RM Auctions put on a spectacular two-day sale in London's Battersea Park, selling 120 fine collector cars for a total of £21,710,220 ($34,085,045.40). With an impressive 90.3 percent of all lots sold, the well-established RM London sale continues to be a highlight of the annual auction calendar, offering the world's best cars to a global audience.
The top-selling lot over the two-day sale was the simply gorgeous 1957 Maserati 250S from the Laidlaw Competition Car Collection. Chassis number 2432, an ex-Carroll Shelby and Jim Hall car (and the only 250S originally built with a 2.5-litre engine), is widely regarded as the best example in existence and fully justified its impressive £2,128,000 ($3,340,960) selling price.
The international demand for fine Ferraris continues to generate impressive sales results. A particularly fine road-specification 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 perfectly demonstrated the strength of the market by securing £1,646,400, a world-record price for the model at auction.
On the first day of the auction, the truly incredible 'Ultimate Mercedes-Benz Collection' went under the hammer with no less than 74 cars on offer. The top-selling car from the collection was the lovely 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet B, which achieved £820,000, closely followed by a 1932 Mercedes-Benz 15/75 HP Mannheim 370 S Sport Roadster, which made £770,000. A fine 1956 example of the ever-popular 300 SL 'Gullwing' model also sold well, securing £739,200, while the 1961 roadster sold for £716,800, further reinforcing the market's love of both the iconic 300 SL derivatives.