'Would you like a fine Rolex watch to go with your $224,000 Aston Martin?'

H&H's long-established December sale at the picturesque Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, UK once again proved itself as a must-attend event for collectors and alternative investors alike. This year's December 8 event was also more festive than usual thanks to deep snowfall throughout the peak district.

In the end, a 1964 DB5 finished in Metallic Green was the sale's top performer, one of no less than eight Aston Martins and Lagondas to be successfully re-homed during the afternoon. According to H&H, the car has "lain dormant for a while [and] was in need of a degree of recommissioning" but nevertheless sold for £144,300 ($224,085).

The 1964 DB5 finished in Metallic Green (top); and the
'very pretty' 1935 Lagonda 3-Litre Tourer

Also among the event's highlights was a very pretty 1935 Lagonda 3-Litre Tourer that was knocked down for £99,000. Benefiting from such desirable period updates as a 4.5-litre Meadows powerplant and rod-operated Girling brakes, the Lagonda should have little trouble holding its own in modern traffic.

Interestingly, H&H's sale also continued the auction house's successful foray into the special watch sector. The star performer in this sale was a rare 18ct gold Rolex GMT Master. In good original condition, it was knocked down for £7,475. Meanwhile, a 1980 stainless steel Rolex Sea Dweller made £6,900.

Good time: the 18ct gold Rolex GMT Master (top); the Rolex Sea Dweller

The company's next auction of collectors' cars, motorcycles, bicycles and registration plates will be held at Race Retro, Stoneleigh on February 26, 2011.


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