Leading the early consignments for RM's biennial Villa Erba sale on 25 May is a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica.
Once a leftfield choice for collectors, the Pininfarina-styled rarity is now at the heady end of the Ferrari firmament and this one – chassis 3559SA, one of only 36 examples built in 1962 – is expected to make up to €2million.
That's four times the money expected to be raised by a 1947 Cisitalia 202 MM ‘Nuvolari’ Spider with Mille Miglia history.
Cheaper still, for want of a better phrase, is an ex-Motor Show Barker-bodied 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Open Tourer that served as transport for Princess Elizabeth on her 1952 tour of Kenya. Estimated at €375–€450,000, the car was a hit at last year's Windsor Castle Concours d'Elegance.
Last of the early big-hitters is a 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Superprofile Coupé that took awards at the 2011 Sydney Concours and is expected to make up to €1million.
Just 40 classics will be auctioned during the high-roller sale during the Villa d'Este concours weekend in Italy.
Max Girardo, managing director of RM Europe, said: “It will be wonderful to be back at Lake Como and supporting the Concorso d’Eleganza with what promises to be a truly spectacular selection of cars.
"The Concorso prides itself on being the pinnacle of taste and exclusivity and that is obviously the same ethos underpinning how RM conducts this auction and the cars offered within it."