Bonhams Goodwood revival sale tops £10.7 million

Manx Lover

Manx Lover

2017-09-11 13:49:56

The recent Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale saw rare and valuable collector cars flying off the block, achieving a result of more than £10 million.

With numerous cars soaring above their estimates, the auction realized a final total of £10,731,518 ($14.15 million).

"I am delighted with the results across the board," said James Knight, Bonhams Global Motoring Chairman. "In a busy week for the UK motor auction world it was very pleasing to see our sale lead the way.

The centrepiece of the sale was the collection of legendary British racing driver 'Gentleman Jack' Sears.

Sears was a two-time winner of the British Touring Car Championship, first in its inaugural year in 1958, then again in 1963, during which he drove a 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 (picture, top).

That very same car led the collection at Bonhams, fetching a world-record price of £471,900 ($622,650) to applause around the packed auction room.

Further top lots from Sears' collection included a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta which sold for £606,300; a 1948 MG Midget TC Roadster which sold for £28,750; and a 1996 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth Sports Saloon which sold for and £25,300.

Strong six-figures sales were the order of the day, with impressive results achieved by a 1952 Bentley R-Type Continental and 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon, both of which sold for £561,500; the ex-Alan Good/Doreen Good, 1935 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Monte Carlo Rally Team Car which realized £371,100; and a 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre 'Flat Floor' Roadster which sold for £309,500.

Aside from the cars themselves, the sale also featured a wealth of historic motoring memorabilia, with many pieces offered from the family collection of Donald and Geoffrey Healey.

Standout lots from the collection included the 1951 Mille Miglia 'Franco Mazzotti' silver trophy awarded to Geoffrey Healey which sold for £11,875, and a scratchbuilt 1:8 scale model of an Austin-Healey 100 which sold for £4,000.

"Our long-standing association with the motoring fraternity enabled us to offer historically important collections and we were honoured to represent the Sears and Healey families," said Knight.

"Both collections enjoyed competitive global bidding and sold spectacularly well, thus proving the continued power of provenance in the motoring market."

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