The 1957 Turin Show, Ex-Carlos Kauffman. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Series 1 Cabriolet. Coachwork by Carrozzeria Pinin Farina. Chassis no. 0759 GT. Engine no. 0759 GT. Photo: Bonhams.
The magnificent Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet destined for Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale is a very early, stylish example, and only the eighth of some 40 units ever built.
Having spent its life in Italy and Venezuela, it now travels to California for the highly anticipated auction, with an estimate of $6.5 million to $8.5 million. It will be offered without reserve.
Its chassis frame was delivered to the Pinin Farina plant in September 1957, and upon the assembled car's completion with this strikingly handsome body it was promptly exhibited at the 39th Salone dell' Automobile in Turin's Valentino Park exhibition hall.
In January 1958, this Cabriolet was then shipped to the Venezuelan Ferrari importer, Carlos Kauffman, in the South-American state's capital city of Caracas.
Newly registered on Venezuelan plates, it was later pictured in the factory's official 1959 Ferrari Yearbook, whose compilers every year made much of the burgeoning marque's growing global appeal. On the streets of Caracas the car turned all heads with its original white paint scheme later changed to a bright green hue. Its original price there was at 80,000 Venezuelan Bolivares.
The car later received its first private owners in Luis and Carmen Perez Dupuy. The pair went on to sell it to a Mr. Gustavo Guttierez, who retained the car until 1986 (by which time it had been repainted bright red). Ultimately, in 1991 it was inducted into the Maranello Rosso Collection in San Marino, and returned to its native Italy.
This magnificently imposing Cabriolet has been well maintained and most sympathetically restored, with its exterior Bianco paintwork providing a striking counterpoint to its Pelle Naturale Conolly leather upholstery.
Of all the road-going Ferraris from the Maranello Rosso Collection, this ex-Carlos Kauffman, 1958 Turin Show car, is particularly admired as a Ferrari of enormous distinction, rarity and surviving originality.
The ten entries from the Maranello Rosso Collection are:
1. 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta
2. 1969 Ferrari Dino 206 GT Coupe
3. 1968 Ferrari 365 GTC Coupe
4. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta
5. 1978 Ferrari 312 T3 Formula 1 Racing single-seater
6. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Pinin Farina Cabriolet
7. 1968 Ferrari Dino 166/246T Formula 2/Tasman racing single-seater
8. 1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM Endurance Racing Coupe
9. 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona uprated to Competition Specification
10. 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Speciale Aerodinamica
Bonhams' two-day Quail Lodge auction will take place August 14 and 15, with the Maranello Rosso Collection of Ten being offered on Thursday, August 14. For more details on this exciting sale, please visit Bonhams.com/Quail.
1930 OM 665 SS MM Superba. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- The historically significant 1930 OM 665 SS MM Superba is to be offered at Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction on Saturday 13th September 2014.
Boasting an impeccable competitive career, the pre-war sports racing car began life with class winning success in the gruelling Mille Miglia 1000 mile race around Italy in 1930. It continued with entries in a number of the most noted endurance races of its day including the Targa Florio and Tourist Trophy.
Perhaps lesser known than other Italian thoroughbreds, OM, which stood for Officine Meccaniche and translates as 'Mechanical Workshops' brought its engineering expertise from the manufacture of locomotives and rolling stock into motor car production in 1917 with the acquisition of Brescia based car builder Zust. The four and six cylinder cars that they built through the 1920s and 1930s were proven to be particularly competitive, achieving numerous wins in National and Regional events, firmly establishing their reputation with first, second and third place finishes in the 1927 Mille Miglia.
After its career in international racing the OM was stored away in the Midlands of the United Kingdom, until decades later reappearing when discovered in the 1960s. Recognition of its importance today can be attributed to the exhaustive research made by its owners in this period who have systematically pursued any leads to its history in an age when those associated with the car in the 1930s were still alive.
James Knight, Bonhams Global Head of Motoring, said: "the Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale is an annual spectacular of classic motoring – with this year is set to be no different. Bonhams motoring department is again set to display some spectacular cars, today announcing the first of this intriguing list: the OM.
"Of most interest for the SS MM - or SS Mille Miglia model - is its automatic acceptance for the legendary Mille Miglia race, by way of having originally competed in this event in period. This hallowed status enables its next custodian to relive successes of the likes of Bassi and Gazzabini on the arduous 1000 mile course as well as numerous other events.
