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  • World records set at Artcurial auction - Paris

    by Garry Shortt | Nov 6, 2014

    World records set at Artcurial auction

    Two world records were broken at Artcurial's Automobiles sur les Champs-Élysées sale on 2 November – both for classic Porsches. 

    More than €5.9m changed hands during the auction, including €232,400 paid for a 1974 Porsche Carrera 2.7 targa and €212,200 for a 1972 911 2.4S targa – both  world bests for the respective models.

    A 1992 Porsche 964RS also posted a mammoth figure, though not a world record. The hammer came down at €252,700, shortly after the '74 Carrera.

    A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 fetched the largest sum of the night, selling for an impressive €955,400. The left-hand-drive example was the subject of a bidding war between a European collector, who was in the room, and a Russian on the telephone. The car was eventually sold in the room to raucous applause.

    Another British classic went for well above its pre-sale estimate, but some way short of the Aston's figure at €38,100. The 1969 Morgan 4/4 was expected to go for between €20-30,000, but enjoyed much more interest due to being the very car driven by Gérard Depardieu in Les Valseuses.

    However, its result was eclipsed by a 1966 Morris Mini Traveller, which came close to doubling its €22,000 pre-sale upper estimate, selling for a whopping €42,912.

    The British success story continued when a 1992 Jaguar XJ220 made €211,120 – smashing its €145,000 expected value. 

    A 1974 Ferrari 246GTS raised no eyebrows when it sold for €357,600, illustrating that values of the Dino are showing no signs of cooling. 

    Moments earlier an American bidder landed a 1971 246GT for €274,200. 

    A Jaguar Mk2 that had belonged to French artist Pierre Soulages also drew a lot of interest, eventually achieving €57,200. 

    A half-scale replica of a Porsche 936 sold for €4000 above its upper estimate at €26,000, while a collection of enamel plaques sold for €4600 in the automobilia sale – some 10 times the pre-sale upper estimate. 


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