Gooding & Company’s Passion of a Lifetime sale played out to a select audience of in-room bidders at Hampton Court Palace, with a live stream picked up by viewers in 73 countries. All but one of the 15 cars from the single-owner collection found new homes, generating an impressive £34 million sale total. The catalogue cover star, an ex-King Leopold III of Belgium 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports with outstanding provenance and competition history, set a new world auction record for the marque, selling for £9,535,000.
The wonderfully elegant ex-Earl Howe 1937 Bugatti Type 57 S Atalante, regularly exercised since its Ivan Dutton restoration, fetched £7,855,000, while the 1928 Bugatti Type 35C with Grand Prix and Targa Florio history made £3,935,000.
Other highlights included a dry-sump 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV which attracted spirited bidding, finally hammered away for £3,207,000 (estimate £1,600,000 – 2,000,000); an ex-Prince Bira 1935 Aston Martin Ulster drew £1,583,000 (estimate £1,600,000 – 2,000,000); and a 1924 Vauxhall 30/98 OE-Type, believed to be one of just 12 with Wensum coachwork, became the most expensive Vauxhall to sell at auction when it raised £1,247,000 (estimate £800,000 – 1,200,000).
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Classic car auction results and prices for: Bugatti | Lamborghini | Aston Martin | Vauxhall
From: Gooding & Company
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