On Wednesday, RM Sotheby’s returned to the Big Apple for their ICONS auction. Thirty spectacular cars rode the elevator to the 10th floor of Sotheby’s Upper East Side headquarters. Gord Duff of RM invited Keith Martin and me for an early morning private tour. It was wonderful to walk the Sotheby’s halls without anyone else around. We spent about an hour carefully inspecting the eclectic mix of curated cars. The diverse menu included modern supercars like a La Ferrari and pre-war cars like a Brewster-bodied Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. The blockbuster of the auction was the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione—it sold for $16,350,000. The other auction outcomes were somewhat less spectacular. Most cars sold at or below their low estimate. Of the thirty cars that went over the block, almost 25% did not sell.
My photographs below each have captions with TG comments on the auction results.
Watch Keith Martin broadcast from the NYC lobby of Sotheby’s. He explains why 1967 was a landmark year in the world of automobiles:
Watch Keith Martin describe why this rare Alfa (on display in the lobby at Sotheby’s) is unique: