Bonhams Grand Palais auctions 2016 have recently commenced in the French capital Paris. Absolute blockbuster of the event was a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, sold to a Parisian that put €2,070,000 on the table for the Italian classic.
Close runner-up was a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV, sold for an impressive €609,500. Bonhams kicked off the 2016 season of European motoring sales with a remarkable line-up of vehicles from a variety of manufacturers.
To give you an impression of the auction’s highlights, the legendary 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta and Aston Martin DB4 Series IV were joined by a 2002 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina, a 2010 Ferrari 599 GTO, a 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello Coupé, 1951 Bentley Petersen Dartmoor Coupé and a 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Cabriolet.
The incredible lineup of Ferrari’s led this edition’s sale, accounting for half of the top ten lots. The 2002 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina sold for €451,667, the 2010 599 GTO for €425,500 and the 2002 Maranello Coupé was actioned for a record-high of €345,000.
The English highlights also brought in some good money, with the 1951 Bentley Petersen coming in second after the 1961 Aston sold for €483,000, while the 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud raised €425,500.
Not all was about the money and making profit, a generous donor sold his 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible for an unmentioned price, with €80,000 going to Parisian charity “Fondation de l’Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris”, which is dedicated to supporting post-trauma research.
If you are interested in the remaining lots and what price they went under the hammer for, click on this link to see the full results of the auction. Bonhams next auction will be the newly announced Monaco Sale, taking place on the 13th of May. Another Bonhams auction is planned for later this year, taking place in French city Chantilly on the 4th of September.