Well, that escalated quickly. The most expensive car from Day 1 of the auctions in Monterey this year went for $605,000. Friday’s sales saw 28 cars go for at least $1 million, three of which busted well into eight figures. Among them were the most expensive British car ever sold at auction (an Aston Martin, for $22,550,000), the priciest McLaren F1 (at $15,620,000), and the highest hammer price in history for a Porsche ($14,080,000). These sales and seven others make up the top 10 most expensive cars that changed hands at auction yesterday on the Monterey Peninsula.
Sotheby’s called the DBR1 “the most important model in Aston Martin history.” The one that rolled onto the auction block Friday was the first of only five ever built, and it’s the only DBR1 to ever to go on public sale.
Bond famously drove a tricked-out DB5 model, a luxury model built for speed and comfort rather than the racing track.
Other Astons to fare well included the brutish DBR9, which more than doubled its lower estimate fetching 560,000 dollars (616,000 dollars incl. premium), the ex-Brian Redman AMR1 Group C auto, which hammered at an on-estimate 560,000 dollars (616,000 dollars incl. premium), and the fabulous DB4GT prototype, which made 6.765m dollars all in.
The bidding wraps up Saturday, when RM Sotheby’s offers a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, Gooding features a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C, Mecum rolls out its supercar lineup and Russo and Steele puts a 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 R&P roadster on the block.