Full official results have yet to be published for yesterday evening’s prestigious RM Auctions sale in Battersea, but C&SC is able to report the top-selling lots on the night.
It seems that the auction world's appetite for Ferraris continues unabated, with the biggest sale to go under the gavel being the 1958 Ferrari 250 Tour de France (top), which sold for a mid-estimate £2,240,000 including premium.
Next in line after the alloy-bodied and Ferrari Classiche-certified racer was one of Maranello's most elegant road cars, the gorgeous 1965 Ferrari Superfast (above). One of eight right-hookers, it changed hands for £644,000, just below top estimate and some £56k ahead of the guide-busting ex-Nino Vaccarella 1972 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/TT/3 (below).
Other standout results included £560,000 for a stunning 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing (below, guide £475-575k) and £487,200 for a 1964 Ferrari 250GT Lusso, just ahead of its £480k top estimate.
Negotiations are still ongoing for several star lots, so look out for full sale results in the next issue of C&SC or check the RM website.
Update: RM has now announced a sale total of £13.3million with 79% of lots sold. Max Girardo, managing director of RM Europe, said: "The London sale is always a highlight of our auction calendar, and as ever, this year’s event has brought our 2011 auction season to a spectacular close.
"Battersea always attracts a large international audience and the sale consistently brings together a fantastic collection of very desirable cars. The addition of 25 beautiful motorcycles to this year’s event brought a valuable new element to the auction, further enhancing RM’s reputation in the collectible motorcycle market."