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Report: Bonhams classic car auction, Arizona, 14 January

Published 21 January 2014

Bonhams’ third annual auction during the Scottsdale Car Week almost doubled last year’s sale total and quadrupling that of the first year, with a-near £15m total hammered away on the day. Highlights of the sale were the bidding wars for the top-selling Alfa Romeo 6C and Ferrari 212.

The 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Supercharged Zagato Gran Sport Spider (below) made a new world auction record for the model at £1,873,000 ($3,080,000), while the the 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Berlinetta (above) – was bought for £1,940,000 ($3,190,000) by an American collector seated in the audience after a long and bidding battle between other collectors in the room and on the phones.

Another Ferrari that attracted intense interest was the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C – when it exceeded its pre-sale estimate and made £1,605,650 ($2,640,000), whereas the multiple award-winning 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC achieved a significant sales price of (£488,000) $803,000. A nicely preserved 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Supercharged Sports Phaeton unsurprisingly attracted bids from around the world and was sold to a well-known marque collector by telephone for £869,700 ($1,430,000).

James Knight, Group Motoring Director at Bonhams, said: 'Our US department delivered strong growth in 2013 and have continued the trend into 2014 with a tremendous Scottsdale auction. We are being entrusted with an ever-increasing volume of high-end cars and repaying our clients’ faith in us by achieving record results. We look forward to our next important auction at the magnificent Grand Palais in Paris next month.'

Alfa Romeo 6C

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