May 23, 2024

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Lewis Hamilton Team Car Sets Auction Record in Las Vegas

RM Sotheby’s Las Vegas Grand Prix auction wrapped alongside last weekend’s Formula One race in Sin City, with a host of million-dollar lots on offer inside Wynn Las Vegas’ Awakening Theater. Overall, 87% of the lots on offer found new ownership, with a final total adding up to $59,704,685.

2013 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W04
Alex Penfold ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

“In collaboration with Wynn Las Vegas, the RM Sotheby’s team worked tirelessly to create something truly extraordinary for the race week in Las Vegas, a challenging feat amidst a plethora of high-quality events,” said Bryon Madsen, President of RM Sotheby’s. “Our efforts culminated in a remarkable auction at the Awakening Theater, showcasing exceptional offerings, including Sir Lewis Hamilton’s first race-winning Mercedes F1 car. This vehicle, now recognized as the most valuable modern Formula One car ever sold, realized an astounding $18,815,000 and was truly the centerpiece of the sale. Achieving over $59.7 million in sales, our auction not only set records but also perfectly complemented the electrifying atmosphere that was the Las Vegas Grand Prix. As we move forward, RM Sotheby’s is committed to continuing our legacy of innovation and excellence in the auction space.” 

The big news of the event was the 2013 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W04 — the first Mercedes-AMG Petronas team car driven to victory by Formula One champion Sir Lewis Hamilton and the only car to be sold outside of the Mercedes organization. After a bidding war, this car sold for $18,815,000, setting a new record for the most valuable Formula One car of the modern era. 

2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster Neil Fraser ©2023 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Other notable sales included a 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster which brought $10,235,000. This car, chassis 000034, was the third of only six examples built and showed extremely low mileage. 

The top ten lots from Las Vegas:

2013 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W04 — $18,815,000

2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster — $10,235,000

2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package — $1,875,000

2022 Ferrari 812 Competizione — $1,765,000

1988 Porsche 959 ‘Komfort’ — $1,765,000

2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 — $1,600,000

2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder — $1,600,000

2005 Porsche Carrera GT — $1,545,000

2021 McLaren Elva — $1,517,500

Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2023 Game Worn & Signed Jersey Final Career Game — $1,391,000

See the complete results here.