The customized Myers Manx dune buggy in which Steve McQueen took Faye Dunaway on a full-noise drive in the sand dunes in the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair, is heading to auction. The VW Beetle-based buggy was customized for the film with a 230-hp Chevy Corvair flat-six, and the restored original movie car will go to auction at Bonhams' Amelia Island auction in March, 2020.
Elvis Presley's last motorcycle, a 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide with just 126 miles (203 km) on the clock, is going to auction later this month at GWS Auctions, and is estimated to sell for between US$1,750,000 and $2,000,000.
Monterey Car Week is the epicenter of the world collectible car industry. It's where all the big boys come to play. Whilst racing was the initial center of gravity for Monterey Car week, the Pebble Beach Concours turned from curtain raiser to main event, events such as The Quail making it even more "must see", and the auctions that occur as a backdrop to the week are something to behold. This year we will see six major auction houses hold 13 auctions sessions over a 60-hour time-frame and 1,400 cars could change hands, as will one third of a billion dollars.
Monterey Car Week is where the world's most monied automotive enthusiasts congregate once a year, and as many car enthusiasts share a similar passion for motorcycles, there's always a smattering of elite motorcycles spread across the six auctions. This year there are 15, maybe 16 motorcycles that are expected to fetch six figures, spearheaded by two Crocker v-twins likely to sell for more than $500,000 apiece in Monterey.
The Ferrari 250 GT California Spider is the most valuable Ferrari made in significant numbers, but although 108 cars were produced, it still requires US$10 million or more to take one home from an auction. Two California Spiders (one SWB, one LWB) have been announced as auction block starters at Monterey this year and just how these two cars fare will be a key indicator as to the state of the top end of the market. This article covers the top 10 most valuable Spiders to have sold, with discussion on the various key features and links to all past auctions.
The month of July, 2019 will be a bumper one for the number of landmark scientific artifacts heading for auction. Three Christie's auctions and a Sotheby's auction have such a stellar array of scientific documents, manuscripts, tablets, seals and artifacts that we thought it worthwhile documenting them, even though in some cases, they are estimated to sell for quite affordable amounts.
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.