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BEHIND-THE-SCENES WITH THE WORLD’S LARGEST COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION HOUSE: RM SOTHEBY’S STARS IN EXCLUSIVE TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY SERIES ‘MILLION DOLLAR CAR HUNTERS’

  • RM Sotheby’s features in a unique, ten-part television documentary series; show provides ‘never-before-seen’ glimpse inside the world’s leading collector car auction house
  • Produced by Waddell Media and a co-commission by BBC Worldwide and Channel 4 for BBC Worldwide’s global channels, the ‘fly on the wall’ style series charts a fascinating year in the life of RM and its presentation of some of the world’s most important and thrilling collector cars
  • Already launched to unanimous praise in South Africa, Australia and Poland, the programme is due to broadcast in the UK with Channel 4 from 30 April, fronted by well-known automotive personality, Ant Anstead
  • Short opening title sequence of the new show can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2nOtXGC
  • Further global distribution to be unveiled in the coming weeks?

LONDON (21 April, 2017) – RM Sotheby’s is delighted to announce its starring role in an all-new, glossy television documentary series that provides a glimpse into the thrilling world of collector car auctions. Titled Million Dollar Car Hunters, the series charts a full year in the life of RM’s expert car specialists as they traverse the globe on a mission to bring the world’s finest and most desirable collector cars to auction. The programme provides an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the RM team identifies potential auction vehicles, researches their histories, and ultimately offers them for sale in some of the world’s most glamourous auction locations.

 

Produced by Waddell Media, Ireland’s leading independent television production company, and co-commissioned by BBC Worldwide and Channel 4, each episode follows three separate story lines featuring car specialists—or ‘hunters’—on their detective trails to find some of the most coveted collector vehicles on the planet.  Narrated by Arabella Weir, the show focuses on the ‘thrill of the hunt’ for RM specialists based out of London, Los Angeles and Chatham, Ontario, before climaxing with the real-life jeopardy of each auction. There are trials, tribulations, successes, surprises, disappointments, and more than a few laughs along the way. And then of course, there are the cars, with the show shining a spotlight on and sharing the fascinating histories of a truly diverse group of automobiles, from the multi-million-dollar Ferrari 290MM once driven by Fangio, to a Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type, the world’s first Shelby Cobra, and even a hearse once owned by John Lennon and a rusting Iso Grifo ‘barn find’.

 

 

Already launched to unanimous praise on BBC Brit in Poland and South Africa,  and BBC Knowledge in Australia, the series promises to be a ‘must see’ for anyone who loves classic cars or simply has an interest in how an auction house goes about its fascinating business. Within the UK, the series will air on Channel 4 later this month under the title World’s Most Expensive Cars, fronted by well-known personality and car expert, Ant Anstead. The Channel 4 series premiere is slated for Sunday, April 30, immediately following the station’s coverage of the Russian Grand Prix. Additional global distribution will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

“We’re delighted to have cooperated in the making of this series. All of us at RM believe we have the best jobs in the world, and it is such a privilege to be able to share the excitement and challenges of our work with a global audience,” says Ian Kelleher, Chief Marketing Officer, RM Sotheby’s.  “We’re enthusiasts to the core and hope the series not only conveys our incredible passion for the collector car hobby, but inspires others to join the fun. Whether you are a car-lover or not, I think you’ll find the ten episodes highly compelling viewing. Our thanks go to Waddell Media, BBC Worldwide and Channel 4 for the opportunity to share a small piece of our world, and of course all of our valued clients who participated in the series.”

 

Jon-Barrie Waddell, Executive Producer at Waddell Media adds, “We are privileged to have been allowed such unique access to RM Sotheby’s and their specialists globally. It has resulted in an unprecedented exploration of the luxury classic car world, told through fascinating characters and stories, and most importantly, showcasing the world’s greatest cars from all eras. It is not to be missed.”

 

The short opening title sequence of the new show can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2nOtXGC.

 

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more