Auction of Aalholm classic vehicles rakes in over €10m



2015-06-26 11:19:05

Auction of Aalholm classic vehicles rakes in over €10m

14 Aug 2012, 10:52 GMT+01

Almost 100 years of automobile history, from 1896 to 1986, was auctioned off at RM Auctions’ sale of the Aalholm collection on August 12th.

Against the beautiful surrounds of Aalholm medieval castle and estate, the collection of 175 classic cars amassed by Baron J. O. Raben-Levetzau for his Aalholm Automobil Museum was sold with no reserves to an eager crowd of enthusiasts, for some impressive results.

The top seller was a rare 1938 Maybach Zeppelin DS8 Roadster, zooming to a price of €1.35 million, smashing a pre-auction valuation of just €119,700.

The highly anticipated 1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roi des Belges Tourer did not disappoint, fetching €708,000.

Other highlights included a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Drophead Coupe, sold for double its estimate at €542,000, a 1932 Hispano-Suiza HS26 Three-Position Drophead Coupe for €361,140, and a 1914 Benz 18/45 Four-Passenger Runabout for €300,950.

A stunning example of Henry Ford’s first production model, the 1903 Ford Model A, was sold for €120,380.

Post-Second World War favourites were the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/E sold for €195,620, the 1959 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupe for €60,000, the 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe for €45,100, and the 1972 Jaguar E-type Series III Roadster for €42,200.

It was not just vintage cars on offer at Aalholm. Some particularly interesting items included a c.1899 De Dion-Bouton motorised Tricycle. This fantastic little oddity achieved €48,905. A Wright Brothers replica plane dating from 1903 fetched €30,095, a c.1900 Velocipede penny farthing bicycle sold for €5,266, and a c.1915 horse-drawn petrol wagon sold for €14,295.

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