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Alfa Romeo, anyone? Dorotheum’s classic car auction was characterised by strong demand, excellent hammer prices and an audience to envy.
Full throttle! With a turnover of €1.5 million and a sales rate of 92%, Dorotheum’s ”Classic Cars and Automobilia” auction on 13th June raked up the second-best oldtimer-result in the history of Dorotheum.
The exceptionally strong field of classic and historic cars had drawn a large crowd to Dorotheum’s Vösendorf location, which generously helped making it an auction to remember for sales team.
The first enthusiastic ovation of the day was secured when an Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider from 1963 achieved the outstanding hammer price of €165,000, overshooting its price estimate by a wide margin. This was but a prelude to the frenetic applause that broke out as one of the auction’s roaring highlights, a BMW Sport Roadster from 1938, found a new owner for €291,500. The unequivocal spectators’ darling, however, turned out to be a bright orange 1959-manufactured Volkswagen bus. The custom made Volkswagen ”Samba” sold at a sterling price of €121,000.
The line-up’s classic Mercedes and Jaguar models too proved highly popular among bidders and visitors alike.
A hectic bidding race for a 1959-manufactured Mercedes-Benz 190 concluded with a final hammer blow at €82,880, while a Mercedes-Benz 300 from 1953 left Vösendorf with a price tag of €47,040. The no less spectacular red and black cabrios from Jaguar – a model XK120 OTS from 1952 and an E-Type from 1974 – eventually changed hands at €89,600 and €73,920, respectively.
Save the date for the next Dorotheum auction at Classic Expo in Salzburg on 17th October, 2015.