Bentley tops sale as Aston DB4 sails over its estimate at Bonhams

| 8 Feb 2013

A 1929 Bentley 6½ Litre Speed Six Tourer topped Bonhams’ Paris sale yesterday earning €828,000.

It was a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 'Series V' Vantage Convertible that caused the biggest sale-room stir, though, as it more than doubled its pre-sale estimate to hit €805,000.

The one-family-owned car was one of few to be fitted with the Vantage ‘SS’ engine when it was sold new in Switzerland.

Third-placed result went to a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Coupé that was formerly owned by the company founder, and netted a cool €690,000, while a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K cabriolet earned €672,750.

In just its second visit to the Grand Palais, Bonhams made nearly €13million from 86 cars, 84 ’bikes and more than 100 pieces of automobilia.

The machines of former architect Charles H Brown raised more than €1.2million, largely thanks to a 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Sports Tourer that made €483,000.

Billed as a collection that charted the history of the car, Brown’s lots included a 1927 Renault Torpedo (€166,750), a 1928 Detroit Electric Model 95 Type 24B coupe de ville (€48,300) and a 1909 Stanley Model E2 10HP Runabout steam car (€50,600).

Another notable sale was the €287,500 raised for a 1928 Rolls-Royce Playboy Roadster that had belonged to Jerry J Moore. A property developer, he reputedly had an entire French chateau uprooted and moved to Texas where it was meticulously rebuilt.

While not a car, a 1929 De Havilland 60GMW Gipsy Moth, which starred in Out of Africa, was certainly a classic. It went to an African bidder for €201,250, setting a new world record for the plane.

Carrying a guide price of  €2.5-3.5million, an ex-works Bugatti Type 54 racer was the most prominent lot not to find a new home.

View the sale’s full results on the auction house’s website.