RM Sotheby’s Holds Its Biggest-Ever Villa Erba Sale, Grossing in Excess of €50 Million on the Shores of Lake Como

230523 RM Sotheby's VILLA ERBA SALE [678]
  • Sale headed by the incredible 1972 Ferrari 312 PB, which made €12,042,500
  • The incredible Aurora Collection achieves an astonishing €25,288,500
  • In a packed auction room, 14 cars sell for more than €1,000,000
  • 84% of all lots offered were sold
  • More information at rmsothebys.com

LONDON, ENGLAND – May 23, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – RM Sotheby’s has successfully conducted its biggest ever Villa Erba sale, grossing a remarkable €52,953,100 in front of a packed salesroom on the shores of Lake Como; a sale which was first established in 2011 in collaboration with the Concorso d’Elegenza Villa d’Este. The undeniable star attraction of the sale was the no reserve Aurora Collection, which sold for an astonishing cumulative value of €25,288,500 after hotly contested bidding throughout with a number of collectors in the room, on the telephones, and via the internet. Bidders from 37 countries were represented and 26% were new clients to RM Sotheby’s.

230523 RM Sotheby's VILLA ERBA SALE - 1972 Ferrari 312 PB

Aside from the Aurora Collection, the remarkable 1972 Ferrari 312 PB was undoubtedly the star of the show, being one of the most significant competition sports prototypes built by Ferrari. Attracting interest from around the world, this remarkable piece of motorsport history was the most expensive car sold on the night. The highly original World Sportscar Championship-winning 312 PB had achieved multiple overall victories during the 1972 season. With such rich Scuderia Ferrari Works competition history and so few ever seen on the public market, the car richly deserved the €12,042,500 it achieved.

230523 RM Sotheby's VILLA ERBA SALE - 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti

Ever since the announcement of The Aurora Collection, there was no doubt the enthusiasm behind the collection was unparalleled. The no reserve collection of 12 Ferraris and two Mercedes-Benzes spanned a remarkable 64 years of automotive history and had largely been hidden from the public eye in Sweden for a number of years. The mystique and exceptional quality of the examples certainly shone through in the sale. The lead car from the collection was the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti. Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful sports GT cars ever created, the Classiche-certified and matching-numbers example sold for €6,586,250. Another fine example rarely seen on the open market was a 1956 Ferrari 500 TR Spider by Scaglietti. Boasting extensive racing history in period, this highly eligible Ferrari sold for €3,717,500. Also worthy of note is the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti. This stunning four cam variant of one of the most beautiful Ferraris from the 1960s sold for a strong €2,817,500, demonstrating that fine examples of the golden era of V-12 Ferrari road cars are still very much in demand. It was not just vintage Ferraris that sold strongly however, with the one-owner-from-new 2019 Ferrari Monza SP1, the first of the model that had ever come to open market, sold for an impressive €2,423,750. A remarkable result from within The Aurora Collection was the 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina, which achieved a world record result for the model at auction, selling for an astonishing €635,000.

230523 RM Sotheby's VILLA ERBA SALE - 2019 Bugatti Chiron

Moving away from The Aurora Collection, the 2019 Bugatti Chiron was yet another modern supercar that sold strongly. This low-mileage, Grey Carbon and Nocturne example sold for a resounding €2,817,500. Moreover, the stunning Bianco Acrilico 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 by Bertone sold for €1,608,125, proving the strength of Lamborghini’s landmark model. Further highlights include the sale of the 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster for €961,250, underlining the strength of fine examples for one of the most iconic models ever built by Mercedes-Benz, and the iconic 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster, which was first owned and driven by Hollywood icon Clark Gable, which achieved an excellent €387,500.

Top Ten Lots in Villa Erba

1972 Ferrari 312 PB €12,042,500
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti €6,586,250
1956 Ferrari 500 TR Spider by Scaglietti €3,717,500
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti €2,817,500
2019 Bugatti Chiron €2,817,500
2019 Ferrari Monza SP1 €2,423,750
1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti €2,311,250
1989 Ferrari F40 €2,114,375
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 by Bertone €1,608,125
2011 Ferrari SA Aperta €1,523,750

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