AS­TON MARTIN AND RM SOTHEBY’S FORM PART­NER­SHIP

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AS­TON MARTIN has an­nounced a new part­ner­ship with RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auc­tion house for in­vest­ment-qual­ity ve­hi­cles

Com­menc­ing in 2019, RM Sotheby’s will hold an an­nual As­ton Martin sin­gle­mar­que sale, which looks set to be­come a high­light of Mon­terey Car Week.

The new part­ner­ship, suc­cess­fully kicked off at this year’s Mon­terey event with a 1963 As­ton Martin DP215 Grand Tour­ing Com­pe­ti­tion Pro­to­type go­ing un­der the auc­tion­eer’s ham­mer for a stag­ger­ing A$29 mil­lion.

The most sig­nif­i­cant one-off As­ton Martin Works car, the DP215 was driven by Lu­cien Bianchi and Phil Hill at Le Mans in 1963 and is the fi­nal David Brown com­pe­ti­tion As­ton Martin.

“What a great way to start this ex­cit­ing new part­ner­ship,” said Paul Spires, Pres­i­dent of As­ton Martin Works. “The mar­ket for his­toric cars is boom­ing so it is vi­tal that As­ton Martin is rep­re­sented by the best auc­tion house in the busi­ness. RM Sotheby’s give us the op­por­tu­nity to reach a global au­di­ence with their in­ter­na­tional clien­tele.”

RM Sotheby’s was formed in 2015, when RM Auc­tions and Sotheby’s joined forces, cre­at­ing an auc­tion house to cater for the global col­lec­tor car mar­ket.

Ken­neth Ahn, Pres­i­dent, RM Sotheby’s said: “It’s cer­tainly an hon­our to join As­ton Martin in cel­e­brat­ing a mile­stone an­niver­sary of its mo­tor­sport his­tory in 2019 and the ex­cep­tional road cars that have come to de­fine the brand. In keep­ing with RM Sotheby’s record­break­ing suc­cess in the sale of im­por­tant As­ton Martins at auc­tion, we look for­ward to pre­sent­ing the mar­que’s very best mo­tor cars from around the world in Mon­terey next year, an auc­tion set­ting un­like any other.”

As­ton Martin’s suc­cess­ful Sec­ond Cen­tury Plan, which is de­liv­er­ing a new As­ton Martin model ev­ery year for seven years, also prom­ises two ‘spe­cials’ per year, which are set to be­come col­lectibles of the fu­ture.

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