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RM Auctions - Villa Erba 2015

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Text: Jacky FAVRE - Photos: Christelle SOMMEREISEN - Jacky FAVRE

This is the third time that RM Auctions is organizing a sale of in parallel with Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, a sign of their success. But it has so far taken place only in odd years. In addition to the beautiful setting, it is evident that the audience here is more a connoisseur than an amateur, but above buyer or seller.

Forty lots were offered for sale including 17 Ferrari! Not all have been sold, but for us the main thing was to be able to discover them. The current speculation on the Ferrari lead some owners to sell at prices sometimes still too high, or simply it is too early to justify such numbers. Although here we are talking about cars to several million euros, this is true for all markets and for all models.

Cars are exposed as a kind of glass that filters the light, but the side openings shed against the light difficult to manage for photos. Both Ferrari who welcome us are outdoors: a 212 Export and a 250 GT California.

Inside we already discover a beautiful line-up almost identical to the 2013: 288 GTO, F40, F50 and Enzo.

I will present the models in the order of their passing. For the first time we attended (part of) the sale, which took place in the evening. It's always a nice atmosphere conducted master hands by Max Girardo. The first Ferrari to lead off is the 288 GTO # 52475 sold for € 1,904,000.

The F40 #89693 sold for € 1 008 000.

The yellow Enzo is that of presentation on the Pininfarina stand at the 2002 Paris Motor Chassis # 129581, sold for € 1.26 million.

The F50 #106570 went to € 1 232 000 is obviously complete with its storage box for the hardtop.

I was very surprised to discover a new car during the sale, particularly striking sign of the current speculation: A 458 Speciale A (# 207419) that flew to € 515,200

While other modern models will come later, we go to the 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta, bodied by Touring, chassis 0158 ED. This little gem was sold for € 6.72 million.

I even had the pleasure of seeing a demonstration by the auctioneer to a potential customer.

A 365 GTB / 4 Daytona 1973 (# 16393) sold for € 728,000.

A 575 SuperAmerica sold for € 414,400. S / N 145391

A Ferrari 250 GT Lusso 1963 in a beautiful green dress (# 4735GT) go for € 2,016,000

The Ferrari 195 Inter Berlinetta Ghia has not reached the reserve price of the seller. The amount of € 1.15 million was below the low estimate.

The second not to have found a new garage is headlining this sale. This is a 1960 250 GT SWB Competizione, Chassis 1953 GT. The price of € 9.1 million offered was not enough. Yet it is already very honorable for this model. We left for sale after its passage.

A 330 GT 2+2 (#7467) sold for € 246 400

We almost used to see the 250 GT SWB California Spider at Villa d'Este, but not often on sale. This one was not sold despite the € 10 million proposed.

Another 250 GT Cabriolet was proposed but this time bodied by Pininfarina: a series II (2125 GT) sold for € 1,568,000. The gap between the two bodybuilders is incredible.

A 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE with its mechanical gearbox (# 153722) is undoubtedly the latest craze in V12 with the famous grille H. Auctioned for € 358,400

This 512 BBi of 1984 (#49535) sold for € 324 800

The last Ferrari of this sale was a 365 GT 2 + 2 1969 (# 12333) sold € 246,400.

We see that the market is doing quite well and it's not going to stop any time soon. But so far the limits are sometimes still a bit far to conclude transactions. Difficult to get an idea of the evolution of the market, however prestigius and collectors vehicles have again become a lucrative investment for speculators. Hopefully a little more passion to see out of the garage ...

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