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Moving sculptures: Previewing Art of the Automobile

About the author

Deputy editor of BBC Autos, Jonathan was formerly the editor of The New York Times' Wheels blog. His automotive writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Details, Surface, Intersection and Design Observer. He has an affinity for the Citroën DS and Toyota pickup trucks of the early 1990s.

  • 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti
    $12m to $15m. (Jonathan Schultz)
  • 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti
    $12m to $15m. (Michael Furman/RM Auctions)
  • 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi
    $3m to $4m. (Michael Furman/RM Auctions)
  • 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi
    $3m to $4m. (Jonathan Schultz)
  • 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster
    $1m to $1.4m. (Michael Furman/RM Auctions)
  • 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II ‘Supersonic’ by Ghia and 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster
    Aston: $1.8m to $2.4m; BMW: $1m to $1.4m. (Jonathan Schultz)
  • 1912 Stutz Model A Bearcat
    $800,000 to $1.2m. (Michael Furman/RM Auctions)
  • 1964 Chevrolet CERV II and 1912 Stutz Model A Bearcat
    CERV: $1.4m to $1.8m; Bearcat: $800,000 to $1.2m. (Jonathan Schultz)
  • 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Competition' Berlinetta Speciale by Carrozzeria Bertone
    $6.5m to $8.5m. (Michael Furman/RM Auctions)
  • 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Competition' Berlinetta Speciale by Carrozzeria Bertone
    $6.5m to $8.5m. (Jonathan Schultz)
  • 1929 Ford 'Dick Flint' Roadster by Valley Custom Shop
    $700,000 to $900,000. (Michael Furman/RM Auctions)
  • 1929 Ford 'Dick Flint' Roadster by Valley Custom Shop
    $700,000 to $900,000. (Jonathan Schultz)
  • 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study by Carrozzeria Boano Torino
    $2m to $2.5m. (Michael Furman/RM Auctions)
  • 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study by Carrozzeria Boano Torino
    $2m to $2.5m. (Jonathan Schultz)
  • 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird
    $400,000 to $500,000. (Michael Furman/RM Auctions)
  • 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird
    $400,000 to $500,000. (Jonathan Schultz)
  • 1955 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder by Carrozzeria Zagato and 1967 Toyota 2000GT
    Maserati: $3.5m to $4.5m; Toyota: $700,000 to $1m. (Jonathan Schultz)
  • 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi
    $8m to $10m. (Michael Furman/RM Auctions)
  • 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi
    $8m to $10m. (Jonathan Schultz)
  • 1959 Porsche 356 A Carrera 1600 GS 'Sunroof' Coupé by Karosserie Reutter
    $550,000 to $650,000. (Jonathan Schultz)

HIDE CAPTION

The plutocrats have taken roost on Manhattan Island.

Following a week in which the highest auction prices ever paid for works by Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon and Jeff Koons were logged in New York, Sotheby’s and RM Auctions have convened a glinting, glamorous sale on the far east side of Manhattan.

Art of the Automobile, scheduled for 21 November, is among the most heavily stacked car auctions in the city’s history, and it lands when exuberance in the art market is duly reflected in the car hobby. A 1964 Ferrari 250 Le Mans racecar is expected to exceed its high pre-auction estimate of $15m, and if that seems optimistic, bear in mind that a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Spider sold in August 2013 for $27.5m – an auction record for Ferrari and well above RM’s $17m pre-auction high estimate.

Above is just a sample of the beautiful time bandits on hand. For those who wish to try their luck in the online bidding, registration details are here.

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