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Bonhams announces new auction at the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart

Published 01 March 2014

Bonhams has announced that it will be hosting a sale at Mercedes-Benz Welt in Stuttgart, home of the German company's impressive museum collection, on 12 July 2014. The sale will feature a selection of 40 motor cars manufactured by the company.

The magnificent Mercedes-Benz Museum building outside the main factory gates in Stuttgart-Unterturkheim provides a stunning 16,500 square metre of state-of-the-art exhibition space, and is the perfect venue for the new Bonhams Mercedes-Benz Sale.

Worldwide consignments are anticipated and this Sale will celebrate the Mercedes-Benz marque's unrivalled entire history as one of the world's most forward-thinking motor car manufacturers. This world-class Sale will also celebrate the great German marque's strong relationship with Bonhams – the international motor car and fine art auctioneer.

The Bonhams motoring team has enjoyed excellent relations with Mercedes-Benz since the early 1990s. This affiliation was reinforced last summer when the two teams collaborated closely prior to the successful sale of the 1954 ex-Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196. This 2.5-litre straight-8 engined Grand Prix car was marketed by Bonhams to secure the World record auction price for any motor car of £19.6m.

James Knight, group director of the Bonhams Motoring Department, said: 'Following the great partnership that was formed between these two well-known brands when Bonhams so successfully sold the Mercedes-Benz W196 last year, it seemed a natural progression for us to work together once again to conduct a unique, single-marque auction at Mercedes-Benz's museum in 2014. We hope this will be the first of many future Bonhams Mercedes-Benz sales.'

Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic added: 'We share an idea with Bonhams: Both of us stand for unique and authentic vehicles. We regard classic vehicles as a key heritage for society. And valuing authenticity plays an important role in this. For this reason, we are delighted that the prestigious auction house Bonhams will offer a range of inimitable classic cars of Benz, Mercedes and Mercedes-Benz, but will not be offering any vehicles from its own collection.'

More at Bonhams' website

Bonhams: Mercedes-Benz museum sale, Stuttgart

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