Most Expensive Cars Sold At An Auction

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An auction might not be the ideal place to bargain for a car. Have you ever been a part of a car auction? If yes, do let us know about your experience.

On the other hand, have you ever wondered about the kind of money that is involved in a niche car auction?

If you ever decide to get hold of a car at an auction, get ready to spend a premium, as the auctioneer charges a fee called a buyer's premium, anywhere between 5% to 20% in addition to the selling price of the car. Moreover, sometimes you are required to pay a seller's premium as well.

Drivespark cracks down on some of the most expensive cars sold at an auction till date. Be it auctioneers such as Goodings & Company or RM Auctions, listed in the photo gallery below are some of the most exotic cars to face the gavel.

The story continues. Click through the slides for more:

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa or better known as the Ferrari TR, is a race car that ruled the tracks in the 1950s and 60s.

Fact - Only thirty-four 250 Testa Rossas were built, from 1956 through 1961.

  • Auction Price - $16,390,000
  • Auctioneer - Goodings & Company
  • Date of Auction - August 21, 2011

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Roadster

The Mercedes-Benz 540K was manufactured from 1935 to 1940. This was one of the most wanted cars of its time.

Fact - Jack Warner of Warner Brothers film studios owned a Mercedes-Benz 540K.

  • Auction Price - $11,770,000
  • Auctioneer - Goodings & Company
  • Date of Auction - August 19, 2012

1960 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Competizione Spyder

Ferrari had developed this model especially for North American markets. Hollywood actor James Coburn once owned this beauty.

Fact - 250 GT California Spyder LWB was a rare model. Only 50 were ever made.

  • Auction Price - $11,275,000
  • Auctioneer - Goodings & Company
  • Date of Auction - August 19, 2012

1968 Ford GT40

If you like high performance American-British cars, the Ford GT40 has to be on your list. This car was produced between 1964 to 1969 to beat the Ferrari's.

Fact - Won the 24 hours of Le Mans four consecutive times.

  • Auction Price - $11,000,000
  • Auctioneer - RM Auctions
  • Date of Auction - August 17, 2012

1931 Duesenberg Model J Long-Wheelbase Coupe

Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company, Inc was active from 1913 to 1937. The model J was produced between 1928 to 1937.

Fact - Duesenberg cars were entirely built by hand.

  • Auction Price - $10,340,000
  • Auctioneer - RM Auctions
  • Date of Auction - August 17, 2012

1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe

The Bugatti Royale was meant for Royalty. It is about 20% longer, and more than 25% heavier than the new age Rolls Royce Phantom.

Fact - Bugatti manufactured only six cars and managed to sell only three during its time. The 'Kellner' was the fifth car.

  • Auction Price - $9,800,000
  • Auctioneer - Christie's
  • Date of Auction - November 17, 1987

1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Spider

Fact - This Ferrari model is the only 4-litre Testa Rossa built, it also is the last Testa Rossa and the last front-engined sports racing car built by Ferrari.

  • Auction Price - $9,281,250
  • Auctioneer - RM Auctions
  • Date of Auction - May 20, 2007

1955 Ferrari 410S

Fact - Only four examples of the 410 sport were built by Ferrari in 1955. It was purely developed for the notorious Carrera Panamericana road race .

  • Auction Price - $8,250,000
  • Auctioneer - RM Auctions
  • Date of Auction - August 17, 2012

1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe

Fact - this legendary design was the vision of Jean Bugatti, son of founder Ettore Bugatti. Only 17 Atalante cars were made. The name Atalante was derived from a heroine of Greek mythology, Atalanta.

  • Auction Price - $7,920,000
  • Auctioneer - Gooding & Company
  • Date of Auction - August 17, 2008
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1929 Bentley Blower

"There's no replacement for displacement" and the Bentley 4½ Litre was full of this character.

Fact - The supercharged version of the 4½ Litre was known as the 'Blower Bentley' which produced 175 hp for the touring model and 240 hp for the racing version.

  • Auction Price - $7,906,745
  • Auctioneer - Bonhams
  • Date of Auction - June 29, 2012

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Story first published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 13:59 [IST]
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