When you see some of entertainment's most iconic vehicles go up for auction, such as a "General Lee" 1969 Dodge Charger from the Dukes of Hazzard, or Fonzie's 1949 Triumph Trophy from Happy Days, it might come as some surprise that a small model of a spaceship outstripped them all. Well, until you consider the devotion of a true Star Wars fan that is. A filming miniature of the Blockade Runner, the first flying ship to appear in 1977's Episode IV - A New Hope sold for US$450,000 at Profiles in History auction over the weekend, with a hoard of other Hollywood gems not all that far behind.
A real automotive rarity went under the hammer at Bonhams over the weekend with the only known 1905 Woods Queen Victoria Brougham selling for DKK632,500 (US$94,548). Part of the Frederiksen auction at Ebeltoft, Denmark on September 26, the electric vehicle acts as a window into the early days of motor cars when new technologies fought for supremacy on the roads and in the show rooms.
Several culturally significant cars and motorcycles from the sixties and seventies are going to auction in the near future: Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche 356, Steve’s 1958 Chevrolet Impala from American Graffiti, "Black Beauty" from The Green Hornet, Evel Knievel's Harley-Davidson Stratocycle, the Triumph motorcycle ridden by the Fonz in the TV sitcom Happy Days, and Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s Triumph "Sunset Tripper" from The Song Remains The Same.
Early 20th Century Harley Davidson motorcycles are rare enough items in themselves. But when one surfaces that was uncommon even when new, and from a line of racing models largely destroyed over the years in the pursuit of speed, you know that you probably have an exceptionally scarce item on your hands. So when a barn-find Harley-Davidson racing machine and sidecar is found after 50-plus years in storage in Australia and then sent to auction, the bidding is sure to be fierce. With a final winning bid of AUD$600,000 – and a new Australian auction record – that was certainly the case.
It's not all that long ago, that a car selling at auction for more than the magical million dollar mark would bring a round of applause, recognizing the significance of the sale. The continuing rise in values of top tier collectible cars has now seen more than 1300 cars fetch more than a million dollars, with hundreds more sold each year and 2015 set for a new record. Less than a month after Monterey Car Week saw more than 80 "Million Dollar Cars" sell, a further 14 cars topped the magic million dollar mark across six auctions in eight days. Despite some forebodings that the collectible car market had finally "topped out", it appears that predictions of its demise were somewhat premature.
Monterey Car Week's auctions began on a positive note tonight when the Pinnacle Portfolio became the most valuable single owner car collection ever sold at auction. Sales from the 25-car auction totaled more than US$67 million, exceeding the previous record by nearly 25 percent. The top sellers were a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, which sold for $17,600,000, and a 1998 McLaren F1 "LM-Specification", which sold for $13,750,000. Nearly half the cars in the collection set new world records for the models.
Only 18 cars have ever sold at auction for more than US$10 million. It's illustrative that 11 of those cars have sold during the mid–August Monterey Car Week auctions surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours
d’Elegance. This year that number might rise dramatically as there are 10 cars
going to auction over a three day period that are estimated to surpass the $10
An Enigma machine, used by Germany to send encrpted communications during World War II, has been sold at auction in London. The machine, which was constructed in 1943, is one of few that survived the conflict intact, as the German military was given orders to destroy the machines as it retreated.
This genuine supercharged 5.4 liter car originated in Mercedes-Benz' legendary Singelfinden works eighty years ago and it's one of the finest examples of one of the world's most valuable models, yet it will struggle to get much more than 10 percent of its potential value when it goes to auction later this week. Why? Read on ...
One of only two Mk.1 Spitfires still able to fly today has sold for a record amount at Christie's auctions. The gavel fell at £3,106,500 (US$4,784,010) on the painstakingly restored RAF Spitfire P9374, far exceeding pre-auction estimates of £2.5m.