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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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1960 Ferrari 250GT LWB California Spider Competizione
£7,454,900
Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, 18 August 2012

This was another Ferrari bound to do well in what has been an amazing few years for the Italian marque. It is one of nine alloy-bodied LWB California Spiders, and was part of the Sherman Wolf collection, being moved on by Goodings at its 2012 Pebble Beach sale. It had taken part in the first Colorado Grand, and had since been restored by David Carte, with a fully documented history. This matching-numbers example had been part of Sherman Wolf's collection since 1979, and was easily the most significant example of this breed of cars designed for gentleman racers to come up for sale.

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