You have already read about RM Sotheby’s auctions with us several times, while we once went to Munich personally for such an event and couldn’t help but wonder how many euros and caviar flew through the air. In any case, 2023 was a record year for this auction company and more than once filled the lines of most of the world’s auto media. Because extremely rare pieces were sold for extreme money.
In 2023, RM Sotheby’s held 32 different auctions, at which 1,119 cars and 2,001 different automotive items (manuals, gloves, tool sets and others) were sold.
The most valuable Ferrari
In mid-November, The One auction was held, where a unique Ferrari 330 LM/250 GTO modified by the Scaglietti body shop was auctioned. In addition, this car was used for racing by the Ferrari team itself, so when its sale was announced, there was a wave of interest, inquiries and “likes”. The auctioneer’s hammer finally stopped at 51.7 million dollars, which makes 1.15 billion crowns. This made the car the most valuable Ferrari ever sold.
The Lost Ferrari Collection
And we will stay with the prancing horse, only we will return in time to August 2023 to the Lost & Found Collection. There, Pininfarina’s 1954 first-series Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider crashed and charred wreck was the star (specifically, the second Mondial type produced). Sold in found condition, this ex-racing car went to the world for 1.875 million dollars, i.e. for about 42 million crowns. The sale of the entire collection then brought in a total of 16.5 million dollars, i.e. some 369 million crowns.
Auctions in Las Vegas are always spectacular, pompous and quite often record breaking. Why not, when Sir Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W04 car from 2013 was finally auctioned over the phone for 18,815,000 US dollars, i.e. approximately 421 million crowns. This made the car the most valuable modern Formula 1 car ever sold.
Mysterious white Porsche
Shortly after the grandiose auction in Las Vegas, an auction called The White Collection was held, where a mysterious collection of fifty specially selected, rare and sought-after white Porsche cars was auctioned. And on top of that another 500 automotive items and vehicles that could not be found anywhere else in the world.
However, the star of the auction was the 2015 Porsche 918 “Weissach” Spyder, as it sold for $3,937,500 (88 million crowns), beating the last auctioned 918 model by more than double.
Most valuable new car
The most valuable new car sold at the RM Sotheby’s auction was the 2022 Bugatti Chiron Profilée W16, which went from the Paris auction to the world for 9,792,500 euros, which was about 235 million crowns at the time. At the same time, it was the most successful auction among all auction houses operating in Paris.
Also worth mentioning is the auction of the 1955 Ferrari 121 LM Spider from the Scaglietti body shop, which fetched almost 142 million crowns. Michael Schumacher’s Formula 1 was also sold last year, with which he won his first championship in the colors of Ferrari. Other exceptional cars such as the Giallo Modena F50, Ferrari Enzo, McLaren P1 with special Pacific Blue paint or the Aston Martin DB4 from 1960, which Stirling Moss himself drove victoriously in Goodwood in the same year, were also auctioned.