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A Grand Sale at the Grand Palais – Lord Raglan’s Bugattis Realise Over €1.2M at Bonhams’ Paris Sale

1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Two Seater
1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Two Seater

KING BAUDOUIN OF BELGIUM’S 1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 SPORTS SALOON SELLS FOR €333,500 – A WORLD RECORD AUCTION PRICE FOR THE MODEL

The 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Two-Seater owned by the late Fitzroy John Somerset, the 5th Baron Raglan (1927-2010), Patron and former Chairman of the Bugatti Owners’ Club and trustee of the Bugatti Trust, sold for a remarkable €943,000 yesterday afternoon at Bonhams’ sale of Motor Cars in Paris. A packed saleroom in one of the French capital’s most prestigious venues, the Grand Palais, saw competitive bidding from within the room and on the telephones. The car, which was restored lovingly in 1979 over the course of two and a half years by Lord Raglan himself, was eventually bought by a French private collector.

Also from the Estate of Lord Raglan was a 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Cabriolet, with coachwork by Figoni, which sold for €333,500.

Another sale highlight was King Baudouin of Belgium’s 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Sports Saloon, which made €333,500, a world record price for the model. The car, described in Autocar magazine (1953) as ‘an expensive car designed to cater for the connoisseur of sports cars who is not limited by financial considerations’, was supplied new to the King in February 1955.

Meanwhile the unique 1961 Cadillac ‘Jacquelline’ Coupe, which was created by the Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina in honour of America’s First Lady, sold for €212,750. Significantly, the car was first exhibited in the same venue as this sale, the Grand Palais, at the 1961 Paris Salon.

Top prices were also paid for a 1930 Bugatti Type 46, this time a Faux Cabriolet by Veth & Zoom, which sold for €632,500, a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet, which fetched €506,000 and a 1992 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Landaulette, which made €483,000.

In the Motorcycle section, which realised a fantastic €375,705 in total, top lots included a 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight, which sold for €55,200, a 1936 Brough Superior 982cc SS80, which made €44,850 and a 2005 Orange County Chopper, which fetched €34,500.

Whilst in the Automobilia section, a rare Mickey Mouse mascot, circa 1929, was the star lot, realising €19,200.

In total, the sale, which attracted busy viewing and a large attendance throughout its two-day exhibition at the Grand Palais, realised near to €10 million with 73% sold by lot. [Bonhams]

Also, John Lennon’s 1965 Ferrari 330 GT, which was scheduled to be auctioned by Bonhams at the Grand Palais in Paris, has been withdrawn.

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