July 23, 2024

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Bonhams|Cars’ Barry Taylor Collection — AMG Rediscovered — Totals $1.2m

The Barry Taylor Collection of rare pre-merger AMG cars, parts and spares closed after one week of online bidding with strong results – In total, this event doubled its all-in estimate, adding up to nearly $1.2 million in sales and all 220 lots sold. This was the first auction of a two-part sale, with the remaining collection of approximately 300 lots coming up for sale in July.  

The collection presented an unparalleled opportunity, with Bonhams reporting buyers hailing from Denmark, France, the UK, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Qatar and the U.S. According to Bonhams, the sale also attracted a significant number of new registrants, with 63% of hammer sales coming from first-time buyers.  

“This level of participation highlights the widespread appeal and excitement generated by AMGs,” said Kurt Forry, Bonhams|Cars Specialist of Automobilia in the U.S. “We’re thrilled to have reached a global audience with this collection and look forward to presenting more rarities in the next sale.” 

The “Green Machine” was the knockout of the sale, with the 1976 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC Coupe soaring past its presale estimate by over five times, achieving a final selling price of $345,000. Several pieces of automobilia outperformed their presale estimates, too, such as the group of AMG Maintenance, Specifications, Spare Parts Guide and others which sold for $17,920 against an estimate of $250 – $500.  

Highlights of the sale included:  

1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL AMG 6.0, sold for $63,250, outperforming its estimate of $18,000 – $25,000. 

1984 Mercedes-Benz 190E AMG, sold for $52,900, again exceeding its initial estimate of $32,000 – $38,000. 

Part 2 of AMG Rediscovered will be offered online from July 22-29. Approximately 300 lots of parts and spares from the Estate of Barry Taylor will be offered without reserve. 

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