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By Culturekiosque Staff

PARIS, 7 FEBRUARY 2011 — The 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Two-Seater owned by the late Fitzroy John Somerset, the 5th Baron Raglan (1927 - 2010), Patron and former Chairman of the Bugatti Owners' Club and trustee of the Bugatti Trust, sold for €943,000 including fees on Saturday 5 February  at Bonhams' sale of Motor Cars in Paris. A packed saleroom in the Grand Palais, saw competitive bidding from within the room and on the telephones. The car, which was restored in 1979 over the course of two and a half years by Lord Raglan himself, was eventually bought by a French private collector.

The 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix Two-Seater owned by
the late Fitzroy John Somerset, the 5th Baron Raglan 
Photo: Bonhams

Also from the Estate of Lord Raglan was a 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Cabriolet, with coachwork by Figoni, which sold for €333,500.

1930 Bugatti Type 46 Cabriolet
Photo: Bonhams

Another sale highlight was King Baudouin of Belgium's 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Sports Saloon, which made €333,500, a world record price for the model. The car, described in Autocar magazine (1953) as 'an expensive car designed to cater for the connoisseur of sports cars who is not limited by financial considerations', was supplied new to the King in February 1955.

Meanwhile the unique 1961 Cadillac 'Jacquelline' Coupé, which was created by the Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina in honour of America's First Lady, sold for €212,750. Significantly, the car was first exhibited in the same venue as this sale, the Grand Palais, at the 1961 Paris Salon.

1961 Cadillac Eldorado Pinifarina Jacqueline
Photo: Bonhams

Top prices were also paid for a 1930 Bugatti Type 46, this time a Faux Cabriolet by Veth & Zoom, which sold for €632,500; a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet, which fetched €506,000; and a 1992 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Landaulette, which made €483,000.

1990 Rolls-Royce Phantom 6 cream Landaulette
Photo: Bonhams

In the Motorcycle section, which realised a fantastic €375,705 in total, top lots included a 1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight, which sold for €55,200; a 1936 Brough Superior 982cc SS80, which made €44,850; and a 2005 Orange County Chopper, which fetched €34,500.

1955 Vincent 998cc Black Knight
Photo: Bonhams

Whilst in the Automobilia section, a rare Mickey Mouse mascot, circa 1929, was the star lot, realising €19,200.

In total, the sale, which attracted busy viewing and a large attendance throughout its two-day exhibition at the Grand Palais, realised  €10.1 million ($13.7 million) with 73% sold by lot.

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