RM Sotheby's bring Art Deco classics to shores of Lake Como

Bugatti Girl

Bugatti Girl

2017-03-24 16:32:05

RM Sotheby's has revealed early highlights from its forthcoming Villa Erba sale, which takes place in Italy on the picturesque shore of Lake Como.

Mirroring the beauty of the auction's surroundings is a selection of pre-war coach built automobiles, each epitomising the style of the Art Deco era.

First on the roster is a "jaw-dropping" 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Prototype (below), estimated at €2.800.000 - €3.200.000 ($3.02 - $3.45m).

(Images: RM Sotheby

(Images: RM Sotheby's)

Chassis no. 57254 is one of only three Atalante prototypes ever built, a remarkably rare matching-numbers example, and was originally delivered new to the Bugatti Works driver Meo Costantini.

Next up is a 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goute d’Eau’ Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi (top), known by enthusiasts simply as the 'Teardrop'.

Regarded as one of the most beautiful motor cars ever designed, and described as "nothing short of an Art Deco masterpiece on wheels", the Teardrop is just the second-ever car built with front fenders, and comes with an estimate of €3,200,000 - €4,200,000 ($3.45 - $4.53m).

The sale will also present a historic 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider 4th Series. Chassis no. 8513001 is the first 4th series car ever built, and is one of only two featuring coachwork by Carrozzeria Sport S.A.

Originally campaigned by Baron Horst Von Waldthausen in the 1932 Swiss Car Championship, the car later spent 48 years in single-ownership, and comes fully-restored with an estimated value of €2.200.000 - €2.600.000 ($2.37 - $2.81m).

Further highlights will include a 1957 BMW 507 Roadster Series I; a factory-fresh 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari; a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé Series II by Pinin Farina; and a 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner.

The RM Sotheby's Villa Erba sale takes place in conjunction with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este weekend on Saturday May 27.

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