RM Sotheby's brings Art Automobiles back to Manhattan

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2015-07-10 10:00:47

RM Sotheby's has announced details of its second 'Art of the Automobile' sale, set to take place in Manhattan later this year.

The sale will offer a carefully-curated selection of 30 blue-chip automobiles, each chosen for their rarity, historic significance and contribution to engineering and design.

“Returning to the global stage of New York City is particularly special this year as we’ve entered into partnership with Sotheby’s," said Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Sotheby’s. "We are looking forward to once again hosting a world-class exhibition and auction with our new colleagues.”

The first vehicle announced for the sale is a unique Lamborghini Concept car built in 2006.

The Lamborghini Concept S was conceived by the company's head of design Luc Donckerwolke, as an extreme interpretation of an open-top Lamborghini Gallardo. A non-running design was introduced to the public at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, before this fully operational, street-legal example was built in 2006.

The radical design captured the public's imagination, but high costs and a lengthy production time meant the first car off the line, chassis 001, would also be the last. This one-of-a-kind supercar will now be offered with an estimated value of $2.4-$3 million.

“The Gallardo Concept S is downright wild and an absolutely perfect car to be featured within the 10th floor galleries at Sotheby’s," said Ian Kelleher, Managing Director of RM Sotheby’s West Coast division. "The Lamborghini’s blend of avant-garde style and uniqueness sets the tone for what will be a theme carried throughout the entire catalogue. As we carefully curate the 2015 New York offering, we will continue to place a strong emphasis on significant design contribution throughout automotive history. It will undoubtedly be another watershed event.”

The 2015 auction follows on from the inaugural Art of the Automobile sale in 2013, which saw RM Auctions and Sotheby's team up for the first time prior to their merger in 2014. The record-breaking sale realized an extraordinary $63 million in just two hours of bidding, and set the bar for selling classic cars as genuine works of art.

The RM Sotheby's Manhattan sale will take place on November 18.

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