Alain Delon’s Ferrari Sold for $18.5 mil.
Ferrari 250 GT California Spider roadster that was owned by actor Alain Delon in the 60’s and found on an abandoned manor in December 2014 among a hundred of other rarities, was sold for $18.5 mil. on an auction in Paris. Hereby, the car took the fourth place in the list of the most expensive lots in the world in history.
Besides, on that same auction, nine other cars from the collection found in the end of the last year were sold as well. They include 1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Berlinetta Frua ($2.2 mil.), 1996 Ferrari 275 Berlinetta ($2.2 mil.), and 1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB 1949 ($1.9 mil.).
At the moment, the most expensive lot ever sold on an auction remains the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta. In August 2014, the car was auctioned off for $38.115 mil. It broke the previous record, set in 2013, when a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 F-1 bolide was sold for $29.9 mil. Before this, for 26 years in a row, a 1987 Bugatti Royale Kellner coupe was the leader, having been sold for $20.3 mil.
The collection found in December 2014 was owned by magnate Roger Baillon, who collected cars until bankruptcy in 1970’s to make his own museum in the end. It is not entirely clear, if these cars were truly abandoned and if they only were found just now. Artcurial auction house explained that it were Baillon’s heirs, who have addressed them to appraise these cars.