The 1955 Mercedes, only in two copies, sold for 135 million euros in early May, setting an absolute world record for the car sold at auction, RM Sotheby’s announced on Thursday.
The 1955 Mercedes Coupé 300 SLR Uhlenhaut was sold on May 5 at a secret auction at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany in association with Sotheby’s subsidiary and manufacturer German Cars.
Priced at 13 135 million, this Mercedes has sold almost three times as much since 2018, when it was sold by the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO in 2018 for $ 48 million (45 45 million) via RM Sotheby’s.
In addition, Mercedes boasted about RM Sotheby’s in a press release published in London on Thursday that “the 300 SLR is now in the top 10 most expensive items sold at auction” and sent parent company Sotheby’s to New York. Its a spring auction for the arts this week.
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In fact, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” holds the absolute record for most artworks sold at auction in recent years, according to a classification established by the AFP, which sold for 450 .3 million in November 2017, mainly in New York. Christie is in New York.
“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” by Andy Warhol sold for $ 195 million at Christie’s on May 9, becoming the most expensive work of art in the 20th century.
For 20th-century works, both Pablo Picasso’s “The Women of Algiers (Version 0)” ($ 179.4 million in May 2015) and “No Reclining” by Amedeo Modigliani ($ 170.4 million in November 2015) sold at Christie’s. .
The Mercedes was sold by RM Sotheby’s on May 5 and qualified as the “most beautiful car in the world”, ranking 6th or 7th, according to a ranking of works that have sold over $ 100 million at auction.
As a second example, a car owned by Mercedes-Benz was sold to a private collector and the proceeds from the sale will be used to set up “international + Mercedes-Benz Fund + scholarships for training and research. For young people in ecology and decorbonization”, according to RM Sotheby’s.