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Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions

Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions January 2011
RM Auctions, the world's largest collector car auction house, enjoyed a strong start to its 2011 auction season this week, posting a record $30.8 million in sales at its annual Arizona event, with an impressive 96% of lots sold and four automobiles exceeding the magic million dollar mark.

Held at the prestigious Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, the two-day sale presented 180 quality automobiles, spanning a diverse range of blue-chip automotive marques. Top honors went to a coveted 1949 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta (pictured left), a matching-numbers Mille Miglia veteran and the 10th of just 25 examples built, which attracted strong interest, achieving $1,870,000.

A stunning, superbly-restored 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe (pictured right) also garnered significant attention, spurring a lively bidding war between Europe versus the Middle-East to well-exceed its presale estimate at $1,375,000 – a new auction record for a steel-bodied 300SL Gullwing.

Illustrating RM's global clientele, bidders represented 21 countries from around the world, including as far away as Argentina, the United Arab Emirates, Monaco and Australia.

'We are thrilled with the results from this week's Arizona sale. The offering attracted strong interest from collectors around the globe, with numerous lots exceeding expectations,' says Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions. 'It is a great start to the New Year and paints a very positive forecast for the auction season ahead.'

Following the success of last year's ‘The British Are Coming', RM's 2011 Arizona sale kicked off on Thursday, January 20 with ‘The British Are Back' – an exclusive evening sale dedicated to the best of the British. Rolls-Royce claimed the top two sales of the night with a handsome 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Newmarket Sport Sedan, one of just three original Brewster-bodied examples, bringing $440,000, while an extravagant 1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Phaeton, built for the Calcutta Motor Show, realized $379,500. Rounding out the top three sales from the evening, a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Vantage exceeded its pre-sale estimate, selling for $352,000.

Friday's top-sellers list was dominated by an exciting series of Ferraris and the ‘best of the best' of the Classic Era. Continuing RM's reputation as the global leader in the presentation of important and historic Ferraris at auction, the sale featured no less than 11 examples from the Modenese Prancing Horse. Led by the sale-topping 166 MM Barchetta, other highlights included a stunning 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast, one of just 32 built, for $935,000; a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder, offered from the personal collection of Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, for $880,000; and the ex-Jacques Swaters 1995 Ferrari F50 Show Car, showing less than 1,000 miles, for $742,500.

The American Classics category was headlined by a rare 1933 Packard Twelve Sport Phaeton by Dietrich which realized $1,760,000, closely followed by a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton driven by Elvis Presley in the film ‘Spinout' for $1,237,500. The sale's cover car - a spectacular 1931 Marmon Sixteen Coupe, one of only six survivors – also attracted spirited bidding, achieving $687,500 to set a new price level for Marmons.

Additional sale highlights included:

• a 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Three-Position Drophead Coupe for $913,000;
• a 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roaster for $577,500;
• a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarittz Convertible for $286,000; and
• a 1926 Duesenberg Model A Dual Windshield Phaeton for $275,000

source - RM Auctions

Galleries

1917 Winton Model 33  
1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1926 Duesenberg Model A  
1927 Bentley 3-Litre  
1929 Duesenberg Model J  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1929 Hudson Model R  
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16  
1931 Marmon Model 16  
1932 Lincoln Model KB  
1932 Lucenti Special  
1932 Packard Model 905 Twin Six  
1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  
1933 Packard 1006 Twelve  
1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe  
1935 BMW 319  
1935 Ford Model 48 Eight  
1935 MG NA Magnette  
1936 MG SA  
1936 MG TA  
1937 Cord 812  
1939 Bugatti Type 57  
1939 Lincoln Zephyr  
1941 Cadillac Series 60 Special  
1941 Lincoln Continental  

1947 Bentley Mark VI  
1947 Buick Roadmaster Series 70  
1947 Chrysler New Yorker  
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith  
1948 Jaguar Mark IV  
1948 Packard Super Eight  
1949 Cadillac Series 75  
1949 Ferrari 166MM  
1950 Ferrari 166 Inter  
1950 Healey Silverstone  
1952 Allard J2X  
1952 Jaguar XK 120  
1952 Tojeiro MG Barchetta Sports Racer  
1953 Aston Martin DB2  
1953 Jaguar XK120  
1954 Buick Series 60 Century  
1954 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1954 Jaguar XK-120  
1955 Arnolt MG  
1955 Chevrolet Series 150  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing  

1956 Arnolt Bolide  
1956 Cadillac Eldorado Seville Prototype  
1956 Cadillac Series 62  
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air  
1957 Buick Roadmaster  
1957 Jaguar XK140  
1957 Pontiac Bonneville  
1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MK III  
1959 AC Ace Bristol  
1959 Aston Martin DB2/4  
1959 Jaguar Aston-Martin Roadster  
1959 Lister Costin Jaguar  
1960 Jaguar XK-150  
1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series  
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series II  
1961 Jaguar Mark IX  
1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V  
1962 Devin MGA MKII  

1963 Aston Martin DB4  
1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept  
1964 Jaguar Mark X  
1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III  
1965 Buick Skylark  
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast  
1965 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1965 Mercedes-Benz 220 Series  
1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III  
1966 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2  
1966 Shelby Cobra 427  
1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1967 Ferrari 330 GTC  
1967 Lamborghini 400 GT  
1967 Maserati Sebring  
1967 Triumph TR4A  
1968 Aston Martin DB6  
1969 Morgan 4/4 1600  

1970 Austin Mini  
1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT  
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4  
1973 Lamborghini Espada 400 GT  
1973 Maserati Ghibli  
1973 Porsche 911E  
1976 Ferrari 308 GTB  
1985 BMW M6  
1987 Fiat X1/9  
1987 Porsche 959  
1993 Ferrari 512 TR  
1994 Porsche 911  
1995 Ferrari F50  
2000 Plymouth Prowler  
2003 Dodge Viper SRT-10  
2003 Lotus Esprit V8  
2005 Dodge Viper SRT-10  
2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class  
2010 Morgan Aeromax  
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