Wednesday, February 08, 2012

3 DAYS IN PARIS: THE BONHAMS SALE

Lovely 1931 Moto Guzzi Type 15 Sport graced the entry
A soon-to-expire plane ticket to Paris was all the excuse needed for a jetlag-be-damned 3 day trip for Retromobile, the Bonhams Paris sale, and making contacts in the City of Light.  Winnowing the 1400 photos from this visually stimulating trip means splitting up my 3 days into 3 posts, the first of which concerns the second annual Bonhams Paris sale outside of Retromobile (having been unceremoniously given the boot two years ago to make way for family-of-the-management Artcurial Auctions), this year at the Halles Freyssinet, the oldest reinforced concrete industrial building in Paris.
A touch of glam in the grand industrial hall...
La Freyssinet is better known as home to many of the Paris Fashion Week runway shows, but this month the catwalk had equally sexy Facel Vegas and Laverdas under the bright lights.  And, if you have the cash, you can take the models home with you...which may also be true during Fashion Week, but we won't go there...
Mezzanine level held the food concession and a lounge - and a great spot to watch the action
Bonhams collected a stunning array of vintage cars into the hall, and managed to make the industrial space quite chic on the sales floor, with supercharged Amilcars and Bentleys vying for floor space with the auction seating and Automobilia cases.  The motorcycle collection was sourced from all over Europe, and ranged from a 1902 Clément (which I added to my currently modest garage lineup) to some fairly new Ducatis.  The photos tell the story; some good stuff was available in Paris, and plenty of bidders filled the auction floor.
1960 Corvette 'JRG Special' competition coupe (E67,850)
Supercharged 8-cylinder Alfa Romeo engine...
1937 Alvis 'Long Bonnet' 4.3L...sold for E90,850...
1928 Amilcar C6 Voiturette; supercharged straight 6...
1942 Harley WL, ex-military, now in civvies
Recently-bodied Bentley-Petersen with stunning lines, and reflections!
The big Bentley looked like a Talbot-Lago on steroids, and sold for E385,250
Another Bentley, this time a 'trad' '29 8-Litre Tourer...which sold for E615,250...
This BMW R69S-based racer sold for E19,550...

The 1902 Clément which has me needing a Davey Crockett coonskin cap...I'm a Pioneer!
Crazy little MV Agusta in Disco Volante trim, with kiddie-car chair.  Fun at E11,500...
Another Disco Volante, this time a 1954 Alfa Romeo re-creation...
1958 Norton Dominator 99, beautifully restored, sold for E8625...
A different kind of 'nose art' on this 1961 Facel Vega HK500 coupé...
...which is simply one of my favorite cars, especially as it was made in Paris....
...and collectors have taken notice too, as prices have skyrocketed; this one sold for E81,650...

Considering the bidding on one of the Facel Vegas...yes you'd look perfect in it!
Bonhams behind the scenes; white-suited pushers waiting for the next bike...

1943 Indian 741 Scout, also ex-military, now leading a more relaxed life, sold for E13,800
A pair of racing Laverdas: 1986 SFC 1000 proddy racer and '54 Model 100MT, ex-Giro d'Italia
1953 Panhard Dyna Junior Roadster

A re-bodied '29 Rolls Royce Phantom...
Shapely Italian, English, and French bodies...
This Singer is coming up for sale at Bonhams Stafford sale on April 29th
The 'Spirit of Ecstasy'...

The Domi awaiting its star turn...
The ex-Sammy Davis Jr. '68 Maserati Ghibli Berlinetta gets its turn under the lights, and sold for E79,350...
Two hours later, this man was falling asleep in his soup...




(Note: Bonhams is the principal sponsor of The Vintagent)

2 comments:

Andrew Macpherson said...

Paul, what did the Laverda triple go for, and do you have any more shots of it? Always loved those!

Great report and pix as always, thanks for sharing!

Nicholas Biebuyck said...

The Laverda 1000 went unsold.

On a sperate note, the Singer is being sold at Stafford on April 29th, but will be on display at Bristol, and on Madeira Drive at the end of the Pioneer Run, together with a 1906 Humber I collected today and a number of other early machines.