Gone in 2 hours: $62 million worth of cars
It might be a new speed record: $62.8 million worth of cars sold in two hours.
The "Art of the Automobile" auction held by Sotheby's and RM Auctions surpassed its lofty estimate of $50 million Thursday, when it sold off 31 gleaming vintage cars, along with two motorcycles and seven pieces of artwork.
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The sale shows that, with markets at all-time highs, the wealthy continue to pour money into top collectibles—especially art and cars. The sale was also the first major collectible car auction in Manhattan in a decade.
The bidders came from 17 countries, showing that the collectible car market—like the art market—has become far more global in recent years.
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"The sale has successfully brought many new collectors into the market for the first time, which is fantastic news for our hobby," said Rob Myers, CEO and founder of RM Auctions.
The king of the auction was a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti—a race car that sold for $14.3 million. That was in the middle of its estimate of between $12 million and $15 million. The previous record for a Ferrari LM was $6.9 million.
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The second-highest price was for a 1938 Talbot-Lago Teardrop Cabriolet. The swooping, white cruiser went for $7.15 million, below its estimate of $8 million to $10 million.
Another notable car was a 1954 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder that sold for $4.45 million. More than half of the 31 lots fetched over $1 million.
Here is the full list of the top 10 sales:
Top 10 Sales, “Art of the Automobile” Auction
|1964 Ferrari 250 LM
by Carrozzeria Scaglietti
|1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet
by Figoni et Falaschi
|1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB
|1954 Maserati A6G/2000
Spyder by Carrozzeria Zagato
|1955 Ferarri 250
Europa GT Coupé
|1936 Delahaye Type 135
Competition Court Teardrop
Coupé by Carrosserie Figoni et Falaschi
|1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
Continental Sports Coupé by Freestone & Webb
|2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4
Grand Sport Bleu Nuit
|1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK ll
'Supersonic' by Carrozzeria Ghia
|1961 Ferrari 250 GT
Cabriolet Series ll
—By CNBC's Robert Frank. Follow him on Twitter