Rare Ferrari Berlinetta fetches a staggering £23m at auction
Car is just one of 39 ever made
Friday 15 August 2014
A Ferrari has become the most expensive car sold publicly after fetching £23 million at auction.
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, known as 3851 GT, is one of just 39 made, and is regarded as one of the world’s greatest Ferraris.
The crowd watching the sale broke into applause after the buyer’s bid was confirmed at Bonhams’ auction in Carmel, California.
It means the model, previously involved in a fatal accident, becomes the most expensive car publicly sold in the world. The previous record, set at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed auction in Sussex last year, was a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 R F1 Racer bought for about £18 million.
Bonhams chairman Robert Brooks said: "It's been a genuine privilege to represent this outstanding car and we are absolutely delighted with today's results."
The GTO was the 19th model made and had been owned since 1965 by a racing enthusiast family, the Violatis, who used it to compete in a number of races.
But maker Ferrari had to repair the vehicle after Henri Oreiller, the former French skiing champion, was killed during one race that it competed in three years prior. Since being repaired, the vehicle has been used up until the early 21st century and its latest sale marks its new era.
Life & Style blogs
Astrological signs are almost all wrong, as movement of moon and sun throws out zodiac
Professional wine tasters putting teeth at risk, study finds
NHS property sale could raise £7.5bn to help pay off its growing deficit and free up space for housing
Clocks change: how to make sure iPhone and smartphones automatically ‘spring forward’
Gay marriage, one year on: Couples mark first anniversary of same-sex marriages
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 1 East 17 bandmember Brian Harvey in 'very desperate situation’
- 2 Is this bridge haunted by the ghost of nu rave?
- 3 Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
- 4 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
£6 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join a gro...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Service Delivery Manager is required to join...
£12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A opportunity has arisen for a ...
£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...