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Top 10: Most expensive classic cars at auction

Fangio's Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula 1 car is the most expensive car to be sold at auction, making an astonishing £19,601,500. But snapping hard at its heels in the new number two position is the one-of-10 Ferrari 275 NART Spider, which sold at RM Auctions at Monterey for almost £17.5m. 

With the bar now raised, it's a great time to recap our list of the all-time top 10 selling cars at auction. This is a surprisingly interesting science, given the shifting exchange rates, alternate currencies the cars were bought in, and inflationary effects. But we've listed each cars in UK sterling, and at their original sale prices for simplicity. As you can see, one marque does dominate...

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1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K roadster
£7,781,700
Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, 18 August 2012

The Mercedes-Benz 540K is undoubtedly one of the beautiful and imposing of all pre-war cars, and is both fantastically rare and super-expensive. When it appeared on the lot list for Pebble Beach, it was marked down as a potential record breaker, and true to form, one of the world's most spectacular cars did the business during the world's best classic car event. It's a Pebble Beach Concours winner, had three owners in 76 years, and was topped-off by a special body by Sindelfingen. A true winner.

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