New player in the Scottsdale auction arena


The annual auction frenzy at Scottsdale, Arizona has been cranked up yet more with the announcement that Bonhams will join the fray by hosting a sale on 19 January.

Last year five auction houses, including RM, Gooding & Co, Russo & Steele, MotoeXotica and Barrett-Jackson sold 2234 classics for a mega £103m at the week-long extravaganza, which is regarded as the traditional kick-off for the international auction season.

And the London sale house is planning on making a dramatic entrance, having lined up a selection of pre-war exotics led by a 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I that once belonged to screen goddess Marlene Dietrich.

The Transformable Convertible sedan (estimate on request) was a gift from film director Josef von Sternberg of Paramount Studios following Dietrich’s success as femme fatale Lola Lola in the classic German/English film Der Blaue Engel. The Rolls also starred in Von Sternberg’s movie Morocco.

It will be joined by another Crewe product boasting celebrity provenance: a 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow that was owned from new by artist Andy Warhol, while other 1920s and ’30s lots include a carrozzeria Sala–bodied 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Torpedo Tourer and a 1932 Packard Model 904 Custom Convertible Victoria (estimates on request).

More affordable on the pre-war front is Bonhams’ 1936 Ford Model 68Deluxe Phaeton, which is expected to make $80-100,000, while a 1948 Pontiac Streamliner 'Woodie' Station Wagon and  ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe are estimated to change hands for $70-90,000 and $55-65,000 espectively.

Also set to cross the block is a 1902 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout that’s been entered with a $60-80,000 guide price.

See Bonhams Scottsdale for more.

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