Market: Bonhams sells 2 VEV, Bond cars and 'The Bridge' 911
All but one car sells at the record breaking Goodwood Festival of Speed auction, with records broken and a star appearance from Sofia Helin, who plays TV detective Saga Noren
The ‘2 VEV’-registered 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato (above) raced by Jim Clark for the Essex Racing Stable sold to a European collector for £10,081,500 to head Bonhams' highest grossing UK motor car sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
£32.3m worth of classics sold during the 70%-sold afternoon. Although some pundits thought that the twice-crashed-and-rebuilt Aston might have fetched more, at £10.1m this was still the most valuable British car ever sold at European auction.
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The BMW 507 Roadster owned from new in 1957 by the late John Surtees sold to another very determined European buyer for £3,809,500 against a pre-sale estimate of 2,000,000-2,500,000. It set a new world record for the most valuable BMW ever sold under the hammer.
Meanwhile the highest priced contemporary supercar in the tent, an only 550km 2012 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, another one owner car, with ‘The Last Super Sport’ engraved kick-plates, achieved £2,045,500. This was top estimate money, from a bidder in the auction tent.
Despite the ageing process reducing the fan base, there is still plenty of bidding life left in certain pre-WW2 artefacts, such as this ex-Scuderia Ferrari 1932/4 Alfa Romeo Tipo B Monoposto Grand Prix (below).
The Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth 1935 Donington GP-winning and Brooklands-raced Alfa was converted to a two-seater road-going sports by Vic Derrington in the late 1940s but has been in single-seater spec since the 1980s. It raised a still racey £4,593,500 with premium from telephone bidder.
One of the 50 original ‘Blower Bentleys’ also performed well under the hammer, the Supercharged 1931 4½-Litre with Vanden Plas Team Car style open coachwork selling for £2,017,500.
Already the most valuable piece of Bond memorabilia ever sold at auction, the Guinness World Records-certificated 1965 Aston Martin DB5 chassis 1885/R that was one of two DB5s driven by Pierce Brosnan’s 007 during the opening dice-sequence with Famke Janssen’s Ferrari F355 in Golden Eye sold this time for £1,961,500. The Brosnan Bond era Aston with custom-made Champagne holder had been guided at £1,200,000-1,600,000.
The buyer of the 007 DB5 was Skyscape, an education and entertainment firm focusing on the world of espionage and secret intelligence, who also added a Spectre movie 2014 Land Rover Defender SVX with Bowler upgrades to their portfolio for a record busting £365,500. The Spectre Defender, one of only ten built and complete with marks on the bonnet left by the stuntmen, had been estimated at £220,000-250,000.
The ex-Team Lotus 1965 Lotus Cortina Mk1, raced in period by Jim Clark, John Whitmore and Jack Sears and Festival of Speed-demonstrated 2008-2013, sold for £191,900. Whereas £107,900 bought the once Alan Mann Racing run, Paul Hawkins, Jackie Ickx and Frank Gardner-driven Lotus Cortina Mk2 with 1.6 Cosworth BDA. The ex-works 1954 AC Ace, rallied by John Gott and raced by Paul Fletcher and Bob Staples, made an equally impressive £404,700.
Sofia Helin, who plays homicide detective Saga Noren in the ‘Scandi-noir’ TV series The Bridge, introduced the 1977 Porsche 911S coupé she drove on screen in the cult TV show, before it was hammered away for a hugely applauded £141,500, seven times its pre-sale estimate, with the proceeds benefiting the WaterAid charity. But then the D 2 registration had just sold for £203,100!
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