(London) A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut, of which there are only two examples, was sold in early May for 135 million euros (C$183 million), an all-time world record for a car sold auction, RM Sotheby’s announced Thursday.
The 1955 Mercedes Coupé 300 SLR Uhlenhaut was sold on May 5 at a confidential auction held at the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart, Germany, in cooperation between Sotheby’s subsidiary for luxury cars and the manufacturer German automobile.
At a price of 135 million euros, this Mercedes was sold almost triple the previous record held since 2018 by a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold in 2018 by RM Sotheby’s for more than 48 million US dollars.
In addition, the Mercedes “300 SLR is now placed in the top 10 of the most expensive objects ever sold at auction”, boasted RM Sotheby’s in a press release published Thursday in London and echoed in New York by the parent company Sotheby’s which is holding its spring auction for works of art this week.
In fact, according to a classification established by AFP of works of art sold at auction in recent years, mainly in New York, the absolute record is held by the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci, auctioned in November 2017 for 450.3 million US dollars by Christie’s in New York.
Then comes the Shot Sage Blue Marilyn by Andy Warhol left on May 9 for 195 million dollars at Christie’s, becoming the work of art of the XXand most expensive century ever sold at public auction.
For works of the XXand century, Women of Algiers (version 0) by Pablo Picasso ($179.4 million in May 2015) and the Reclining nude by Amedeo Modigliani (170.4 million in November 2015), were both sold at Christie’s.
According to this ranking of works of art sold at auction of more than 100 million US dollars, the Mercedes sold on May 5 by RM Sotheby’s and qualified as “the most beautiful car in the world” thus ranks 6and or 7and squares.
The car, which was owned, like the second example, by Mercedes-Benz, was sold to a private collector and the proceeds from the sale “will be used to set up an international ‘Mercedes-Benz fund’ for scholarships and training for youth in environmental science and decarbonization,” according to RM Sotheby’s.