California’s Monterey peninsula, a verdant, wooded outcrop south of San Francisco, is typically known as a pilgrimage site for the world’s golf-playing elites. But this week, “Pebble Beach” connotes a vision even more genteel.
Ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance on 18 August, the premiere vintage-automobile event in North America, are for many attendees the real attraction of the week: blockbuster car auctions that feature the kind of metal rarely glimpsed outside of museums or private garages.
Gooding & Company, RM Auctions and Bonhams have sold some of the most expensive, most recognisable cars ever built on and around the Monterey peninsula. Apropos of what figures to be a banner week for auctioneers, we offer this survey of the most recognisable – and in some cases, the most expensive – cars ever sold at public auction, whether at Pebble or other up-market enclaves around the world. (Photo: Shooterz.biz/RM Auctions)