RM | SOTHEBY'S
Amongst the 141 lots that found new homes, the top seller was the one-off, owner-commissioned 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster. Originally built for Rolf Horn of Berlin with a rare five-speed transmission and various unique design cues, the beautifully restored Roadster drew eyes and bids, selling for a final $6,600,000 during Friday evening's sale session. Throughout Friday's sale, numerous best-of-category Ferraris also took top honors, led by a highly awarded, matching-numbers 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS. One of just 20 built, the exceedingly rare road-going Ferrari surpassed its pre-sale estimate, realizing $3,602,500, nearly triple the previous auction record for the model. Rounding out the top three, a pristine 1995 Ferrari F50, one of just two U.S.-delivery examples finished in black, demonstrated its desirability, bringing $3,135,000—a new auction benchmark for the model. Friday night also saw the exquisitely restored, ex-Greg Garrison and Skeets Dunn 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico generate a strong result of $3,080,000, while perhaps the world's finest 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS sold at the top end of its estimate at $2,475,000.