RM's inaugural Sporting Classics of Monaco auction, held at the Grimaldi Forum on May 1, saw five exceptional automobiles realise prices in excess of €2m, including two new World Records.
With Ferrari, Maserati and BMW among the top sales, RM Auctions has proudly described its sale as "one of the most successful automobile auctions ever held."
Registered bidders came from 33 different countries on the telephone, over the internet and assembled in the standing-room-only venue.
New bidders represented 28% of all registrations, according to RM. In addition, approximately 3,300 people watched the live streaming video coverage of the sale over the Internet.
The event's top seller was a rare 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Pininfarina SWB. It set a new World Record for a Superamerica at €2,800,000 ($3,799,600), well above its €2,450,000 high estimate.
Meanwhile, a rare 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage also set a new World Record for a Birdcage at €2,464,000 ($3,343,648).
Away from the auction block, the sale's cover car, the 1937 BMW 328 MM Bügelfalte (pictured top right), exchanged hands less than 24 hours after the sale's conclusion for a confidential and unpublished sum.
Overall, 88 of the 105 pre- and post-war motor cars changed hands to produce an 86% sell-through rate, and the event achieved €33,235,917 ($45,101,139) in total sales.
The Sporting Classics of Monaco top sales:
- 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Cabriolet Pininfarina SWB €2.800.000
- 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta €2.632.000
- 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 "Birdcage" €2.464.000
- 1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France €2.352.000
- 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder €2.072.000
- 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Competition Cabriolet by Figoni & Falaschi €1.792.000
- 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Special Town Car by Brewster €1.456.000
- 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS by Zagato €879.200
- 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy Berlinetta €784.000
- 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta €767.200