To animate the second part of Rétromobile, held from 6 to 10 February, Porte de Versailles in Paris, the Artcurial auction house is taking place with four appointments starting this Friday. The auction on February 8 of 150 vintage cars, for a low estimate of 65 million euros, retains full attention from fans. But the sale of 90 motorcycles MV Agusta, that of Automobilia (various objects related to the car) and, even more unusual, that of a series of helmets of Formula 1 drivers (including that of Schumacher estimated at 100,000 euros) should also animate the spans of the Salon.
The star of this edition is not a Ferrari, but an Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta. Produced in 1939, only 5 copies, awarded the prestigious Pebble Beach elegance competition in the United States, it is estimated at 16 to 22 million euros. For General Manager of Artcurial Motorcars, Matthieu Lamour, it is "The nectar of mechanical and aesthetic engineering of time". The other star is a Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix of 1931. The sixth place finishes at the Grand Prix of Monaco in 1932 and is evaluated from 4 to 4.5 million euros.
Eight hours on the hammer
Hervé Poulain, auctioneer and pilot at his time, will hold the hammer on Rétromobile for 8 hours in a row and enchant his audience of about 3,000 fans, fans of his show. He organized the first sale of vintage cars in 1974 and brought art and industry closer together by creating his Art Cars in 1975 with BMW, painted by artists from around the world: the first decorated by Calder participated in the 24 hours Le Mans; then Franck Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Cao Fei and John Baldessari – played the game.
Artcurial Motorcars took care of the stories this year and invited specialized journalists to discover before the show in Orly in a former Air France hangar for the Caravelle, a dozen exceptional models from 1926 to 1992, accused of history and belonging to real passionate people .
Pastor in the valorisation of old-timers, Artcurial Rétromobile has made an indispensable event such that the American RM Sotheby & # 39; s and the English Bonhams organize their sales in Paris during the show. "The price of vintage cars began to rise seven or eight years ago, but it is a healthy market that quickly excludes the speculator or showman who gives up at the first breakdown"says Hervé Poulain. "The real amateur has to give his person to let his car roll, otherwise it will deteriorate, in order to pass on his passion to his husband, for an investor it is more convenient to buy art!" He jokes.
That is why, if the market for collectors follows the trends of the art market, it absorbs the speculative curves. "The collector car market is also generative," says the auctioneer. Thus, pre-war cars are less popular than those of the years 1950-1960 because the customer is being renewed. And because the duplication of a model weakens the price increase, it is necessary to make each car unique on the basis of its history. "For a race car, the better his racing record is, the higher his rating will be", concludes Hervé Poulain.
RM Sotheby & # 39; s and Bonhams in Paris
RM Sotheby & # 39; s has been offered for sale on February 6, Vauban places 85 cars. Between the flagships went a Ferrari F40 LM in 1995 and 1996 at 24 hours from Le Mans (estimated between 4.5 and 5.5 million euros), a Porsche 550 Spyder, which made the luck of the national team Belgian in the 24 hours from Le Mans 1957 (from 3.8 to 4.3 million); a Ferrari 275 GTB / 6C from 1966 (from 3 to 3.3 million); a BMW 507 (from 2 to 2.2 million). Bonhams stood in line for his 143 vehicles in the Grand Palais, distinguished by the number of pre-war present: a Mercedes 540 K Convertible Type A from 1939 estimated between 1.7 and 2.3 million, an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 series IV from 1930 with the 1000 Miglia 1930 and 1931 (between 1.2 and 1.6 million), a Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport from 1928 (from 1.25 to 1.45 million), and a Bentley 6½ Four Light Weymann Fabric (1 , 2 to 1.4 million).