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RM Sotheby’s extends auctions global market lead with $406.6m (£305m) in auctions sales and grosses $150m+ (£112.5m) in private sales

As a less disrupted year draws to a close with a repeat round of politician directed lockdowns disadvantaging most of the main markets for transacting collector vehicles, RM Sotheby’s can justifiably celebrate really strong results for 2021, when their 2021 book saw total gross sales in excess of $550,000,000 (£412,500,000) across auction and private sales transactions, private sales more than doubling from the previous year.
Clocking up over 46 years of experience in assisting clients with buying and selling automobiles, RM Sotheby’s has always coupled its base with a world-class restoration shop located at its headquarters in Blenheim, Ontario.
With further dedicated investment, RM Auto Restoration has added a complete machine shop making it possible for a car to be restored end-to-end, all in-house and located next to the company’s auctions HQ offices.
“Our global footprint and extensive client base helped lead us to a phenomenally successful year, thanks to a diverse line-up of automobiles and events that captured the hearts and minds of customers and enthusiasts across the globe,” said Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s.
“This is a testament to the ongoing commitment of our team and valued clients as we navigated the continued challenges of the pandemic together, and it positions us for a thrilling 2022.”
2021 opened with a strong performance in Arizona, where their first live event of the year resulted in sales of over $35m (£26.3m) and a 90% sell-through. Strong results in North America continued through Amelia Island and onto the auction house’s flagship sale in Monterey, which grossed $148,528,300 (£111.4m) in total sales with 90 percent of all lots sold.
The Paul Andrews Estate Collection was a highlight, led by the stunning 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato (photographed above by Rasy Ran 2021, Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s) sold for $9,520,000 (£7.1m), while the whole collection totaled $34,439,000 (£25.9m), further cementing RM Sotheby’s as the global leader in estates sales.
In Europe, the ‘Passion of Elegance Sale’ in Lichtenstein featured a single-owner collection of important Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars that grossed CHF11.1m (£9.1m), vastly exceeding pre-sale estimates.
The St Moritz ‘Boutique’ event - the first Sotheby’s auction ever held in Switzerland - grossed CHF16.5m (£13.5m), with eight lots exceeding CHF1m (£830k) each.
There was also another collaboration sale with Formula 1 for the sale of the race-winning 2010 McLaren MP4-25A, chassis number 01, driven by Sir Lewis Hamilton.
Auctioned at the 2021 F1 Pirelli British GP before a live audience of nearly 140,000 spectators immediately after running demonstration laps on the circuit, the Hamilton car secured £4,836,000, making it the most valuable McLaren Formula 1 car ever sold at auction and the fourth most valuable Formula 1 car ever sold publicly.
The live sale auction calendar concluded with the No Reserve ‘Guikas Collection’ sale at the Circuit Paul Ricard, one of the most anticipated European sales of recent year with all 87 lots including cars, parts, and memorabilia finding new homes at a total sales figure of €39,532,700 (£33.6m).
The ‘Open Roads’ series of on-line auctions throughout 2021 truly broadened the auctioneers’ geographic reach, expanding the list of countries in which buyers purchased cars and becoming an important gateway for new customers building or expanding their collections. In total, these internet-only sales grossed $33,283,091 (£25m).
RM Sotheby’s ‘Private Sales’ business expanded its global footprint substantially in 2021, conducting a number of significant discreet transactions and more than doubling their total sales year-over-year, grossing in excess of $150,000,000 (£112.5m). RH-E

The 2021 RM Sotheby’s Top Ten –
1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato | Sold for $9,520,000 (£7.1m) | Monterey
1962 Ferrari 268 SP by Fantuzzi | Sold for $7,705,000 (£5.8m) | Monterey
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione by Scaglietti | Sold for $7,705,000 (£5.8m) | Monterey
1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione by Pinin Farina | Sold for $7,024,370 (£5.3m) Guikas Collection
2010 McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25A Formula 1 | Sold for $6,528,470 (£4.9m) | The Lewis Hamilton GP Winning McLaren   Silverstone Circuit
1955 Jaguar D-Type | Sold for $6,000,000 (£4.5m) | Arizona
1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’ by Scaglietti
Sold for $6,000,000 (£4.5m) | Monterey
1929 Duesenberg Model J ‘Disappearing Top’ Torpedo by Murphy | Sold for $5,725,000 (£4.3m) | Amelia Island
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I by Pinin Farina | Sold for $5,014,470 (£3.8m)  Guikas Collection Circuit Paul Ricard
1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Tourer by Corsica | Sold for $4,735,000 (£3.6m)  Arizona.

And some of the other 2021 RMS sales numbers - 25 auctions, 13 live auctions, 12 on-line auctions, 3,446 lots offered, over $550,000,000 (£413.5m) global sales transactions, $134,540,214 (£100,905,150) sold in Private Collections, 46 countries from which cars were purchased, bidders from 70 countries, 14.2m website page views, over 51% first-time purchasers with the auction house.

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