A singular traditional Duesenberg, a 1929 Mannequin J “Disappearing High” Torpedo convertible coupe wearing polished aluminum, went by way of the roof final weekend with a sale of $5.725 million to guide RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, Florida, public sale. 

Calling the dwell onsite public sale “a convincing success,” RM Sotheby’s reported gross sales totaling $42,174,340 (all outcomes embody public sale charges) with 95.28 % of the 99 collector vehicles provided going to new homeowners. Simply 4 vehicles didn’t obtain their reserve costs.

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction sails past $42 million with 95% sold
The 1929 Duesenberg sports activities boattail rear styling

“The undoubted star of the sale was the 1929 Duesenberg Mannequin J ‘Disappearing High’ Torpedo convertible coupe by Murphy,” in line with an public sale information launch.  “This fantastically restored instance is one among two examples constructed with polished and brushed naked aluminum coachwork, and the only intact survivor.”

RM’s personal restoration store introduced the Duesy again to glorious situation, the discharge says, leading to an award on the Pebble Seashore Concours d’Magnificence and Better of Class honors on the Amelia Island Concours.  The ultimate public sale outcome for the Torpedo eclipsed the excessive pre-auction estimate of $4 million.

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction sails past $42 million with 95% sold
1995 Ferrari F50

Eight vehicles bought for greater than one million {dollars} every in the course of the single-day dwell public sale, with Ferraris reigning because the next-four highest sellers: a 1995 F50 reached $3,772,500, a 1968 275 GTB/4 bought for $2,810,000, a 1971 275 GTS/4 Daytona Spider hit $2,452,500, and a 1992 F40 bought for $2,040,000.  A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet SII was seventh-highest vendor at $1,491,000.

Different top-selling vehicles had been a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K roadster, for $1.6 million; a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, at $1,490,000; a 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra initially used as a Shelby American demonstrator, $967,500; and a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster for $923,500.

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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction sails past $42 million with 95% sold
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K 3-position roadster by Windovers

Different noteworthy public sale gross sales had been for a 2012 Lexus LFA, the 430th of 500 produced between 2010 and 2012, pushed lower than 500 miles and promoting for $700,000; a “pristine” 1965 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8 that reached $168,000; a single-family-owned 1959 Fiat Jolly that bought for $106,400; and a lovely 1965 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet that soared to $280,000.

One other intently watched automobile on the Amelia public sale was what RM Sotheby’s known as “one of the vital traditionally vital Corvettes ever to be provided to the general public,” the 1960 Chevrolet Corvette LM was entered by Brigs Cunningham within the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans. The automobile was rediscovered in 2012 and offered in as-found situation.  It bought for $758,500.

The highest-10 highest sellers on the Amelia Island public sale had been:

1. 1929 Mannequin J ‘Disappearing High’ Torpedo, $5,725,000

2. 1995 Ferrari F50, $3,772,500

3. 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, $2,810,000

4. 1971 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, $2,452,500

5. 1992 Ferrari F40, $2,040,000

6. 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster, $1,600,000

7. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet SII, $1,490,000

8. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, $1,182,000

9. 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra, $967,500

10. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, $923,500

(All outcomes embody public sale charges)

Gord Duff, world head of auctions for RM Sotheby’s, famous that the Amelia Island sale confirmed the enduring energy of the higher-end collector automobile market.

“What our Amelia Island sale has demonstrated, is that the market actually is remarkably sturdy, with distinctive vehicles reaching nice costs,” Duff stated within the information launch. “Maybe essentially the most putting side of this sale is the sell-through fee, which at 95 % demonstrates that vehicles coming to market with engaging pre-sale estimates will at all times discover a new house.”

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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction sails past $42 million with 95% sold
1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet

RM Sotheby’s has a number of dwell and on-line auctions scheduled for the summer season.  On June 15, the corporate will conduct its first sale in Milan, Italy, with 21 heaps livestreamed from the Palazzo Serbelloni. 

After that, the corporate heads to Liechtenstein for the June 19 sale of a single-owner assortment of 25 Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars. 

On July 17, RM Sotheby’s will conduct an public sale for a single lot: a 2010 McLaren Mercedes MP4-25A System 1 race automobile pushed to victory by Lewis Hamilton, marking the primary time a Hamilton F1 automobile has ever been provided at public public sale.

In August, RM Sotheby’s returns for Monterey Automobile Week in California for its flagship sale on the Portola Resort on August 13 and 14. 

 For extra info, go to the RM Sotheby’s web site.


Bob Golfen

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive author and editor, specializing in new automobiles, collector vehicles, automobile tradition and the automotive life-style. He’s the previous automotive author and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the web site for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a lot of publications, together with Autoweek, The New York Occasions and Barrett-Jackson public sale catalogs. A collector automobile fanatic with a variety of data concerning the previous vehicles that all of us love and need, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic equipment. His present obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Tremendous coupe.