112 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider $8,800,000.00
2. Lot 51 1961 Porsche 718 RS 61 Spyder $2,750,000.00
3. Lot 89 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L 'Lusso' $2,447,500.00
4. Lot 22 1930 Duesenberg Model J 'Disappearing Top' Convertible Coupe $2,200,000.00
5. Lot 100 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB $1,815,000.00
6. Lot 104 1995 Ferrari F50 $1,650,000.00
7. Lot 110 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS $1,485,000.00
8. Lot 83 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing $1,292,500.00
9. Lot 99 1935 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet deVille $1,045,000.00
10. Lot 20 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster $1,045,000.00
Further notable sales from the Arizona auction include:
· Lot 21 1958 Bentley S1 Continental Coupe - $511,500 (Record for a Bentley S1 Continental at public auction)
· Lot 18 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL 'Pagoda' - $165,000 (Record for a Mercedes-Benz 280SL at public auction)
· Lot 43 1986 Toyota Celica IMSA GTO - $242,000
· Lot 88 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur - $297,000 (Record for a Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur at auction)
RM Auctions continues its exciting 2014 calendar with its debut sale in Paris, France, February 5 at Place Vauban. Held during the world famous Retromobile motoring week, the sale will present a spectacular selection of more than 50 automobiles from all sectors of the collector car market. The Paris sale is closely followed by RMs 16th annual Amelia Island, Florida sale, March 8, the official auction of the renowned Amelia Island Concours dElegance.
Full results from RMs Arizona sale along with details on upcoming events are available online at www.rmauctions.com
*Please note, results are in USD and are inclusive of a 10 percent buyers premium on automobiles and 15 percent on all other lots.