Maserati 250S is top-seller as RM makes £20million in London

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Although several of the most heavily promoted lots failed to shift – notably the headlining Jaguar D-type from the Irvine Laidlaw collection that was bid to £4million – RM amassed more than £21million from 120 cars over its two-day sale in London this week.

With the first day dedicated to a massive European collection of Mercedes and the second focused on the Laidlaw collection as well as the well-publicised Lotus Esprit submersible 'Wet Nellie' from Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me, the Canadian auction house recorded an impressive sale rate of over 90%.

Despite a huge estimate of £650-950,000, the £616,000 the Lotus made including commission and fees, still seemed enormous.

The top-seller, though, did come from the Laidlaw Collection and was the ex-Carroll Shelby and Jim Hall 1957 Maserati 250S that accrued £2.128million (main image). The second highest-priced car – some way behind at £1.646million – was a 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4.

Third highest, and second-best of the Laidlaw cars, was the 1965 Porsche 904/6 Carrera GTS at £1,232,000.

Best of the 74 Mercedes, which raised closed to £10million on their own, was a 1938 540K Cabriolet B that sold for £820,000, some £50k ahead of a 1932 15/75 HO Mannheim 370S Sport Roadster and, a little further back, a 1956 300SL Coupé and 1961 300SL Roadster.

Both in the Mercedes sale and the following day's action, there were some bargains to be had… if you can consider just over £300,000 for a Ferrari F40 or under £40k for a Testarossa bargains, that is.

It wasn't alll about big bucks, however: you could also have snapped up a 1948 MG TC for £17k or an Austin Seven Ruby saloon for under £5k.

The top 10 results were:

Lot 249 - 1957 Maserati 250S     £2,128,000

Lot 248 - 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4     £1,646,400

Lot 247-  1965 Porsche 904/6 Carrera GTS     £1,232,000

Lot 123 - 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B     £820,000

Lot 237 - 1964 Ferrari 250GT Lusso     £817,600

Lot 132 - 1932 Mercedes-Benz 15/75 HP Mannheim 370 S     £770,000

Lot 162 - 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’     £739,200

Lot 115 - 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster     £716,800

Lot 243 - 007 Lotus Esprit ‘submarine car’     £616,000

Lot 164 - 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SLS Racing     £563,600

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