Only last week did we write about horology’s version of the illusive motoring ‘Barn Find’ with the JLC Deep Sea that fetched over $35k after being purchased for only $5.99. The motoring ‘barn find’ is just as exciting a concept especially when it includes a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider.
Only months ago on the estate of former French transport magnate Roger Baillon’s estate was a barn find of epic proportions. The Artcurial team fielded a phone call from the representative of a deceased estate, which in turn had been inherited by the deceased from his father a decade prior. Several children had been bequeathed the estate, which included a collection of old cars that had lain untouched for nearly half a century. In an effort to discover the value of the cars, they called Artcurial, best known as France’s leading auctioneer of art and antiques.
Roger Baillon collected the world’s finest cars in the 1950s with the intentions of creating a museum. Unfortunately his business went sour and with it his car collection which deteriorated over a 50 year period in a series of barns on his former estate. The collection consisting of over 100 exotic vintage automobiles was uncovered by the Collectors’ Car Department at Artcurial and went to auction on Friday breaking numerous world records.
In an 11 hour, two part marathon auction with 3,500 people present in the auction hall and another 1,000 registered and bidding online, 89 percent of the lots saw a sale, many of them well over expected prices. Three separate cars broke the auction world records for their model; a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, 1956Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Berlinetta Frua and 1968 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada sold for $18.5 million, $2.2 million and $1.4 million, respectfully.
Check out the shots below.
All images from Artcurial