By Culturekiosque Staff
PARIS, 7 FEBRUARY 2011 The 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix
Two-Seater owned by the late Fitzroy John Somerset, the 5th Baron Raglan
(1927 - 2010), Patron and former Chairman of the Bugatti Owners' Club
and trustee of the Bugatti Trust, sold for â‚¬943,000 including fees on
Saturday 5 February at Bonhams' sale of Motor Cars in Paris. A
packed saleroom in the Grand Palais, saw competitive bidding from
within the room and on the telephones. The car, which was restored in
1979 over the course of two and a half years by Lord Raglan himself, was
eventually bought by a French private collector.
The 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Two-Seater
the late Fitzroy John Somerset, the 5th Baron Raglan
Also from the Estate of Lord Raglan was a 1930 Bugatti Type 46
Cabriolet, with coachwork by Figoni, which sold for â‚¬333,500.
1930 Bugatti Type 46 Cabriolet
Another sale highlight was King Baudouin of Belgium's 1955 Aston Martin
DB2/4 Sports Saloon, which made â‚¬333,500, a world record price for the
model. The car, described in Autocar magazine (1953) as 'an
expensive car designed to cater for the connoisseur of sports cars who is
not limited by financial considerations', was supplied new to the King in
Meanwhile the unique 1961 Cadillac 'Jacquelline' Coupé, which was
created by the Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina in honour of America's
First Lady, sold for â‚¬212,750. Significantly, the car was first exhibited
in the same venue as this sale, the Grand Palais, at the 1961 Paris
1961 Cadillac Eldorado Pinifarina Jacqueline
Top prices were also paid for a 1930 Bugatti Type 46, this time a Faux
Cabriolet by Veth & Zoom, which sold for â‚¬632,500; a 1937
Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet, which fetched â‚¬506,000; and a 1992
Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Landaulette, which made â‚¬483,000.
1990 Rolls-Royce Phantom 6 cream Landaulette
In the Motorcycle section, which realised a fantastic â‚¬375,705 in
total, top lots included a 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight, which sold for
â‚¬55,200; a 1936 Brough Superior 982cc SS80, which made â‚¬44,850; and a 2005
Orange County Chopper, which fetched â‚¬34,500.
1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight
Whilst in the Automobilia section, a rare Mickey Mouse mascot, circa
1929, was the star lot, realising â‚¬19,200.
In total, the sale, which attracted busy viewing and a large attendance
throughout its two-day exhibition at the Grand Palais, realised
â‚¬10.1 million ($13.7 million) with 73% sold by lot.
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