RM has so far consigned 32 choice classics for its first sale centred around the prestigious Concorso D'Eleganza at Villa d'Este on the shores of Lake Como on 21 May. No fewer than 10 of the cars are wearing pre-sale estimates in excess of €1million apiece.
Latest addition to the catalogue is a one-of-19 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider with a low estimate of €2.6million, that joins a 1959 long-wheelbase California Spider (€1.6-2million), 1955 375MM Berlinetta (€3.2-4.2million) and 1953 250MM PF Berlinetta (€2.5-3million) at the head of the prancing horse offerings.
The concept cars secured for the sale (Bertone Zero, Lamborghini Marzal etc) may be delectable, but they will struggle to upstage a smattering of pre-war coachbuilt beauties from the long-nosed, egg-shaped-cabin school of design.
As well as the pictured ex-Paris Salon 1938 Delahaye 135MS Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi (€900,000-1.1million), there are the two deco divas featured in the June 2011 issue of C&SC: the 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Teardrop Coupé (€3.1-3.8million) and the Pebble Beach-winning 1937 Bugatti T57SC Atalante Coupé (€3.25-4.35million). They are joined by another Delahaye, a 1939 135MS Gran Sport Roadster estimated at €800-900,000).
Other highlights include the 1965 Ford GT Works prototype roadtser (€2.4-2.9million), 1964 Alfa TZ (€475-575,000) and a one-off Bertone-bodied 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 competition spider (€700-900,000).
Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe, said: “Without doubt, our debut Lake Como sale features one of the most exciting offerings RM Auctions has ever assembled. The response to the sale has been very positive with early bidder registrations representing 13 countries. We look forward to welcoming discerning collectors to what promises to be a not-to-be-missed event.”