Nic Cage's 1954 Bugatti 101 to sell at Bonhams
A vintage Bugatti sports car once owned by Nicolas Cage is coming up for auction at Bonhams this week.
The car will be one of the leading lots of the Chantilly Sale on September 5 – a brand new classic car event which held in conjunction with the Arts and Elegance event at the Château de Chantilly.
The car in question is a highly rare 1954 Bugatti 101, one of the illustrious car manufacturer's rarest models. It's believed Cage – a renowned collector of classic cars – bought the Bugatti whilst filming Gone in Sixty Seconds, in which he played a car theif with a taste for the rarest and most valuable automobiles.
The car is now expected to cross the auction block with an estimated price of €1.5-€1.8 million ($1.68-$2.02 million).
“The 101 offered is one of just six 101s built, and the only one featuring this particular design of unique coupé coachwork by Antem," said Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring.
"It’s exceptionally stylish, with a beautiful black over red colour combination which is reflected in its vibrant red leather interior. Bugatti built two types, the 101 and the 101C, the latter, offered here, equipped with supercharger.”
Further notable lots at the Chantilly sale will include 1 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet estimated at €1.4-€1.7 million, a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT coupé estimated at €450,000-€550,000, a 1925 Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Le Mans Torpédo Sport valued at €600,000-€1 million, and a 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet C priced at €400,000-€500,000.
The Chantilly Arts & Elegance event will also include a Concourse d'Elegance competition for modern concept cars, and a Concourse d'Etat for classic cars from around the world.
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