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Barn find Aston steals the show at Beaulieu sale

Published 07 September 2016

A 'barn find' Aston Martin DB4 with no front wheels or seats sold for £203,100 at Bonhams Beaulieu sale on 3 September.

‘This rare Series I DB4, the 78th of 149 built, was the perfect barn find Aston Martin for our Beaulieu sale, and deserved to take top estimate,’ said Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK head of motoring. ‘Over the years it had fallen into disrepair but, once restored, we expect it to have been a worthwhile project.’

Bonhams sale at the 50th annual Autojumble saw more than 400 lots of motor cars, motorcycles, and rare automobilia go under the hammer, collectively achieving a grand total of £3.1million for the sale, with 84% of lots sold.

Also selling well was a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupé. Originally owned by King Hussein of Jordan. After an intense bidding battle, the 300 S finally sold to a European bidder for £292,700.

Further highlights of the auction include a 1939 Brough Superior 982cc SS100 motorcycle, sold for £113,100, a 1936 Cord Sportsman 812 Supercharged, sold for £100,060, and a 1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider soared above estimate to achieve £92,220.

Bonhams motoring department next head to Chichester for the Goodwood Revival Sale, taking place 10 September.

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