Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Art of the Automobile: Brought to you by RM Auctions and Sotheby's

The shear magnitude of this event, from so many different perspectives is staggering.  Gross Sales.  The chosen Venue and the history of NYC auctions.  The offerings - all types and classes - capped with a most fabulous Ferrari 250LM for $14MM.  I met Rob Meyers in 1986 and admired the man and his energy.  Obviously some thirty years later, surrounded by a cast of many, Rob has trumped the business once again.  Over $60MM sold in a couple of hours, accompanied by several record prices.  Well done indeed!

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

RM Auctions Art of the Automobile – Photo Gallery

The RM Auctions and Sotheby’s Art of the Automobile sale and exhibition was staged November 18-21, 2013 in New York City. The first major collector car auction to be held in Manhattan in over a decade saw 31 automobiles and two motorcycles vehicles cross the auction block.
With the auction cars presented within a gallery setting on the 10th floor of Sotheby’s New York City headquarters, this groundbreaking sale focused on the automobile not simply as a machine, but as an art form in its own right. The presentation was stunning, with a wonderful selection of cars, each one more breathtaking than the next, displayed in the rooms normally reserved for Sotheby’s more traditional fine art auctions. Many of the vehicles were set against unique backdrops — a huge period racing image behind the Plymouth Road Runner Superbird and Figoni and Falaschi drawings behind the Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet — that made each presentation stand out. The lighting was spot-on and the scene was certainly unique, creating a buzz in the room that can be attributed to the wonderfully executed collaboration between RM Auctions and Sotheby’s that brought collector cars to the forefront of New York City. Well done, we say.

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