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The auction catalogue reads like a ‘best of’ list from a century of motoring

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Time-limited luxuries

Image: shooterz.biz © 2010 Courtesy of RM Auctions

October 21 2010
Lindsay Macpherson

Pre-sale publicity over RM Auctions’ annual Automobiles of London sale on October 27 has predictably focused on the appearance of James Bond’s original (and iconic) 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (first picture), complete with 007 gadgetry such as revolving number plates, an integrated oil-slick sprayer, passenger eject button and smoke screen. But there is a great deal more beyond the auction’s headline act, as the catalogue of 207 lots (many of which have no reserve) reads like a “best of” list of the most important and historic cars from the past century of motoring.

Fans of movie memorabilia who can’t quite stretch to the £3m-£5m the DB5 is expected to fetch may wish to check out the original Lamborghini Islero GTS, from the 1970 Roger Moore movie The Man Who Haunted Himself (second picture; with an estimate of £95,000-£135,000). And among a raft of early models, the highlight is the corporate collection from famed British coachbuilder Hooper (lots 110-132) whose 23 rare vehicles include a gold-plated 1920 Pierce-Arrow Passenger Coupé (estimated at £70,000-£100,000).

Perhaps inspired by its reported £12m sale of a Ferrari 250 GTO to DJ Chris Evans earlier this year, RM Auctions has lined up nine pristine-condition Ferraris, including the factory-certified prototype 365 California Spyder (fourth picture; £550,000-£680,000), while the winning bidder for the Pagani Zonda R created by former Lamborghini engineer Horacio Pagani (third picture; estimated at £1.3m-£1.4m) will become the owner of the highest-performance street-legal car ever created.

Purchase of the £50 catalogue admits two for the sales previews, which run from 10am to 5pm on October 26 and from 10am to 4pm on October 27, as well as seats at the auction itself. Those who register to bid are also invited to the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang drinks reception at 6.30pm on the 26th.

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