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Mercedes 540K sells for record $9.9 million

RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction sees Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster sell for $9.9m, an Arizona record.


RM Sotheby’s broke the all-time Arizona week sales record on Friday, with a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster offered by the auction house selling for $9.9m. This helped RM reach a sale total of $62.8m, with 85 per cent of all lots sold.

The 540K Special Roadster surpassed the previous record of $9.625m, set by a Ferrari 250LM at last year’s RM Arizona sale. A total of 17 lots reached the $1m-plus zone this year.

As Mercedes 540K models go, this was a particularly special example. Originally sold in the US, chassis 130894 is a desirable high-door long-tail body, which also has a flawless history coming from its last owner of 29 years.

Other records over the two-day sale includes the 1962 Maserati 5000 GT Coupe, commanding a strong $1,540,000 on Thursday, while a 1952 Cunningham C3 Coupe – the only Vignale-bodied C3 actively raced in period – sold for an above-estimate $1,210,000. Also breaking a record for its model type, a 1939 Jaguar SS 100 2½-Litre Roadster made $1,402,500.

‘We are thrilled with the sales result from this week’s Arizona auction. Though we did not witness significant price increases, we were very encouraged to see the strong sell-through rate, which indicates continued interest in the hobby,’ says Ian Kelleher, Managing Director, RM Sotheby’s West Coast Division

RM Sotheby’s next sale takes in Paris on 3 February. Take a look at the listings here.

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