A 48-car Scandnavian collection of classics will this year be auctioned
Bonhams has announced the sale of the single-owner 48-car Fredriksen collection, which is often regarded as one of Europe’s finest collections.
The collection, currently in the hands of Danish businessman Henrik Frederiksen, will go up for auction at Frederiksen’s home in Mols Bjerge national park, Denmark, on 26 September.
The consignment features 13 Rolls-Royces, three Mercedes-Benz, three Cadillacs and two Bentleys, with offerings also from the likes of Lagonda, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Horch, and many more.
Fredriksen has outlined his ex-J.D Rokefeller and a beloved Cadillac as those he will miss most, from a collection of what he describes as art. 'I think cars are a kind of art. I think they’re beautiful. I’ve always bought with the heart and not with the brain, I go with what I like, so no ‘one’ is my favourite.
'I’ve been in the motoring world for a long time now, but it’s time for that door to close and a new one to open. I like the way Bonhams do things, so it was easy to make that choice.'
Co-chairman of Bonhams, Malcolm Barber, hailed the collection as ‘truly remarkable’.
'Rarely does one see a single-owner collection that showcases such a broad variety of important brands, and yet still keeps to such a clear, historic theme where manufacturers pursue motoring perfection. It’s truly remarkable.'
Other highlights of the auction include a 1905 Woods Electric Queen Victoria Brougham, a 1974 Citroen DS 23 Pallas, and former Pebble Beach Concours winner, the 1939 Lagonda LG6 Rapide Drophead.