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Dear Friends of the Concorso,

Tradition is always at the centre of important competitions such as the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Automobile elegance forms the platform for the common passion that attracts connoisseurs and owners of these treasures from all over the world to this paradisiacal landscape in Northern Italy in May. Every year, special exhibitions complement the exquisite field of participants which define exciting accents through specially themed topics.

Conversely, another attraction only returns once every two years, and the wheel of time has turned once again in 2019: RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, is issuing an invitation to come to its fifth Villa Erba Sale on Saturday 25th May. The exceptional classic cars being auctioned there are not the only attraction for guests, the ambience is also unique.

There will be lots of magic moments at this weekend on the shores of Lake Como, moments that will be full of excitement and suffused with enjoyment. It is now ten years since Maison Vranken-Pommery has been indulging guests with exquisite champagne. Once again in 2019, you are privileged to look forward to a selection of carefully chosen and impressive compositions proffered by the French champagne house.

We wish you an enjoyable read – and if you are so inclined, we hope you will be able to bid successfully.

Your Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este Team

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.

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RM Sotheby's Villa Erba catalogue

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.

All the data and facts: You can find all the important information about the Villa Erba Sale by RM Sotheby’s here

The Saturday evening is the most important date in the calendar. At 18.00 on 25th May, the auction will commence with the first lot in the park of Villa Erba. The auction will come to an end between 21.00 and 22.00.

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All bidders are invited to register free of charge at the venue. Anybody who is interested in participating and would like to avoid waiting times, can contact Caterina De Bartolo from RM Sotheby’s European Team in advance: phone +44.20.7851 7070, email Guests of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will receive their bid pack when they arrive.

On 24th May, a Public Preview will be held between 10.00 and 17.00 followed by a VIP Cocktail Reception for invited guests at 18.00.

On Saturday, 25th May, the vehicle lots can be viewed from 10.00 to 16.00. A catalogue that can be purchased at the venue serves as an entry ticket. The catalogue also affords entry to the Pre-auction Cocktail Reception being held between 16.00 and the start of the auction at 18.00.

Friday, May 24, 2019

10.00 – 17.00 Public Preview
18.00 – 21.00 VIP Cocktail Reception

Saturday, May 25, 2019

10.00 – 16.00 Preview by Catalogue
16.00 – 18.00 Pre-auction Cocktail Reception (admission by catalogue only)
18.00 – 21.00 Auction (approximately 3-4 hours)

Location of the sale

Villa Erba
Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
22012 Cernobbio

Bidders and anyone interested in the auction who cannot be present in person are able to place bids by telephone. An RM representative will call you at the phone numbers you have provided approximately three to five lots before the lot you are interested in comes up for sale. They will then act as your liaison to the live bidding environment and place bids on your behalf in accordance with your instructions.

Alternatively, you may prefer to leave a maximum bid with us in advance of the sale; this is known as an Absentee Bid. An RM Sotheby’s representative will then represent this bid in the live auction room, bidding up to your maximum until you have either purchased the lot or another bidder has placed a higher bid.

Unlike the situation in other online auctions, you can bid in real time during the live auction. The online bidding process will launch when the auction is scheduled to begin. Clients looking to bid over the Internet are urged to register in advance, as they will be required to create an account (username and password) prior to choosing the auction for which they wish to register. Please visit and click on “Internet” to create your account and register for the sale.

RM Sotheby’s: These are the highlights from 2019

RM Sotheby’s is privileged to look back on a long history over the past 38 years during which the auction house has been able to continuously expand its role as the market leader in the world of classic automobiles. Over this period, the auctioneer has gained an outstanding reputation in the global collectors’ scene by providing outstanding services and staging some superlative auctions.

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Just a few days after the Villa Erba Sale comes to an end at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, the traditional spring auction of RM Sotheby’s will take place in Auburn, Indiana (USA), from 29th May to 1st June.
The next diary date is the auction in Monterey, California (USA), to which RM Sotheby’s is issuing an invitation from 15th to 17th August in the Monterey Car Week. A little later, from 29th August to 1st September, the autumn auction will be held in Auburn, Indiana (USA).

The Hershey Auction will follow from 10th to 11th October. It will be held in the context of a major classic event in Hershey, Pennsylvania (USA). The action then moves back to Europe on 5th November. RM Sotheby’s will hold its big auction in London on that date. The final date in 2019 is currently 30th November: An exclusive portfolio of very special automobiles is anticipated in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).
You will find more information on all the deadlines and on RM Sotheby’s here:

Ten years together: Maison Vranken-Pommery perfectly complements the exclusive atmosphere of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

Fine champagne and automobile masterpieces harmonise in a perfect synthesis. The Concorso d’Eleganza has been providing proof of this for ten years now. Elegance and class at the highest level – that is the common platform. This year, Maison Vranken-Pommery is serving a series of extraordinary compositions.

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Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019 - Vranken-Pommery

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este encapsulates many different strands. Champagne and extraordinary automobiles, for example, which combine a number of facets – their rarity and uniqueness are just two unifying aspects. The painstaking work of seasoned craftsmen and brilliant geniuses in their discipline are brought together through all the senses.

At the most important moments of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Maison Vranken-Pommery invites guests and participants to enjoy a number of exceptional champagnes. They frame the mood on the banks of Lake Como and indeed create a simultaneity of purpose with a taste of unique and incomparable elegance.

On Friday 25th May, Pommery Apanage Brut bubbles in the glasses to provide a welcoming aperitif. This champagne owes its impressive elegance and freshness accompanied by a broad bouquet of aromas to the Chardonnay grape.
Pommery Club Elegance is ideally suited to relaxation in the unique atmosphere on the banks of Lake Como. This trendy champagne is available to VIP guests. By contrast, Royal Blue Sky is a new, very contemporary champagne that Maison Vranken Pommery will serve – most unusually – in large glasses brimming with ice.

The Vintage Grand Cru Millesimé 2002 will create gala accents for the evening aperitif held in the parkland of Villa Erba on Saturday 25th May. This champagne is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot grapes originating from the seven best Grand Crus on the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims.

Maison Vranken Pommery is delighted to present guests with two other special gifts of a very individual genre: Champagne Pop Pink emanates emphatic elegance for the ladies while Champagne Pop Silver provides a lush yet exceptionally informal freshness for the gentlemen.


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