Twice a year, German specialist Automobilia Auktion of Ladenburg holds specialist sales featuring a wealth of motoring memorabilia. Highlights of the amazing 3905 lots up for grabs on 23-24 May include Michael Schumacher’s signed Bell Type KF1 race SPF helmet worn during the 2000 season; Luigi Musso’s trophy collection; Steve McQueen’s registration papers for his Porsche 911; and a 1930s set of original paintings by George Fritz celebrating the newly opened autobahn.
Michael Scumacher's Bell helmet as worn during the 2000 season (est £24,000)
Historic photographs have been an increasing feature of these fascinating sales and single picture often make huge prices. Last year an original print of Enzo Ferrari sitting in an Alfa Romeo RL made €6309 (£5115), while a scrapbook featuring the Centro Sud equipe took €6666 (£5404).
Wonderful shot of Enzo Ferrari with fellow Alfa team drivers at the 1922 Targa Florio
Such is the increased interest in historic photographs that founders Marcel Seidel and Tobias Friedrich have produced a separate catalogue. “Our first auction in 2000 had just 130 lots, and we have over a 1000 photographs in this sale,” says Friedrich. “They include some amazing crash shots of Ferrari 250GTOs, and a grim sequence of Lorenzo Bandini’s fatal accident in the 1967 Monaco GP.
Luigi Musso's winning trophy from the 1958 Targa Florio (est £1100)
There’s been increased interest in old photographs, particularly with enthusiast’s trying to verify a car’s history. Other collectors focus on drivers, a specific race, or a marque. The key to value is it must be a genuine vintage print.”
Rare 1932 Mercedes-Benz S-Type brochure (est £800)
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