Bonhams' Frederiksen Collection sale sets Danish auction record
Bonhams has conducted the biggest auction in Danish history, with the sale of the Frederiksen Collection of classic automobiles.
Assembled over several decades by Mr. Henrik Frederiksen, the collection – regarded as one of the finest of its kind in Europe – featured classics from illustrious makers such as Bentley, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Lagonda, Mercedes-Benz, Packard, Rolls-Royce and Stutz.
Attracting bids from collectors across the globe, many of whom flew in to attend in person, the collection of 48 cars achieved a total of DKK 162 million ($24 million), making it the highest-grossing public auction Denmark has ever seen.
“I’m absolutely delighted, Bonhams has done an incredible job. I now have to say goodbye to my wonderful cars, but I couldn’t be happier as I know each will bring joy to their new owner," said Frederiksen. "It’s quite astounding how many people turned out for the day, plus so many people bidding from across the world.”
Leading the sale was a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing Top Roadster, which set a Danish auction record of DKK 17,825,000 ($2,668,992).
A stunning group of 11 Rolls Royce motor cars was topped by a 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Skiff which realized DKK 7,475,000 ($1,119,255).
It was followed by a 1910 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost 'Balloon Car', that sold for DKK 4,312,500 ($645,724), and a 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Drophead Coupe once owned by Hedy Lemarr which fetched DKK 4,140,000 ($619,895).
“Henrik’s collection is truly incredible, certainly one of the best in Europe," said Jakob Greisen, head of Bonhams US Motoring Department. "We’re delighted that so many turned out for the day, enjoying the sunshine, enjoying the cars, and witnessing a world record breaking Bonhams auction. We’re delighted to have achieved such an excellent result for Mr. Frederiksen."
“There was an excellent atmosphere in the room, with everyone enjoying the day,” added auctioneer Malcolm Barber. “Auctions are a serious business, but they’re also excellent fun, and I think the people that came along to the sale very much enjoyed seeing these phenomenal cars, and watching the prices soar.”
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