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— Automotive

Paris collectible car auctions: Barnfind Ferrari 250 GT California Spider sells for US$18.45 million

By - February 6, 2015 71 Pictures
The world’s greatest ever barnfind, the Baillon Collection, went under the auctioneer's gavel this afternoon in Paris with most of the cars fetching in excess of their estimates, topped by a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider which fetched US$18.45 million (a hammer price of €16.3 million) to become one of the top five most expensive cars ever to sell at auction. Read More
— Motorcycles

Sons of guns: Winchester motorcycles return to the auction block

By - February 4, 2015 27 Pictures
In 2013, one of only two Winchester motorcycles known to exist sold at auction for what was then a world record price of US$580,000. The other Winchester failed to meet reserve and was passed in with a high bid of $520,000. Our article on the Winchesters makes for interesting reading because it concludes that the American Gun marketplace is buoyant that the Winchester's gun provenance had elevated the value of the motorcycles beyond the normal motorcycle marketplace. Now the bikes have been entrusted to the world's foremost firearm auctioneers, James D. Julia, for sale in March. Records can be expected to fall. Read More
— Automotive

Retromobile preview: The barnfind of the century finally goes to auction

By - February 3, 2015 204 Pictures
The Paris/Retromobile round of collectible car and bike auctions gets underway this week with sales by Artcurial, Bonhams and RM. Though dozens of cars will sell for more than a million dollars, the world's most important barnfind, the Baillon Collection, will be the star of the show. We've designed this article and the hi-res image gallery to highlight all of the important cars, motorcycles and selected automobilia on offer this week in Paris. If you flick through the image gallery, you can click directly through from the high resolution image to the auction description for any items that may interest you. Read More
— Automotive

Ayrton Senna's kart may become the cheapest Senna memorabilia yet

By - February 3, 2015 32 Pictures
A successful career in karting is now part of a driver's preparation for Formula One. All current drivers and 29 of the last 30 F1 champions began by racing karts. Senna, Schumacher and Hamilton had karts at four years of age, while Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel both started at three. If karting is now such an important part of a driver's career, how much is the kart that Ayrton Senna raced to fourth place in the 1981 world karting championship worth as memorabilia? Read More
— Inventors and Remarkable People

Alan Turing's "hidden" manuscript heads to auction

By - January 23, 2015 2 Pictures
Among his many achievements, British computer science pioneer Alan Turing created one of the first theoretical models of a general-purpose computer, helped develop the concept of artificial intelligence, and was in charge of breaking the German Enigma cypher during World War II. With the recent release of the film The Imitation Game, he's now becoming known to a whole new generation. It's only fitting, therefore, that a rare collection of his scientific notes is about to head to auction. Read More
— Automotive

Pininfarina's aerodynamic 1960 X Concept was 50 years ahead of its time

By - January 6, 2015 15 Pictures
The name Pininfarina is synonymous with expensive and elegant Italian sports cars such as the Maserati GranTurismo, Alfa Romeo Spyder and a log file of Ferraris such as the 365 GTB/4, Enzo, F40 and Testarossa. The global design legend does much more than style beautiful cars though, and ample testimony will appear at auction this week in the form of a little known 1960s concept car. With its four wheels arranged in a diamond shape, the tiny aerodynamic four-seater Pininfarina-X had a drag coefficient of 0.23, indicating that Pininfarina was a long way ahead of the rest of the world in exploring the critical area of aerodynamics, long before it was fashionable. Read More
— Motorcycles

Living art: 60-year-old motorized cutaway BSA Gold Star to break auction records

By - January 4, 2015 28 Pictures
A 60-year-old fully-functioning "cutaway" BSA Gold Star motorcycle will be one of the stars of several collectible motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas later this week. The entire internals of the motorcycle, including the drive train and suspension are all visible as they work. It's living art for the mechanically fascinated! Built by BSA for the 1956 Earls Court Motorcycle Show in London and restored by Harris Vincent Gallery. Records will fall. Read More
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