The lifetime collection of Michael Banfield, featuring 1,000 lots spanning automotive history, is set to cross the block at Bonhams on June 13-14 in Kent, UK.
The collection features vintage cars, historic commercial vehicles and automobilia, with the lead lot a 1904 Mors 24/32HP Roi Des Belges estimated at £500,000-600,000 ($838,570-1m).
The Roi Des Belges is considered the pinnacle of veteran motors and saw a strong racing career in the early days of motoring. It was one of the first generation of Brighton Run cars making it highly attractive to collectors, with the race still a popular event today.
"Several of the cars in Michael's collection took part in prestigious events, received accolades, and were campaigned regularly; particularly interesting are the highly collectable pre-First World War models," commented Bonhams co-chairman Malcolm Barber.
The fascinating array of pre-war cars also features a £350,000-450,000 ($586,999-754,713) 1904 Clement Talbot Brougham. Talbot's were top quality vehicles in their day, with the Brougham body now restored to a high standard.
Also featuring in the sale is automobilia including a brilliant French trumpet horn from the turn of the century, estimated at £700-900 ($1,174-1,509), and a pair of "The Polkey" headlamps at £3,000-4,000 ($5,031-6,708).
Incorporating bicycles, a rare Penny Farthing with a 54-inch wheel will auction with a £1,000-1,500 estimate, while a poster advertising Clement Cycles et Automobiles in the style of Ferdinand Mifilez is valued at £1,200-1,400 ($2,012-2,348).
Paul Fraser Collectibles has a superb range of motoring memorabilia for sale.