Top 10 most expensive cars sold at auction
How many are Ferraris, and what other makes appear in this list? Following RM Sotheby's Petersen Automotive Museum sale, even the cheapest here is over $20m
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Series II
$48,405,000. Sold at RM Sotheby's, Monterey, US. August 2018
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Series I
$38,115,000. Sold at Bonhams, The Quail, Monterey, US. August 2014
1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti
$35,700,000. Sold at Artcurial, Paris, France. February 2016
1954 Mercedes-Benz W196
$29,600,000. Sold at Bonhams, Goodwood Festival of Speed, UK. July 2013
1956 Ferrari 290 MM
$28,050,000. Sold at RM Sotheby’s, New York, US. October 2015
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 S NART Spider
$27,500,000. Sold at RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, US. August 2013
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale by Scaglietti
$26,400,000. Sold at RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, US. August 2014
1964 Ferrari 410 Sport
$23,000,000. Sold at Rick Cole, Monterey, US. August 2014
1956 Aston Martin DBR1
$22,550,000. Sold at RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, US. August 2017
1956 Ferrari 290 MM
$22,005,000. Sold at RM Sotheby's, Los Angeles, US. December 2018
There are rumours of Ferrari 250 GTOs having sold privately for £35 million, perhaps £40 million, and we now know that one has sold for a claimed $70 million (£52m). But the most accurate figures come from auctions.
This year there have been three new entries to the top 10, with one already being shuffled back out after RM Sotheby's Petersen Automotive Museum December 2018 sale.
At Monterey Car Week in August, the highest price ever paid at auction was shattered by a 250 GTO Series II that reached $48,405,000. The day before, a Duesenberg SSJ Roadster sold for $22 million, making it the most expensive pre-war car and most expensive American car ever sold at auction.
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It's already been moved out of the top 10, with a Ferrari Classiche-certified 1956 Ferrari 290 MM previously raced by Formula 1 legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Peter Collins and Sir Stirling Moss selling for $22,005,000 in December.
The figures in the Top 10 are shown in dollars first, because it is the currency of the top-price cars. However, the third-placed car, sold in Paris, does hold the record for the highest-priced car sold in euros or pounds sterling.
You’ll notice they’re almost all Ferraris, with just an Aston Martin and a Mercedes-Benz breaking the Italian marque's stronghold on the top 10.
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