Clint Eastwood’s Car at Bonhams 7th Annual Christmas Ferrari Sale

Would-be buyers and enthusiastic Ferrari connoisseurs
flocked through fresh snow to the magnificent Palace Hotel in
Gstaad, Switzerland for the seventh annual Bonhams Europe Christmas
Ferrari Sale.

Most talked about price realised in the saleroom was no less
than CHF558,087 (US$481,800) paid by a determined Italian bidder
for the ex-Dino de Laurentis/Clint Eastwood Ferrari 275GTB –
a new benchmark price for this particular model. This sleekly-styled
150mph two-seat Berlinetta was owned by the star of ‘Dirty
Harry’, ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ and
so many other movie world classics during the 1960s, and is
still finished in the startling green livery in which he had
the car repainted.

Other star Lots which sold well in a packed saleroom jammed
with eager bidders from all around the globe included:

The
1958 Ferrari 250 California Spider – This perfect ‘matching
numbers’ example of the most glamorous of all open-cockpit
two-seater road-going Ferraris is a superb example of the car
the stars of Hollywood loved to own in period. It sold to a
European collector for CHF1,450,500 (US$1,252,220).

The ex-Brussels Salon 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast – In its day
one of the world’s most exclusive high-performance quality
cars, sold far above its price estimate for CHF381,729 (US$329,545).
This magnificent machine – only the fifth built by Ferrari –
was finally secured by an English telephone bidder. This imposing
5-litre V12 with its breathtakingly beautiful Pininfarina body
styling was in period owned by the Dupont industrialist family.

The ex-King Hussein of Jordan 1974 Ferrari 365GT/4 Boxer Berlinetta
– Perhaps the finest surviving example of its type, this extraordinarily
high-quality supercar, glowing in the late King Hussein of Jordan’s
favoured bright orange livery, was bought by a European collector
for CHF183,327 (US$152,265). This exclusive car – flown new
direct from the Ferrari factory to King Hussein’s palace
in Amman – still retains his specified 8-track stereo/radio
and had covered fewer than 6,300kms from new…fully justifying
its new record price for the model, a value level not seen since
the late 1980s.

The
ex-Ludovico Scarfiotti 1960 Ferrari 250GT Series II coupé
– Another new record price – this time for a Ferrari 250GT coupé
was realised for this magnificent Cognolato restored example
formerly owned by two Ferrari works racing drivers Ludovico
Scarfiotti and Gino Munaron – after a fierce bidding battle
between English, Irish and Scandinavian connoisseurs. The car
was ultimately knocked-down to the latter for no less than CHF218,599
(US$188,715).

1984 Ferrari 288GTO – One of the rarest of all modern Ferrari
models, this limited-edition, twin-turbocharged mid-engined
Berlinetta sold to Greece for CHF370,706 (US$320,030).

1968 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta – Bonhams Gstaad Sale
again demonstrated the enduring interest and enthusiasm for
fine examples of this 4.4-litre front-engined 4-cam V12 classic
– as this Giallo Fly (bright yellow) example was secured by
its new Swiss owner for CHF205,372 (US$177,300). A specially
modified high-performance 1972 Competizione variant of the same
model – offered fresh from a respected Dutch Collection – sold
to a Swiss racing driver for CHF315,595 (US$272,455).

The Collectibles section of the Bonhams Gstaad Christmas Sale
traditionally thrives and highlights this year included:

A 1:10-scale scratchbuilt model Ferrari 250GTO/64 by Michele
Conti – Sold for CHF30,475 (US$26,310).

Unrestored Ferrari California Spider Hardtop – A very rare
and practical accessory for the Italian marque’s most revered
two-seat convertible ‘roadster’ – sold to an American
‘Cal Spider’ owner for no less than CHF27,600 (US$23,830).

The popular clocks and watches section of the Bonhams Gstaad
Christmas Sale saw craftsman-made Swiss time-pieces sell well,
highlighted by:

Modern era PATEK PHILIPPE with moon phases and power reserve
– Sold above estimate for CHF25,875 (US$22,340).

Modern era IWC pink gold 7-day wristwatch – Sold for CHF14,950
(US$12,910).

And perhaps the happiest recipients of a Bonhams Gstaad Christmas
Sale Lot will be the children for whom a working Ferrari 330
P2 childrens single seat racing car was secured for no less
than CHF17,250 (US$14,890) after some extremely energetic bidding
between competitive parents!

The Gstaad Sale grossed some CHF 5-million with some 68 per
cent of all Lots sold under the hammer.

For more details visit the Bonhams
web site.


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