The fifth Villa Erba Sale: RM Sotheby’s generates excitement with an exclusive selection of distinguished classics
The Villa Erba Sale arranged by RM Sotheby’s only offers an opportunity to take part in an exciting auction under open skies in a magical setting every two years. Once again, the time has come in 2019. The auction house is attracting interested participants to Italy with a world-class selection of automobile classics.
Taste and exclusivity are two factors that are top priorities for the automobile experts at RM Sotheby’s when it comes to curating the Villa Erba Sale. The biggest names from the world of classics, starting with the era of prewar cars, continuing through the glamour of the Art Deco period, and right through to the monumental icons of the 1950s and 1960s. The programme for the auction offers some outstanding gems in each epoch.
The offering also includes two categories that are an ideal foil for the classic field. A number of modern supercars will attract collectors whose aim in life is to fill their garages with vehicles that are already of unsurpassed rarity today and highly collectable, although they are a long way from having achieved the age of a classic. But they will mature. These modern classics hold out the promise of enjoyment and look to a future perhaps two or three decades from now in which the owners may be able to roll over these lawns as participants in the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
The second genre of motorised treasures is not about automobiles but relates to an impressive selection of motor boats. Where else could purchasing one of these timelessly elegant, hugely powerful craft be more tempting than here, directly on the banks of Lake Como?
The scope of this important auction enjoying a worldwide reputation cannot yet be quantified in terms of figures. However, the expectations are high. In 2017, at the last auction two years ago, RM Sotheby’s recorded impressive and widely reported total sales amounting to 25,355,850 euros. Furthermore, the prices achieved for a number of models broke through their previously held maximum auction price and therefore set new records.
This year lots such as a Fiat 8V Coupé from 1955, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster from 1963 and the historically interesting Bugatti Type 50 Roadster from 1931 will attract some very special attention. Another exciting addition comes in the form of a Ferrari F12tdf from the year 2016 – and an Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake from as recently as this year will be offered astonishingly without any reserve.