Gooding & Company at Pebble Beach 18 - 19th August 2007 Review

Held over two days this year, Gooding’s 2007 Pebble sale grossed more than $60 million in sales. Yes, $60 million and of that $14.3 million was raised for charity when a unique collection of early Rolls-Royce motor cars went under the hammer. The overall top seller was a pre-War ‘Blower’ Bentley, while cars such as the ex-BRUMOS 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR went for $891,000.

Astonishing stuff but I think we all knew that was likely to happen, stock market alarums and excursions notwithstanding. These are really unique cars that were produced in mere handfuls and, to the collector, are desirable at virtually any price.

1931 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Roadster - Sold for $4,510,000

The 1931 Blower Bentley was from the E. Ann Klein Estate while the second-highest sale of the weekend, a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder sold for $4,455,000.

Of television producer Greg Garrison's nine cars, seven were one-of-a-kind Ferraris, and the 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder broke a world-record by selling for $2,035,000 million, while the 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupe finished with the collection's second-highest sale of $1.32 million.

Other top-selling Saturday auction results include a 1962 Maserati 5000 GT at $1.1 million, a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV at $869,000 and a 1935 Voisin C25 Clairiere Berline that sold for $330,000.

As the largest donation of its kind in the world, all fifteen of Richard J. Solove's Rolls-Royces collectively generated $14.3 million for the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at Ohio State University, allowing the hospital to continue its direct funding of cancer research.

1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder - Sold for $4,455,000

Solove's Rolls-Royces included the only-known complete collection of first-series Silver Ghosts, with models from 1907-1915, one of which - the 1912 Rolls-Royce SG Limousine by Barker, nicknamed "The Corgi" - sold for $2.97 million as the highest sale of the collection.

Other sales on Sunday included a 1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder for $1,375,000, a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 Spyder at $1,320,000, and $107,250 for a 1952 Jaguar XK120.

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Text - Steve Wakefield
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