8 March 2014
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida
EXCEPTIONAL $6.6 MILLION 1937 DELAHAYE 135 COMPETITION COURT TORPEDO ROADSTER TOPS RM'S RECORD-BREAKING AMELIA ISLAND SALE
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RM Auctions continued its record-setting 2014 auction calendar, achieving the company's best-ever Amelia Island results at its 16th annual sale, with a total of $35,947,500 and 97 percent of all lots sold. This represents a 34 percent increase over the 2013 sale results, with bidders hailing from 18 countries around the world, 20 percent representing new clientele.
The well-established sale lifted the gavel on 91 exceptional vehicles perfectly matched to the Amelia Island Concours venue, setting no less than seven world auction records before a standing-room-only ballroom that exuded excitement for the diverse roster of cars crossing the podium. Top sale honors went to "Malcolm’s French Mistress," the ultra-rare 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster offered from a half century of ownership as the jewel of the esteemed Pray Collection. One of only two surviving short chassis examples and the only surviving example with its Géo Ham body tag, the showstopper achieved a world-record $6,600,000 to become the most valuable car ever sold during the Amelia Island weekend.
"The Pray Family is thrilled with RM's sale of Malcolm's collection,” says Philip Richter, family friend and trustee for the Pray Collection. “The tireless efforts of the entire team enabled a result that greatly exceeded all expectations. RM was the natural choice for the Pray Collection because their enthusiasm, professionalism, and attention to detail are traits that so reflect both the business and personal values of Malcolm Pray himself.”