A new world record price for a Maserati 3500GTi Vignale Spyder was set at Artcurial's sixth Automobiles sur les Champs auction on 20 October.
The one-of-242 Maserati – top-seller of a €4.6million auction in which 88% of lots found new homes – made a whopping €553,500, smashing the pre-sale estimate of €300-400,000.
Second priciest lot was a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 that sold for €459,700 with a 1972 Dino 246 GT way back in third at €250,300.
Another Lamborghini – an LM002 – was a fraction shy of €100k, and the Matra Djet V Luxe coupé we highlighted before the sale was €52,900.
The biggest gasp, however, was for an item of automobilia when a 1931 Lalique Hibou (owl) mascot carrying an estimate of €15-25,000 soared to an amazing €113,000. To put that in perspective, the money paid for it was a fraction shy of what a 2007 Ferrari 599 Fiorano F1 was sold for in the same auction.
Matthieu Lamoure, MD of Artcurial Motorcars, said: "Another highly successful result for the 6th Automobilies sur les Champs sale with more world record prices achieved, rounding off a year that has seen a growth of 14% for the department."