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slmag.net 37 BONHAMS e company posted multiple world records during its Scottsdale sale, including a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition, which became both the most valuable E-Type and most valuable post-1960 Jaguar to ever sell at auction. A telephone bidder paid an impressive $7,370,000. A 1952 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider realized $6,380,000, setting a new world auction record for the model. It was driven in period by noted factory drivers in almost every prominent race, including the Mille Miglia, 24-Hours of Le Mans and Targa Florio, to name but a few. Also establishing a new world auction record was a highly original 1964 Porsche 904 GTS, with one owner for the past 28 years that was purchased for $2,310,000 by a private European enthusiast. James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring director, commented, "We were applauded by the market for assembling one of the finest selection of cars ever seen at Scottsdale. To have achieved a near sell- out of our highlight cars, backed up with an 82 percent sell-through rate is immensely satisfying." Bonham's Top Five Sales 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Competition – $7,370,000 1952 Ferrari 340 America Spider Competizione – $6,380,000 1928 Mercedes-Benz TyP S 26/120/180 Supercharged Sports Tourer – $4,812,500 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 5th Series Supercharged Grand Sport Spider – $2,805,000 1964 Porsche 9045 GTS – $2,310,000 RM SOTHEBY'S For its 18th annual Phoenix sale, held at the Arizona Biltmore, RM Sotheby's reported close to $54 million in total sales, with 89 percent of all lots sold. Bidders hailed from 30 countries, with 20 percent those being first-time RM Sotheby's clientele. The top-seller among the 141 lots that found a new garage to call home was the one-off, owner-commissioned 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster, which sold for $6,600,000. Several best-of-category Ferraris fetched top dollar, led by a highly awarded, matching-numbers 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS, which surpassed its pre-sale estimate by realizing $3,602,500, nearly triple the previous auction record for the model. Also setting a new auction benchmark was a 1995 Ferrari F50, one of just two U.S. delivery examples finished in black, which brought $3,135,000. "This year's top 10 sales clearly indicate that demand for modern supercars remains strong, while exceptional pre-war classics – such as the 540 K – anchor the strength and resilience of the market," said Ian Kelleher, managing director of RM Sotheby's West Coast Division. RM Sotheby's Arizona Top Five Sales: 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster – $6,600,000 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS – $3,602, 500 1995 Ferrari F50 – $3,135,000 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico – $3,080,000 2003 Ferrari Enzo – $2,695,000 sl Selling for $6,380,000, this 1952 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider set a new world auction record for the model. Photo by Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams. Tommy Hilfiger's Ferrari Enzo was a sale favorite amongst numerous exceptional Ferraris. Photo by Patrick Ernzen, courtesy of RM Sotheby's. A 1967 Volkswagen Type 2 Westfalia Camper sold for $57,750. Photo by David Bush, courtesy of Bonhams. e barn-find 1948 Tucker 48 generated a final $1,347,500. Photo by Patrick Ernzen, courtesy of RM Sotheby's.