Famous cars bought and sold at auction

09-05-2022

The cars of celebrities and movie stars have always attracted a lot of attention, whether on the road or in the media. When these types of cars finally go up for sale by owner, the price can be greatly inflated next to a car owned by a regular member of the general public.

Not surprisingly, the classic 1970 Porsche 911 S, previously owned by movie star actor Steve McQueen and the same Porsche 911 that appeared in his 1970s movie “Le Mans,” recently sold for a staggering $1,375,000. (£832,800) at an auction house in California. This is now a new world record for a Porsche sold at auction.

Although many of Steve McQueen’s private vehicles were sold after his death, many were given to his son. In contrast to the recent sale of the Porsche 911, in 2007 another vehicle previously owned by Steve McQueen was his metallic brown 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, which sold for a staggering $2.31 million at auction. .

Another celebrity motor junkie (and Ferrari fan) is UK broadcaster and DJ Chris Evans, who owns seven classic Ferraris (dubbed the Magnificent Seven). £12 million tag. Which makes this car more special as it is only one of 36 ever made. Another unique Ferrari that he owns is the “250 GT SWB California Spyder”, once owned by Hollywood actor James Coburn, this car was bought for £5 million. in 2008.

A vintage car, a 1932 Packard, originally owned by singer Al Jolson, sold at auction this year for a whopping $7.6 million in the United States. In contrast to cars that are owned by famous people, sometimes the cars themselves are the stars, as many cars that have appeared on TV and movies often sell for unbelievable prices.

On a less exotic note, the Reliant Regal three-wheeler used in the classic British TV comedy “Only Fools and Horses” sold for more than £40,000 (more than double the estimate) at auction in 2007, while the 1960s Batmobile car sold for nearly £120,000 in the same year.

Finally, for a little more heavenly motoring in 2005, a Volkswagen Golf formerly owned by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who later became “Pope Benedict XVI,” was sold by its current owner in the same year of purchase in a popular online auction website for an incredible $244,000 (£127,000). So it just goes to show that it doesn’t have to be a rare or exotic car to fetch a high price, it could just have a famous previous owner or unique celebrity background history that gives the car a good provenance.

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