Most major collectible car auctions these days contain a few childrens cars, sometimes of extraordinary quality and considerable worth. Bonhams 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale contains several scale cars built just for children with a 1929 Le Mans 4½ Litre Blower Bentley replica with royal provenance the pick of the bunch. Others include a 1939 BMW 328, a 1933 MG J2J4 and a 1998 Formula 1 McLaren MP4-13.
This Williams-Renault FW15B dominated the 1992 F1 Championship season. Nigel Mansell won nine times, beating Ayrton Senna's record of eight Grand Prix victories in a season, against a field that boasted Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. Mansell took five of those wins, plus a second place, in this car. It's for sale if you have very deep pockets.
Aston Martin's DB4 GT Zagato Continuation will make its public debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 on June 14-16. The limited edition (19 only) will become the most expensive new Aston Martin in company history when deliveries begin during Q3 of this year, with a price tag of £6 million (US$7,633,000) plus taxes.
This week looks like being the most spectacular of the scientific auction year with three landmark auctions of scientific documents and specimens crossing the block. The three important artifacts are a 13-m (43-ft) Diplodocus skeleton at Aguttes in Paris on June 13 (US$1.5 million to $1.8 million), one of three original copies of Luca Pacioli's Summa de Arithmetica at Christie's in New York on June 12 ($1.0 million to $1.5 million) and a presentation copy of the first edition of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection at Bonhams in New York on June 13 ($ 200,000 to $300,000).
Monterey Car Week is traditionally the place where world auction records are set, and this year the star of the show will be the original Porsche. It is one of the three Porsche Type 64 (also known as Type 60K10) cars built, the only one to remain intact from new, and it is the very first car to wear the now revered Porsche nameplate.
A rare collection of props, costumes, and other materials from the science fiction classic Forbidden Planet will go on auction at Bonhams in Los Angeles this week. Following on the heels of the auction house's sale of the original Robby the Robot in 2017, it's part of a larger collection of fantasy of general memorabilia from the estate of collector Wes Shank, who passed away in 2018.
Bonhams Spring and Autumn Stafford Sales are two of the highlights of the global auction year for rare and storied motorcycles. Every year there are records broken of one form or another, and dozens of the world's top 100 most expensive motorcycles have crossed the block at this twice-yearly venue. This year was no exception.
The remarkable rise of "basketcase" prices continued at the British National Motorcycle Museum last Saturday (March 2, 2019) when a new world auction record for a Brough Superior motorcycle was set at £425,500 ($561,556). Other notable sales included a Ducati Supermono fetching £73,125 ($96,507) and a brand new 1999 Yamaha YZF-R7 (OW-02) homologation special that sold for £28,687 ($37,861).