The auction organized by the California company Gooding & Company in the luxurious surroundings of Hampton Court Palace, in London, was a great success for collectors and ended with a total transaction amount of £939 22,811.
The official partner of the Hampton Court Palace Concours d’Élégance, Gooding & Company organized its second sale in England on this occasion and the collectors were there: 31 of the 39 lots offered at auction during this London sale have changed owners. , at an average price of £735,869.
Seven of them broke the £1 million model mark, including a Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione from the Maranello workshops in 1960, for which its new owner spent £7,762,500.
This Ferrari thus produced the best sale of the day before a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Cabriolet sold for £2,925,000, and a 1956 Porsche 550 Spyder sold for £2,025,000. The latter has also created a small sensation: a 40-year-old single-family property, it was presented in “barn-revived” condition and saw its final sale price greatly exceed its initial estimate.
A new world record for the Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ model
Among other lots sold in London, a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS also did well, finding a buyer for £1,350,000, while a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ chassis set a new world record for a Giulia model sold at auction. This car, owned by Zagato, had a well-known competitive history and was beautifully presented. It changed hands for £1,181,250.
The last two lots to find a buyer for over a million pounds each were a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (sold for £1,125,000) and a 1932 Bentley Eight Liter Sports Saloon, sold for £1,096,875.
This Bentley 8.0 Liter Sports Saloon was part of The Timeless Collection, a collection of iconic Bentley models assembled by a European specialist. It also included a 1932 Bentley 8.0-litre Sports Tourer with a short chassis and bodywork designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, for which a fan spent £759,375.
Finally, this Gooding & Company sale was associated with Gregor Fisken (Fisken Ltd) for this London event, and the latter company provided the family with a Citroën 2CV6 for sale. Proceeds from the sale of this 1987 chassis, known as ‘Dolly’, went to a Ukrainian charity (Voices of Children) working to help children and families affected by the war in Ukraine. ‘Dolly’ eventually fetched £33,750, to which the seller generously added £40,000 to donate to the charity concerned.
Photo: Alfa Romeo TZ Giulia 1965 – Credit: Gooding