• RM Auctions and Sotheby’s deliver highly outstanding expert symposium to more than 700 people
  • Six hugely influential and respected specialists set the scene in advance of truly groundbreaking Art of The Automobile sale
  • Anticipation building for what is being regarded as one of the finest and most innovative collector car auctions ever held


NEW YORK, New York (November 20, 2013) – The eyes of the collector car community are firmly fixed on New York, as RM Auctions and Sotheby’s, prepare for Thursday’s truly groundbreaking Art of the Automobile sale. With the auction cars presented within a stunning gallery setting on the 10th floor of Sotheby’s New York City headquarters, more than 700 collectors and enthusiasts were last night treated to an exclusive expert symposium led by some of the world’s top voices of authority in automotive design and appreciation.


Keeping with the sale’s unique focus on the automobile as an art form all its own, the symposium presented a wealth of specialist insight aimed at celebrating various key aspects of design, aesthetics and the finer aspects of automobile collecting. The symposium was held on the evening of Tuesday, November 19, and proved to be in such demand that there was standing room only as the eager audience gathered to hear the experts speak. Six esteemed panelists contributed to the event, including Leslie Keno, Senior International Specialist, Sotheby's; Sam Mann, car collector and four-time Best of Show winner at Pebble Beach; Miles Collier, car collector, artist, and noted authority on collector cars; Peter Mullin, founder of the Mullin Automotive Museum & Chairman of Petersen Museum; Moray Callum, Executive Director of Americas Design at Ford Motor Company; and Michael Furman, pre-eminent automotive photographer.


Alain Squindo, Vice-President of RM Auctions, says: “The symposium has been an innovative feature of what we are aiming to achieve with this sale. In a gallery setting that just last week displayed the master works of art within Sotheby’s record-setting Contemporary Art sale, RM is presenting some of the world’s finest automobiles as moving sculpture or drivable masterpieces, and the symposium perfectly conveyed the thinking behind these themes. There is a fever of excitement building for our Thursday sale, and we are looking forward to a stunning success with our colleagues here at Sotheby’s.”


The Art of the Automobile sale will take place at 2:00pm on Thursday, November 21. Already viewed by thousands, all lots in the sale will remain on display in the 10th floor galleries at Sotheby’s until 5pm ET on Wednesday and from 10am – 2pm ET on Thursday. Truly the pinnacle of collector car auctions, the sale features 34 handpicked vehicles from around the world and is the first time a major collector car auction has been held in Manhattan in over a decade. Full event details, along with the digital catalogue are available online at, and anyone interesting in bidding can register to do so via at or by calling +1 818 456 2456.


About RM Auctions

RM Auctions is the world's largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales, auctions, estate planning, and financial services, coupled with an expert team of international car specialists at seven offices around the world, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds five of the top ten all-time records for the most expensive motor cars sold at auction. RM’s restoration division has achieved unprecedented accolades, earning Best of Show honors at the world’s top concours events, including the prestigious Amelia Island and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. For further information, visit, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @rmauctions.


About Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world?class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in eight different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids in real?time from anywhere in the world. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full?service art financing company, as well as private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art department, as well as Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sotheby’s Wine. Sotheby’s has a global network of 90 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).