Amelia Island auction is always a highlight of global calendar, and this year’s sale was another incredible success for RM Auctions. The official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, have successful weekend in Florida earning $26.8 million with over 92 percent of all lots sold.
The sale’s top offer, the beautiful 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Walker-LaGrande Convertible Coupe, one of only three produced and the only supercharged example, attracted immense interest, sold for an outstanding $4,510,000.
The second costliest was the 1933 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria, which attracted spirited bidding in the room and on the phones, eventually sold for $1,512,500. The final sales price represented double the car’s pre-sale estimate and a new marque record for a Stutz sold at auction. The results achieved for the Duesenberg and the Stutz in particular illustrate that great cars are continuing to attract great prices at auction.
Ferrari’s with V-12 powered, front-engined cars of the 1960s continuing to be in huge demand. The matching numbers 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, chassis 07751, stunning in classic Ferrari red and having been in single ownership for 37 years, was the third highest selling lot of the auction, realizing a strong $1,375,000. Further demand for the finest examples from Italy was the 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Berlinetta ‘Tuboscocca’, chassis 0168ED, a terrific example of one of Ferrari’s early race cars and one of only six made in period. Fourth most expensive copy sold for $1,237,500.
One of the mightiest Brass Era touring cars, the 1911 Lozier Model 51 Seven-Passenger Touring attracted enormous interest, sold for a remarkable $1,100,000 to become another lot to sell for more than twice its pre-sale estimate.
Other examples to be mentioned are 1930 Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet which is sold for $990,000, 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra sold for $836,000, 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourer, 1958 Merceds-Benz 300SL Roadster and 1930 Stutz SV16 Monte Carlo.
To mention a rare early production 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster, a car restored to the highest standards and boasting a double set of fitted luggage, which garnered a final sales price of $220,000 and the 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage, also a recipient of a world-class restoration and particularly spectacular in its ‘Black Pearl’ paintwork and caramel tan interior, which achieved $489,500, to equal the highest sum ever paid for a DB6 Vantage at auction.
RM continues its auction season with the presentation of the Don Davis Collection, April 27 in Fort Worth, Texas, closely followed by a triumphant return to Lake Como, Italy, May 25 for its biennial sale held during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend.