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Rare cars at auction

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delahayeLATER this month some of the world’s rarest cars will be featured in RM Auctions’ sale at Lake Como.

32 of the world’s rarest cars will be going under the hammer at the auction house’s sale at Cernobbio, Italy, on May 21, as part of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event.

The sale will begin RM Auctions’ European season, says RM Europe’s managing director, Max Girardo.


The collector car hobby is thriving, with a very strong start to the 2011 auction season. RM has hosted two record-setting sales in North America in the first quarter, and we look forward to continuing this momentum in Italy as we officially kick off our 2011 European event schedule.

‘Without doubt, our debut Lake Como sale features one of the most exciting offerings RM Auctions has ever assembled. The response to the sale has been very positive with early bidder registrations representing 13 countries. We look forward to welcoming discerning collectors to what promises to be a not-to-be-missed event.’

Seven important Ferraris will be entered into the sale, including an ultra-rare 1957 500 TRC Spider of which only 19 were ever made. Estimate: €2.6m-€3.3m

‘The 500 TRC is one of the most beautiful Ferrari sports racing cars ever built,’ says Girardo. ‘It is the last four-cylinder Ferrari sports racer, making it rarer than the 250 TR and the 250 GTO, and thus making the upcoming sale of the car an incredibly rare opportunity to purchase an important piece of Ferrari history.’

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Also included in the sale is the famous 1965 Ford GT40 Works Prototype Roadster – estimate: €2.4m-€2.9m, and a 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe – estimate: €900k-€1.1m, pictured.


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