The ‘live attendance’ of 115,000 at Auto e Moto d’Epoca in Padova was impressive, the subjectfocused turnout exceeding those of some F1 and Moto GP races at what has become Italy’s alternative to Essen, Rétromobile and the upcoming Classic Motor Show at the Birningham NEC.
Bonhams’ inaugural sale at this Padua event were not hidden away in an auction hall, either; visitors could see and hear the auction process (quite possibly for the first time) as they strolled between halls, only needing a catalogue to gain access to cars and bidding within the sale area.
The catalogue cover featured a cosmetically sharp 1960 Maserati 3500GT with Spyder bodywork by Vignale, sold to a bidder for €638,250 (£563,700) during a €3.3m (£2.9m) afternoon. A Norwegian registered and Danish resident Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster originally US-supplied in 1957 and in unexceptional cosmetic order was knocked down for €897,000 (£795,038) with charges to an internet bidder.
Bidding online rather than just viewing cars being auctioned in advance or following sales ‘live’ is certainly increasing. H&H, which has just launched its own online platform, say that 15-18 per cent of the cars and motorcycles it auctions are now being sold online. Previously, on-line purchases have attracted an additional surcharge of 1-3 per cent, depending upon the third party platform handling the bid.
But now, those who register with and use the auction firm’s own platform, powered by Bidpath inline services, will have no internet charges for bidding on lots directly via its website, just as would be the case for those who have made the journey to physically bid in the hall.
You can only personally check out the metal and all-important (and hopefully hard copy) paperwork first-hand if you are there in person though – call me old fashioned, but I cannot imagine anybody competing by mouse for the Paul Newman Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch that has just been hammered by Phillips in New York for a cool $17.8m (£13.5m)!
‘Visitors could see and hear the auction as they strolled between Padova’s halls’
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