Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

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We've assembled the list of the 100 most expensive cars ever sold at auction, all the imag...

This synopsis of the 100 most expensive cars ever sold at auction includes detailed images of all the cars, prices and links to the catalog descriptions, plus analysis of the marques and models which make up the top 100, which auctioneers sold them, when and where they sold ... a full snapshot of the hype-rare car marketplace.  Read More

This 1966 Ferrari 275 Gran Turismo Berlinetta Competizione Scaglietti won its class at the...

Ferrari dominates the rare car market with 53 percent of the most valuable cars ever sold at auction, 30 cars in the top 50, 14 cars in the top 20 and nine of the top ten. This 1966 Ferrari 275 Gran Turismo Berlinetta Competizione Scaglietti won its class at the Le Mans 24 Hours, Spa-Francorchamps 1000 km and 1969 Imola 500 km. It has since won concours events and is likely to become one the most expensive cars ever sold when it crosses the auction block next January in Scottsdale.  Read More

Bonhams' estimates the 1929 Brough Superior Alpine Grand Sports (top two) will fetch betwe...

The one liter V-twins from Brough Superior and Vincent are the world's two most sought-after motorcycles – that's a fact. Now two perfect examples will cross the block on the same day. The Alpine Grand Sports Brough will most likely become one of the top ten most expensive motorcycles.  Read More

An Apple 1 computer was sold for $905,000 last week

When it was announced earlier this month that a 1976 Apple 1 motherboard would be up for grabs at the Bonhams' History of Science auction in New York, we wondered whether the sale prices such artifacts have attracted in the past adequately reflects their value as landmark innovations. This sale looks to have bucked the trend in the most emphatic fashion, attracting a successful bid of US$905,000 and becoming the most expensive Apple computer ever sold.  Read More

The 100 most expensive motorcycles ever to sell at auction, in order, with the links to of...

UPDATED: October 19, 2014 Our list of the top 100 highest priced motorcycles ever sold at auction offers unprecedented perspective on the rare motorcycle marketplace. It includes full details and images of each bike, plus links to the official auction page and catalog descriptions.  Read More

According to Bonhams, around 200 of the Apple 1 computers were built and were the first pr...

We have previously argued here at Gizmag that the rate of technological advancement, which often banishes early iterations of a product to the realms of obsolescence, has obscured the true worth of some of our landmark innovations. As such, sales like the upcoming History of Science auction at Bonhams New York could provide fine opportunities for medium-term investments in rare collectibles, like a 1976 Apple 1 motherboard.  Read More

New French company Midual joined the limited-edition hyper-priced motorcycle marketplace t...

French company Midual has joined the limited-edition hyper-priced motorcycle marketplace with an ingenious redesign of the century-old horizontally-opposed motor, an aerospace-quality, cast-aluminum monocoque frame, bespoke personalization, a we-come-to-you service model, a rare standard of detail and craftsmanship, and a €140,000 (US$185,400) price tag.  Read More

Begun in 1950,  the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has grown in stature over the ...

Last weekend some of the world's biggest auction houses came together on the misty hills of Monterey for the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and automotive auction extravaganza. Featuring big names like RM Auctions, Bonhams, Gooding & Company, Mecum and Rick Cole, the weekend provided a number of surprises for buyers and watchers alike. Gizmag's Angus MacKenzie was on the ground for auction action that saw US$400 million change hands.  Read More

Two years ago, a Ferrari 250 GTO sold privately for US$32 million becoming the most expens...

It was the 26th anniversary of the death of Enzo Ferrari on Thursday (August 14), and "Il Commendatore" continues to cast a shadow over the automotive industry that is perhaps now more influential than ever. On Thursday one of his creations recaptured Ferrari's "most valuable car sold at auction record" when a 250 GTO sold for US$38,115,000. Perhaps even more importantly, by Sunday evening (August 17), we expect Ferraris will populate more than half the top 100 most valuable cars ever sold at auction, confirming Maranello is more dominant than ever in the automotive investment marketplace.  Read More

The sale includes memorabilia from the US and Soviet space programs

If you've ever wanted to own a space suit from the NASA Mercury project, or maybe a pack of gum that went to the Moon, here’s your chance. On Tuesday, Bonhams auction house is selling a bumper crop of space exploration artifacts as part of its sixth annual Space History Sale in New York. The auction will see 296 lots of memorabilia from the US and Soviet space programs go on the block, including a Mercury-era space suit.  Read More

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