Moving sculptures: Previewing Art of the Automobile

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.