"Initial thoughts are that the OM should realize a high six-figure sum. It has been sympathetically restored and comes with one of the most comprehensive history files we have seen, having passed through a handful of noted collectors all the while being actively campaigned as it had in period."
Bert Stern (American, 1929-2013), Audrey Hepburn, taken in 1963. Photo Scottsdale Auctions & Appraisals
12 x 18 , ed. 7/50. Signed in crayon in the margin recto; artist's stamp & Signature verso. Estimate $5,000 – $7,000
PROVENANCE: Obtained directly from the artist;
Walter Knox Collection Scottsdale, AZ.
Though this rare image is numbered #7/50 this was the last one Bert Stern signed before his death making there only 7 known copies.
Bert Stern (American, 1929-2013), Elizabeth Taylor in 1962, promoting 'Cleopatra?'. Photo Scottsdale Auctions & Appraisals
13 x 19 paper size, 12 x 18 image size, ed. 9/50 dated 2012. Signed in crayon in the margin recto; artist's stamp & Signature verso. Estimate $5,000 – $7,000
PROVENANCE: Obtained directly from the artist;
Walter Knox Collection Scottsdale, AZ.
Though this rare image is numbered #9/50 this was the last one Bert Stern signed before his death making there only 9 known copies.
Scottsdale Auctions & Appraisals, 7056 E. Main St. Scottsdale, AZ. 85251 - Tel: 480-874-1007 - Or at www.liveauctioneers.com
René Boivin Conch Pearl Amethyst Peridot Ring. Photo (c) Pat Saling
Price upon request.
Pat Saling, 608 Fifth Ave, NY, NY 10020, United States. Tel: 212-582-3355
Rare Belle Epoque Conch Pearl Diamond Platinum Butterfly Brooch, Circa 1900. Photo (c) MOBOCO
Rare Belle Epoque Platinum Diamond and Conch Pearl Butterfly Brooch. Circa 1900. 8 Carats of Diamonds (the center Antique Cushion Cut Diamond is about 1 Carat). Beautifully hand fabricated with complete back azuring. 2 inches wide and 1 inch tall. The Conch Pearl is 4 Carats. Typically Conch Pearls are only found in sizes of 3 Carats or less. Conch pearls are one of the most Rare and valuable of all natural pearls. They cannot be cultured but most be discovered in the wild. It has been estimated that approximately 1 in 10,000 Conch Mollusks produce a pearl, and of these only a few possess the color, shape and flame pattern necessary to be considered a gem. The color of conch pearls varies greatly. Pearls are most often found white, brown, beige, yellow, orange, pink, or red. Pink and red being the most sought after. Price: $55,750
MOBOCO. Newport Center, Newport Beach, CA, United States. Tel: 949.653.2206
Edwardian Conch pearl and Oriental Pearl Ring. Photo (c) Sandra Cronan Ltd.
An Edwardian ring set with one conch pearl and one natural Oriental pearl, each with a small diamond to to centre, with an intricate diamond set platinum mount. Price: $19,000
Sandra Cronan Ltd. 16 Albemarle St. First Floor, London, W1S 4HW, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 (0) 2074 914 851
Art Deco LaCloche Paris Conch Pearl Ear Pendants. Photo (c) Bentley & Skinner.
A fine pair of La Cloche Art Deco conch pearl, enamel and diamond drop earrings, the conch pearls suspended from a diamond and black enamel geometric top, by LaCloche Freres, circa 1920s. Price $90,300
Bentley & Skinner, 55 Piccadilly, London, W1J ODX, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 (0) 2076 290 651
Victorian Conch and Natural Pearl and Diamond Heart Brooch. Photo (c) Global Gems.
An unusual Antique Victorian brooch from the 1890s in the form of a heart, centering a drop shaped conch pearl with beautiful flames and lustre, surrounded by several natural pearls and diamonds. Price $9,316
Global Gems. Mainzerstr. 34, Idar-Oberstein, 55743, Germany - Tel: +49 678147367
Verseuse destinée pour le commerce portugais (Ewer, ca 1520, Chinese for the Portuguese market), Période de Zhengde (1506-1521), Chine, fours de Jingdezhen, porcelaine dure, décor bleu et blanc sous couverte. Hauteur : 0.187 m. Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, Purchase, Winfield Foundation Gift, 1961 (61.196). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New-York, Etats-Unis. Photo (C) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image of the MMA.