RM Sotheby’s debut sale in St. Moritz on 17 September generated CHF16.3 million from its 23-car catalogue, headed by a restored 1958 BMW 507 with BMW Classic certification which was hammered away for CHF2,142,500 (estimate CHF2,000,000 – 2,200,000).
Both the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLs on offer found new homes, the Kienle-restored 1955 Gullwing at CHF1,383,125 (estimate CHF1,300,000 – 1,500,000), and the US-delivered 1961 Roadster, converted to European specification after arriving in Switzerland in 1990, made CHF1,130,000 (estimate CHF1,000,000 – 1,200,000).
Stand-out results among the supercars included a recently recommissioned 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort with only 961km that sailed past its CHF1,500,000 – 1,700,000 estimate, selling for CHF1,973,750; a 1,009-km 2012 Aston Martin One-77 fetched CHF1,720,625 (estimate CHF1,100,000 – 1,500,000); and a one-owner 3,697-km 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder with a 'Weissach' performance option took CHF1,411,250 (estimate CHF1,150,000 – 1,400,000).
Having recently set a world auction record for a Citroën 2CV at €141,960, the French auction house Aguttes tempted the same vendor to part with his remaining two ‘as new’ Charlestons in September. The €50,000 – 70,000 estimates were quickly dispatched, as once again bidding headed towards six figures, the red example with 18km selling for €120,300 and the grey car with 9km bringing €108,300.
Other highlights at the annual Peugeot Citroën sale included a 1988 Citroën CX Prestige with chauffeur division that was used by Jacques Chirac during his time as Mayor of Paris. Guided at €60,000 – 80,000, it changed hands for €84,300, while strong demand also saw a 42,800-km 1988 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 in a well-preserved unrestored condition taking €48,300 (estimate €26,000 – 35,000).
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