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Equipe Artcurial led by Maitre Herve Poulain proclaim White Gloves 100% sold 4m euro result for Andre Trigano Collection in Haute-Garonne
On Sunday 13 September, at Gibel in Haute-Garonne under the late summer sun, Artcurial Motorcars celebrated the ultimate auctioneers rostrum experience - a ‘White Gloves’ 100% sale – of the 170 automobiles from the Andre Trigano Collection. For not only did the auction total 4m euros (£3.67m) including 17% premium, world record prix were achieved for several models.
Conducted in a most convivial atmosphere, while adhering to current public health regulations, the sale was broadcast across two interconnecting rooms and via the internet, allowing an audience of over 11,000 people to pay tribute to the 60 year old collection of a well-respected public figure in France.
Such was the pulling power of a fresh to market collection, over 10,000 enthusiasts had made the journey to the South West of France to attend the four days of viewing alone. Whilst on sale day itself, a large numbers of collectors made their way to Andre´ Trigano’s home town to attend and bid at the auction held by Maitre Herve Poulain and the inseparable duo Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff.
The star lots inspired fierce bidding battles in the room, on the telephone and the internet. One European collector became the proud new owner of Trigano’s favourite 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 featured on the catalogue cover which, after several tense minutes of competitive bidding, raised 468,000 euros (£425,880) with premium, to loud applause in the room.
Another hotly-contested model, the ex-Charles Aznavour 1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine by James Young changed hands for 175,500 euros (£159,705), with Matthieu Lamoure in fine voice to deliver a tuneful tribute to the artist accompanying the bidding.
Other notable results included a low mileage, two-owner 1970 Aston Martin DBS V8 which set a new record price of 181,350 euros (£165,029) including premium. While the ex-Marcel Dassault 1983 Rolls Royce Silver Spur, driven just 11,000 km from new, sold for a strong 71,370 euros (£64,947) with premium.
Other highlights included the 1950 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet Esterel by Guillore , which fetched 117,000 euros (£106,470). A rare and elegant 1957 Lancia B24S Aurelia Convertible by Pinin Farina also attracted much interest and changed hands to applause in the room for 234,000 euros (£217,080).
Collectors showed their appreciation of French luxury. The 1960 Facel Vega HK 500, a rare representative of this prestigious French marque, found a new owner for 122,850 euros (£111,794). A two and a half times estimate 2925 euros (£2662) was available for a dormant 1978 Peugeot 604 V6 TI.
There were new record auction prices some Americans, a 1973 Pontiac Grand Safari 455CI flying to eight times its top estimate, selling for 47,970 euros (£43,653), and a 1976 Chevrolet Blazer for 63,180 euros (£57,494).
A 1966 Austin Mini Moke, which also fetched a record for model 44,460 euros (£40,459), had been presented to Andre Trigano by his company to mark 41 years in the business! While the 1967 Renault 4L painted by Arman became the most expensive 4L in history, achieving a remarkable 49,150 euros (£44,717) before joining the Parisian collection of an art and automobile enthusiast.
Popular models attracted interest, including the 1974 2CV Citroen AZA2, which doubled its estimate, selling for 6,435 euros (£5856). A 1985 Citroen 2CV6 Special found a new owner for 18,720 euros (£17,035) and a 1969 VW 1200 Beetle in highly original condition made 11,700 euros (£10,647).
Even in a pandemic, ‘Barn Finds’ still generate plenty of interest, a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr V12 Coupe´ changing hands for 25,740 euros (£23,423) after a battle between a bidder in the room and on the internet. A once commanding Dodge WC56 Command Car raised 9945 euros (£9050), over ten times its top estimate.
As Artcurial Motorcars MD Matthieu Lamoure said: “What a success for a sale that paid tribute to the passion of an exceptional man. The team spirit was fantastic and the auction a breath of fresh air during these extraordinary times.”
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