1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing tops Artcurial’s Monaco auction

1990 Ferrari F40 also tops $1 million mark

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL driven only 38,000 miles since new tops Artcurial sale in Monaco | Artcurial Motorcars photo

Paris-based auction house Artcurial was in Monaco recently for a “return to the Rock” sale of jewelry, watches, vintage Hermes fashion and collector cars. The 90 cars on the docket contributed $8.3 million toward the overall sales total of $16.1 million, Artcurial reported.

While an emerald-cut 10.42 carat diamond ring sold for $957,372, the top sale of the auctions was a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing coupe that had been driven only 38,000 miles since new. The car sold for $1.416 million.

A 1990 Ferrari F40 brought $1,093,944 and a 1957 300 SL roadster went for $978,348.

Among the auction highlights was a 1962 Bentley S3 Continental cabriolet by Park Ward that was purchased new by singer Eddie Fisher, who at the time was married to actress Elizabeth Taylor. The car sold for $346,650.

For more information, visit the Artcurial website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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