BONHAMS LAUNCH GLOBAL CALENDAR FOR REST OF 2020
New sales have been added, others have been expanded to provide collectors with an opportunity to buy and sell on a global, yet tailored platform, for which many exciting vehicles have already been consigned
Monterey auction week may have been deleted by virus this year, but Bonham are still making their Quail Lodge annual happen with a Live & On-Line sale in Los Angeles, giving collectors a virtual, but live experience streamed direct ftom their LA saleroom 14 August 2020. There will be an opportunity to inspect cars by appointment in the metal around the US with Western States consigned lots displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
Highlights include important pre and post-WW2 Alfa Romeo models, such as the strikingly stylish 1934 Alfa 8C 2300 with Cabriolet coachwork by Joseph Figoni (photographed above). A Porsche 718 RSK Spyder comes to market after four decades ownership and, in a turbulant Presidential election year, vendors will be hoping to cash in their Mercedes-Benz 300SLs, whilst a collection of modern supercars will definitely be dispersed at No Reserve.
A 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Shooting Brake by Harold Radford, one of only six in left-hand drive, has been in vendor ownership since 1976 and a 1935 Ulster Sports featured in The Light Car Mag at the time was the Aston Martin works demonstrator.
In the UK meanwhile, The Bonhams Summer Sale for classic bikes takes place at Bicester Heritage over three days 14-16 August 2020. Originally scheduled to have taken place at Stafford, but relocated due to pandemic uncertainties to Hangar 113 at the WW2 airfield which can accommodate the circa 600 lots consigned.
Spares and Memorabilia will take place Friday 14 August, privately consigned Motorcycles Saturday 15 and The Morbidelli Collection of Motorcycles Sunday 16.
Following their Grand Palais sale held in February during Retromobile week in Paris, the Bonhams EU mainland programme is set to restart 6 September 2020 in Brussells with Autoworld The Autumn Sale at the Autoworld Museum in the European capital.
The second of three owners of an early consigned 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible was the creator of The Smurfs. In 2020, the finned cruiser has been forecast to fetch 70,000-100,000 euros. A Mercedes-Benz 630K in the sale was the fastest production touring car on the market when it was new. 92 years later, the 1928 and 1929 International Alpenfahrt Gold Medal winner has been estimated at 600,000-900,000 euros.
Hoping to revert back to the standalone drive-through format for Modern, Popular and Historic motor cars 20 September 2020 in the Bicester Heritage hangar, Bonhams MPH have partnered with Brand Events, the team responsible for CarFest and The London Classic Car Show, who will be staging The Classic Car Drive-In Weekender.
In Switzerland meanwhile, and following their inaugural Bonmont sale near Geneva in 2019, Bonhams Europe return to the Bonmont Golf and Country Club 20 September 2020 .
Top of the auction bill will be a dozen ‘as new’ supercars direct from a private collection, including an only 689k from new in 2010 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport Coupe, guided at CHF 1,600,000-2,100,000, and an only 1125k 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta, one of 80 built, with CHF 1,100,000-1,400,000 estimate.
CHF 400,000-600,000 has been forecast for a 1959 Ferrari 250G S2 Pininfarina Coupe and CHF 400,000-500,000 for a 1964 Maserati Mistral Spyder.
Stateside, Bonhams US will return for the ninth year in the fall season to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Pennsylvania, with a Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia sale Sunday 4 October 2020. Early entries include a well preserved example of the Bugatti-designed 1912 Peugeot BPI Model known as the ‘Bebe’. Automobilia consignments meanwhile will included property from the Estate of Robert Auten.
If live events are permitted to take place, then an Autumn Sale for Collectors’ Motorcycles, Spares and Memorabilia will be held 10-11 October 2020 in conjunction with The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show. On past form, circa 500 lots of classic bikes and associated memorabilia will be auctioned.
Among the entries, a 1924 Henderson 1301cc Four estimated estimated at £25,000-30,000, a 1937 Brough Superior 1096cc 11-50hp £50,000-60,000, a 1978 MB Agusta 832cc Monza £38,000-45,000 and a 1979 Bimota 1015cc KB1 £9000-11,000.
In Alabama, in conjunction with the Barber Vintage Festival, and for the third consecutive year too, the 10 October 2020 Collectors’ Motorcycles and Motorcars Sale will be held in the Barber Museum, where last year the 1970 Husqvana 400 Cross, owned and ridden by Steve McQueen in the biker cult movie ‘On Any Sunday’, sold for a world record $230,500 (£183,000). A trio of pre-WW2 BMWs have been consigned at No Reserve.
The well attended Zoute Sale for cars also takes place 10 October 2020 beside the North Sea in Belgium, where the ex-King Baudouin of Belgium 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 3-Litre Fixed Head has been guided at 250,000-300,000 euros, a Ferrari Classiche certified 1963 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta Lusso 1,600,000-1,800,000 euros, the 1960 Le Mans 24 Hours raced 1957 AC Ace Bristol Roadster 400,000-500,000 euros, and a 1962 Facel Vega Facel II Coupe 250,000-300,000 euros.
The three Bonhams sales originally scheduled for Goodwood, pre-pandemic, could not take place, but there is now a brand new sale for Important Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia at Goodwood taking place 17 October within the circuit during the brand new Speedweek event.
Space at this high profile occasion will be at a premium. Already entered are a 1966 Aston Martin DB6, a 1972 Ferrari 246 GT Dino 246GT and a 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale from The Chester Collection, from where a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Recreation and a 1960 190SL with hardtop have also been consigned.
A No Reserve 1959 Aston Martin DB4 S1 has been consigned, as have the November 1957 Autocar Road Test Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupe, a 1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead from the Estate of the late Michael Patrick Aiken MBE, and the Mike Spence and Jack Fairman raced 1961 Emeryson 1½-Litre F1.
On the assumption that some normality may return to UK plc, the traditional end of season sales will again be allowed to take place at the auctioneers New Bond Street salerooms HQ, where a newly entitled The Golden Age of Motoring Sale 1886-1939 will cater not just for London to Brighton Run eligible Veterans, but Edwardian, Vintage and Post Vintage automobiles 30 October..
Prime West End catalogue space has already been booked for a 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE Velox, for which £250,000-300,000 is sought, a 1903 Crestmobile 8hp at £40,000-42,000 and a 1904 Model D 8hp Rear-Entrance Tonneau from the same maker at £50,000-60,000, and a 1933 Lagonda 4½-Litre T7 4-Seater Tourer £200,000-250,000.
The Bond Street Sale, scheduled for 5 December, will correspondingly be devoted to Fine Postwar Collector Motor Cars to include Sports and Grand Touring examples of the highest quality. Whilst an additional year-end auction for the MPH calendar will take place 12 December at Bicester Heritage within the event hangar, which will become a giant Christmas showroom to round off what will have been an extraordinary and, one hopes, unrepeated auction year.
With the very real potential for restrictions being re-imposed on free movement to combat any coronavirus spread spikes however, auctions with any 'Live' element may have to be modified with very little notice.
C.A.R. surfers therefore are strongly advised to 'Stay Alert' and check direct with auctioneers that sales are actually going ahead even on their rescheduled dates, and in whatever on-line formats have been planned, before incurring travelling costs. RH-E