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Frederiksen collection sells for £13m

Bonhams sale of the Frederiksen collection sees £13m raised, with six of the 48-car assortment sold to the same buyer.

A Scandinavian car collection containing almost 50 classics has been sold in its entirety, at a private Bonhams sale in Denmark.

The Frederiksen collection was auctioned off at the owner’s home in Mols Bjerge national park, Denmark, for a combined sale price of £13,901,782. The biggest sale of the day was Henrik Frederiksen’s 1930 Duesenberg Model J, which sold for £1,754,515.

One of the most hotly contested motor cars was the stunning 1939 Lagonda LG6 Rapide that smashed its pre-sale estimate of £335,000 - £413,000 to achieve £540,000 at auction - a world record for a car of its kind.

The consignment also featured 13 Rolls-Royces, three Mercedes-Benz, three Cadillacs, and two Bentleys. Also crossing the auction block were cars from the likes of Lagona, Dusenberg, Jaguar and Horch.

Kurt Daell, a Danish Businessman, told Danish television following the auction how he’d ‘accidentally’ bought six of the cars on offer at the sale, admitting that his wife might be ‘a bit angry’ at his antics.

Other cars to star at auction were a 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Owen Sedanca Coupe (£509,718), 1927 Bentley 6½-litre ‘bob tail’ (£707,939), 1937 Maybach SW-38 ‘Special Roadster’ (£736,256), and a 1933 Auburn 12-165 Salon Phaeton (£164,241).

Fredriksen has outlined his ex-J.D Rokefeller and a beloved Cadillac as those he will miss most, from a collection which 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.’

Jakob Greisen, head of Bonhams US Motoring Department who handled this sale, said: 'Henrik’s collection is truly incredible, certainly one of the best in Europe. We’re delighted that so many turned out for the day, enjoying the sunshine, enjoying the cars, and witnessing a world record breaking Bonhams auction.'

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