A 1955 Mercedes sold for 135 million euros, a world record for a car at auction.

A 1955 Mercedes Coupé 300 SLR Uhlenhaut sold almost triple the previous record set since 2018 by a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

A 1955 Mercedes, which exists in only two copies, was sold in early May for 135 million euros, an absolute world record for a car sold at auction, RM Sotheby’s announced on Thursday, May 19.

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A 1955 Mercedes Coupé 300 SLR Uhlenhaut was sold on May 5 at a private auction held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, in a collaboration between Sotheby’s luxury car subsidiary and the German automaker. Priced at €135 million, this Mercedes has sold almost three times as much as the previous record held since 2018 by a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold in 2018 at RM Sotheby’s for more than $48 million (€45 million). Also, Mercedes “The 300 SLR is now in the top 10 most expensive objects ever sold at auction”RM Sotheby’s boasted in a press release published Thursday in London and backed in New York by parent company Sotheby’s, which is hosting a spring art auction this week.

“Absolute High”

Oliver Barker, president of Sotheby’s Europe, quoted in a press release, said he feels “The absolute thrill of being hit by the hammer of an auction to sell this masterpiece of design and engineering, now comparable to the greatest works of art ever sold.”.

In fact, according to AFP classification of works of art sold at auctions in recent years, mainly in New York, the absolute record belongs to Savior of the world Leonardo da Vinci sold at Christie’s in November 2017 for $450.3 million in New York. Then comes Shot Sage Blue Marilyn Andy Warhol’s work sold for $195 million at Christie’s on May 9, making it the most expensive piece of 20th century art ever sold at public auction. For works of the 20th century, Women of Algeria (release 0) Pablo Picasso ($179.4 million in May 2015) and Reclining Nude Amedeo Modigliani ($170.4 million in November 2015) were sold at Christie’s.

According to this classification of works of art sold at auction for more than $100 million, the Mercedes was sold on May 5 at RM Sotheby’s and qualified as “the most beautiful car in the world” thus ranking 6th or 7th. The car, which, like the second copy, belonged to Mercedes-Benz, was sold to a private collector, and the proceeds from the sale “will be used to create “Mercedes-Benz Foundation” International Organization for Youth Research Scholarships and Training in Environmental Sciences and Decarbonization”., according to RM Sotheby’s. A private buyer of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut coupe has agreed to display its car to the public during exceptional events, while the other example will remain in the ownership of Mercedes-Benz, which will continue to display it in its museum in Stuttgart.

Recognizable by its unusual line and butterfly doors, the 300 SLR was created by engineer Rudolf Uhlenhout based on the W196 R Grand Prix race car that won Formula One twice, according to RM Sotheby’s and the luxury and sports car press. world championships in 1954 and 1955 with the Italian driver Juan Manuel Fangio. But manufacturer Mercedes-Benz was notable for the horrific crash of its car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 1955, which killed French driver Pierre Levegh and 83 spectators, keeping him out of motor racing for years.


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