Stars come out for Salon Privé sale


Celebrity buyers swept up the key lots at the Salon Privé sale last night.

Disc jockey Chris Evans appeared in the tent moments before the Stradale Collection's 1971 Ferrari 365GTS/4 Daytona Spyder came up, bidding it to £1.98million (£2.27million all in) and then disappearing just as quickly, but as the proud new owner of a real rarity to add to his ever-fluctuating collection.

It was then the turn of Jamiroquai frontman and noted enthusiast Jay Kay – whose Embiricos Bentley rep was on the showfield – who bid on several classics and scooped the 1960 Ferrari 250GT PF S2 Coupé for £615k (way over the £425k upper estimate and over £700,000 with premium) and shelled out £880k (£954,500) for a delectable midnight blue 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback.

The singer also snapped up a well-bought 1960 Facel Vega HK500 for an under-estimate £125k.

The Silverstone Auctions-run event had got off to a storming start with a  succession of good hammer prices – £21k for a Mk1 Mini Copper 'S', the same for a 1944 Willys Jeep and trailer despite no evidence of war service, £18.5k for a V12 Jaguar XJ-S convertible, and £65k for a Fiat Dino Spider – before bidding cooled and the pace slowed slightly.

Just 10 lots in, however, came on of the evening's big lots. The 1963 Ferrari 250GT/L 'Lusso' fell well short of its £1,750,000 lower estimate, but was sold for £1.65million on the hammer, meaning an overall price of £1.89m.

Despite some debate over the historical importance of production Range Rover chassis number 1 (many older pre-production cars exist), it didn't douse the bidding fever and the immaculate vehicle made a mid-estimate £115k on the hammer (£132k).

There was mixed success with Henry Pearman's much-vaunted Stradale Collection, the £170k (£195,500k) raised for a 1973 Porsche 911S Targa (a fixed-head later sold for £140,000) and £850k for an Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante both looking very strong results, but of the big lots, neither the Ferrari F40,  365GTB/4 Daytona, Lamborghini Miura, nor Blower Bentley found new homes.

Although there is a lot of work to be done, the ex-John Surtees 1951 Jowett Jupiter Special was an interesting piece of history for £33,500. We also thought the £58k bid on a 1951 Jaguar XK120 fixed-head was an excellent buy, as was the £69k that secured a 1965 S1 4.2 E-type fixed-head.

If auction prices for remarkable examples are any indication of a classic throwing off traditional stigma and being on the cusp of a big price hike, then the £63,000 paid for an immaculate 1989 M-B SL500 with fewer than 1000 miles on the clock was worth noting.


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