Unique model of the Lamborghini Huracan rear-wheel drive, donated to His Holiness Pope Francis on November 27, 2017, has been sold for €809,375 (est. €250k - €350k) at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Monte Carlo’s Grimaldi Forum on May 12.
The auction house said, the car was offered without a reserve price, and all proceeds from the sale of this uniquely customized supercar will be donated by Pope Francis. Pope will allocate them accordingly to the Vatican’s preferred charitable organizations. A large number of bidders who were present in the room, online and on the telephone lines, were eager to secure this special and completely unrepeatable car, which pays tribute to the colors of the flag of the Vatican City, painted in Bianco Monocerus with Giallo Tiberino. Lamborghini unveiled the one-off car in the Vatican during a special ceremony on November 15, 2017 in the presence of Pope Francis, who signed the bonnet of the car.
“Also, a 2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse with numerous Transformers-themed custom features with a mere coverage of 840 km boosted auction performance to €1,720,625 with premium (£1,514,150), more than €200,000 over estimate. The car features numerous unique Transformers-themed modifications, the light blue example with contrasting blue carbon fibre making it the ultimate incarnation of the supercar,” said the auction house.
The auction house writes, “The beautiful 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II rightfully rounded out the top three sales. With Ferrari’s legendary Colombo V-12 nestling under the bonnet and with its beautiful convertible styling, the matching numbers car was impeccably restored in Italy and is Classiche certified. Exceeding its high estimate, the car made an impressive €1,692,500 (est. €1.4m - €1.6m).”
“Porsche has been delivering quite good results for some time, and two fascinating and very different examples were notable sales in Monaco. First up was the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight, an historic car which was factory-built for Finnish racing and rally driver, Leo Kinnunen sold for €1,242,500 and the other one was 2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport, one of only three built, and the actual car which appeared on the company’s 2018 Geneva Motor Show stand sold for €1,107,500 (est. €800k - €900k),” writes the auction house.
The auction quoted Augustin Sabatie-Garat, Auction Manager, RM Sotheby’s Europe, “Once again we have enjoyed a strong sale in Monaco. We offered some fine cars and it was a particular privilege to sell the Lamborghini Huracan for such an incredible charitable cause. We saw strong individual prices achieved across the board, and it is clear the market is still robust enough for world-record results to be achieved.”
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