Offers started rolling in on Thursday for the vehicles, which included two BMWs, two Alfa Romeos and two Lancias. The government said that over the next three weeks, a total of 151 "nonessential" cars would be sold.
The first set of cars to go under the hammer - which were once owned by the Interior Ministry – had attracted bids totaling $82,000 by 6.00 a.m. London time on Friday morning.
A 2009 BMW 525 with 141,163 kilometers on the clock had received 45 bids, taking its price to 15,650 euros ($21,511). The Diesel-powered, used car was available for pickup from the Rome area and could be purchased by a wire transfer.
A 2007 grey Alpha Romeo 166, with 126.718 kilometers on the clock, was at 8,600 euros ($11,821) after 59 bids. The auction will end on April 6.