Category Archives: Luxury car auctions

Have you ever wondered where the world’s elite locate rare exotic cars? As you know, luxury cars, especially highly sought-after and exclusive rare cars are not likely to be listed on Craigslist. Chances are, buyers will frequent luxury car auctions at high-end places like Christie’s or Bonham’s. Imagine Lifestyles Luxury Rentals investigates the luxury auctions held and the luxury cars and exotic car rentals that change hands through them.

Far Out: Janis Joplin Porsche Goes to Auction

While hippie music legend Janis Joplin May have squalled lyrics asking, “Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz”, when it came time to purchase, she went for a popular Porsche. The Porsche was the car of that era for celebrities and musicians, with such curb appeal that even the self-proclaimed anti-materialistic Joplin could not resist her charms. That psychedelic Janis Joplin Porsche is now up for auction at the RM Sotheby’s “Driven by Disruption” sale coming in December 2015.  Janis Joplin’s Porsche is expected to net around $400,000 when it changes hands at the sale. The 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet was … Continue reading

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The 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione From the Pinnacle Portfolio

Previously we highlighted the upcoming Pinnacle Portfolio sale by RM Sotheby’s that is about to take place in Monterey, California. Among the coveted collection is a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione. This Ferrari is one of the most valuable collector pieces in the world, and RM Sotheby’s has emailed us with further details. This remarkable and rare Ferrari 250 GT underwent an extensive $650,000 restoration process prior to auction. What sum shall she fetch when the time comes? It is likely to make heads roll! Photos courtesy and © RM Sotheby’s.  The 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta … Continue reading

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Extreme Collection Hitting RM Sotheby’s Auction Block Soon

Luxury auction house RM Sotheby’s has proven to be quite the powerhouse–and they are continuing to dazzle in fashion with one of the most extensive and exciting automobile auctions looming on the horizon. Not only are the usual rare and notable vehicles lined up for action, but also the first and last Bugatti Veyron units will be sold at the same event! The Pinnacle Portfolio will hit the RM Sotheby’s auction block on August 13th, 2015. By the time the final hammer lands, over $65 million dollars may have changed hands as well as both the first and last Bugatti … Continue reading

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Pre-War Aston Martin Shocks With $4.5 Million Sale

A recent Aston Martin sale at Bonham’s auction shows that the brand is perhaps a touch more valuable to collectors these days. A 1935 Aston Martin Ulster was unloaded for a staggering $4.5 million, marking the first time a pre-war example has reached numbers of that magnitude. The Aston Martin Ulster was a racing car and this one, LM19, competed in the Ards TT race. These cars were designed with racing in mind, and made their mark at many races in the early to mid 1900s, including the Mille Miglia, Le Mans, RAC TT and the French Grand Prix. The … Continue reading

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Steve McQueen Modified Porsche Boasts Kill Switch For Rear Lights

The last Porsche owned by legendary Steve McQueen is officially for sale, and it boasts a rather James Bond style feature: a kill switch on the dash to turn off the rear lights. The star added this modification to several of the vehicles in his fleet, and it does not require a genius to understand the purpose. The 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo will hit the auction block August 13th, 2015 in Monterey, California. It is expected to change hands for over a million USD. The Steve McQueen Porsche 930 Turbo at a glance: The actor and avid automotive enthusiast ordered … Continue reading

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Barrett-Jackson Offering Auto Care Products to Maintain that New Car Shine

Leading auction house Barrett-Jackson is now touting a line of signature auto care products. The products include interior and exterior care, wheel and tire care, and restoration items. The Barrett-Jackson auto products seem to make perfect sense for a company synonymous with automobiles, so what took them so long to develop this brainchild? New line of Barrett-Jackson premium auto care products emerge Now customers buying auction items at Barrett-Jackson will have little trouble maintaining that new car scent and appearance. The products will be available in retail stores spanning across North America, including giants like Wal-Mart, Menards, Pep Boys and … Continue reading

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Ferrari 400 Superamerica Nets $6.38 Million at RM Sotheby’s Auction

The clear leader of the $60M RM Sotheby’s sale at Amelia Island was the Ferrari 400 Superamerica, which demanded a modest $6.38 million to change hands. The recent partnership between leaders RM Auctions and Sotheby’s has led to a higher standard in luxury auctions, and the total sales are certainly communicating the trend. The clip above describes the car in full detail with some welcomed action footage. The 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB cabriolet at a glance: Chassis number 1945 SA: The 3rd of 7 This car was the successor to the 410 Superamerica, taking the engine displacement down from … Continue reading

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Sotheby’s Now Owns Part of RM Auctions

Luxury auction house Sotheby’s has acquired an ownership interest in RM Auctions, creating a dynamic duo of great magnitude now dubbed ‘RM Sotheby’s’. Their first joint sale took place in Florida last month with a record $60 million in collector cars changing hands. Sotheby’s and RM Auctions: Game, set and match.  Sotheby’s now owns a 25 percent share in RM Auctions in a long-term investment strategy to cater to the burgeoning market. Analysts peg the market for collector cars at a staggering $2 billion, making the partnership a seemingly wise move in terms of creating a larger fishing net than those … Continue reading

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Antique Bugatti Type 57C Up for Auction at Bonham’s

There is an antique Bugatti Type 57C cabriolet featuring coachwork by Gangloff hitting the auction block at Bonham’s on May 31st. It is a 1938 Type 57C, which is quite a desirable era for collectors of the badge. While the award-winning Bugatti Veyron line and all of the special editions are arguably faster–the value of certain older models remains a bit higher than the new siblings and will only continue to hold their worth. The sale is scheduled for May 31st, 2015 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. The Type 57 Bugatti began to distinctively evolve in 1934, … Continue reading

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Exquisite 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT Hits the Auction Block

A very special and rare Bugatti is apparently still up for grabs. The 1993 Bugatti EB110 GT is listed on RM Auctions with a date of January 15th, 2015 and no sale has been displayed. The blue beauty is taunting buyers with an asking price of $575,000-$775,000. RM Auctions sold another 1993 EB110 GT in 2014 for $317,000 in Monaco. This version is listed much higher, and could be an indicator of why she has failed to net a buyer. Less than 150 units of this model were made, and they were crafted back in an elegant and special era … Continue reading

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