Classic car dealers star at London design celebration

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Where can you buy a Supermarine Spitfire, Ferrari 250LM, and a Francis Bacon painting under the same roof?  If you have a few £millions to spare then Masterpiece is the show for you. From 1-5 July, this exclusive event is staged in the grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London.

The success of Gregor Fisken at this prestige event last year has tempted several classic car and automobilia dealers to attend, lead by Duncan Hamilton & Co which is showing a stunning pair of Ferraris.

Most valuable vehicle on offer is a sexy ’64 Ferrari 250LM  which,  at £4million, is just half the price of the two-seater Spitfire MT818 on display at the entrance. The Maranello beauty's previous owners include Roy Salvadori, Jackie Epstien and David Prophet while the car has race history across four continents, including ’66 Daytona 24Hours and Targa Florio.  Continuing the Pinifarina theme on Hamilton’s display was a rare ’63 330 America.

Rival dealer Hexagon of Highgate  went for a British theme by pairing a left-hooker silver Aston Martin DB5 (clearly hoping to tempt 007 fans!) and a 1963 AC Cobra  289 Mk 3 (also in left-hand drive form). HExagon are looking for £399,000, in case you're keen to take it home!

Another first timer at Masterpiece was the Pullman Gallery with boss Simon Khachadourian presenting a superb selection of paintings, posters and sculptures including two new Dexter Brown oils.

Talk of the show was the debut of sculptor John Elwell’s latest aluminum masterpiece inspired by the Chrysler Building in New York.

Gerry Farrell of the Sladmore Gallery, the leading specialist for
Bugatti sculpture, was back with a superb selection of animal pieces by
Ettore’s brilliant brother Rembrandt complimented by an original Type
52 electric powered toy. Other automobilia on offer were a set of
lithographs by Edouard Montaut who designed the tiles for the Michelin
building at Brompton Cross. 

Masterpiece kicks off on 30 June and runs until 5 July 2011. Tickets are £20. See: www.masterpiecefair.com for more.

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