RM Sotheby’s returns to New York City, hosting an exclusive boutique sale during Sotheby’s Luxury Week on 8 December 2023
- The unforgettable automotive star of the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street
- The “hero car” driven by Leonardo DiCaprio, who played high-flying financier Jordan Belfort; used alongside a similar car that was dramatically destroyed in a memorable scene
- The most advanced iteration of the legendary Countach, featuring improvements developed by the great Horacio Pagani
- Said to be one of 12 US-specification examples delivered in Bianco Polo over Bianco
- An already iconic supercar that is further elevated and immortalized by its time on the silver screen
BLENHIEM, CANADA – August 2, 2023 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Home to the financial markets on Wall Street as well as the fashion houses of Fifth Avenue, New York City is a worldwide hub for high-end luxury. RM Sotheby’s, the leading private sales and auctioneer of premium collectibles, is pleased to announce that it will once again bring the world’s most desirable luxury motor cars to the cosmopolitan city with a dedicated auction hosted at Sotheby’s global New York headquarters during its December Luxury Week sale series. This fourth iteration of the company’s New York sale will celebrate the cutting edge of automotive design, presenting an expertly curated roster of history’s most iconic automobiles from the world’s most admired marques.
An automotive icon in the world of film and pertinent to the location of the upcoming New York sale is the 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary which starred in Martin Scorsese’s 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street. Sharing the screen with Leonardo DiCaprio, the Bianco Polo over Bianco Countach represented an ultimate acquisition for Jordan Belfort, the film’s real-life financial “Wolf,” as it did for many in the late 1980s. One of the most memorable vehicles in modern film history—having transcended the boundaries of its own automotive legacy and embraced the realm of timeless cinematic artistry—is made rarer still with, only 12 were believed to have been made in this specification (estimated at $1,500,000-$2,000,000).
Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street used not one, but two Countach sports cars in similar configurations. For the most memorable scene, a nighttime drive with an inebriated DiCaprio, a second Countach was depicted with lifelike damage. This example, the movie’s hero car, remained pristine and unharmed. With its star turn, this cinematic Countach is undeniably world famous. A timeless fusion of automotive and cinematic zeitgeist, chassis number KLA12722 is an iconic example that intertwines the legacies of Lamborghini and Hollywood, and serves as an emblem to multiple generations.
Clad in its rare all-white color scheme, paired with its on-screen pedigree, this Countach is the first collector car announced for RM Sotheby’s boutique New York sale—an exclusive auction of extraordinary automobiles held during Sotheby’s Luxury Week on 8 December. Watch for more exceptional highlights coming soon.
Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s, stated, “The ‘Wolf’ Countach, along with the other cars that will be on offer, perfectly embodies what we set out to accomplish when we decided to host a sale during Sotheby’s Luxury Week. Scorsese, DiCaprio, Lamborghini, and New York—all make for an incredible pedigree. The sale will feature other similar cars—unique, highly collectible, with a degree of provenance, low mileage, or one-off specifications. Our team has a great track record of curating boutique sales such as this, and we look forward to showcasing this during Luxury Week.”
Sotheby’s Luxury Week
Luxury Week is a multi-category sales series that showcases the best of the best in each of Sotheby’s Luxury Division’s disciplines. Encompassing exquisite jewelry, watches, collector cars, designer handbags, books & manuscripts, natural history, sneakers, wine & whiskey, luxury real estate and more, Sotheby’s Luxury Week is a testament to both the rare and the exceptional.
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RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house by total sales. With over 40 years of proven results in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from auctions (live and online) and private sales to estate planning and financial services, coupled with an expert team of Car Specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM Sotheby’s is currently responsible for seven of the top ten most valuable motor cars ever sold at auction.
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