After 20 minutes, the 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti from the Bardinon family sold for €32,075,200. Artcurial claim this is the most expensive car sold at auction, but the 250 GTO 3851 GT holds the record at $38,115,000 USD.
It leaves a collection of 10 signifcant Ferraris that were part of the best collection in the world: Mas du Clos. For the last 20 years the cars have been rarely seen and have been slowly coming up for sale.
The collections propritor, Pierre Bardinon passed away in 2012 and the sale of this Ferrari was reportedly being used to pay inhertance tax on the estate.
It now heads to Ohio for Brian Ross, owner of Ross Development in Cortland, Ohio. It will join 0596CM Ferrari 410 Sport which is also in his collection.
Paris – Friday 5 February 2016, shortly after 18h50, at the Retromobile Salon, Artcurial Motorcars, the collectors’ car department at Artcurial achieved the world record for a car sold at auction, under the gavel of Maitre Hervé Poulain. The iconic 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti, from the Pierre Bardinon Collection was bought by an international bidder for 32 075 200 M€ / 24 693 782 M£ / 35 711 359 M$, including premium.
Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars declared, as the car left the stage: «This exceptional Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti #0674 has achieved the highest auction price in international history (in euros and sterling), here in France, the home of the automobile, and in Paris, the world’s capital for collectors’ cars during the winter season. My team and I are very proud to have put Artcurial Motorcars on the top step of the podium for auction houses worldwide ! Our hard work, which has been rigorous and extensive, has been rewarded at the highest level. We would like to thank sellers for their continued support. Vive Paris, vive l’Automobile, vive Artcurial Motorcars ! »
The room fell silent as the lights were dimmed and the car appeared on the stage, positioned in front of the podium. Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars, presented the car in English to the bidders in the saleroom, describing the history, design and extraordinary provenance of this 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti.
Maitre Hervé Poulain started the bidding at 20 millions euros. A minute later, several people in the room and on the telephone were involved and bids rose to 26 M€. It was a further ten minutes before an international bidder in the room triumphed over the only telephone bidder to remain in the battle. To loud applause, the hammer came down on the most valuable car in the world : a 1957 Ferrari S Scaglietti.