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Lost Bugatti Goes to Auction

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This T13 Bugatti fetched more than triple the auctioneer's estimate and more than doubled the highest price ever paid for the model.

This T13 Bugatti fetched more than triple the auctioneer’s estimate and more than doubled the highest price ever paid for the model. (Credit:Artcurial)

Elite Paris-based auctioneer Artcurial staged the “barnfind” auction of the century earlier this year (results here) and has now pulled off another coup with the sale of a 1925 Bugatti Type 13 “Brescia”, which had been hidden away in the garage of an abbey in Oigny, France since 1966.

Several other world auction records for individual models were achieved including a 1970 Porsche 911 S/T 2.3L Rally coupé, which sold for €905,900 (US$1,030,947), a 1966 Alpine A210 Le Mans Berlinetta, which sold for €476,800 (US$542,616), a 1976 Maserati Khamsin, which sold for €274,200 (US$312,050), a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTB, which sold for €202,600 (US$230,565) and a 1972 Fiat Dino 2400 Spider, which sold for €188,300 (US$214,290). But it was the 1925 Bugatti Type 13 below which caused the most surprise when it sold for €834,400 (US$949,580).

Bugatti has long been at the forefront of collectible cars, with its latter day Type 41 Royale – which was built, as the name suggests, exclusively for royalty – the world’s most valuable car for many years.

The 1931 Bugatti T41 Royale Kellner Coupe (pictured above) sold for £5,500,000 (US$9,666,250) in November, 1987 at a Christies auction in London. It was for many years the most expensive car ever sold at auction and still retains a place in the top 20 nearly three decades later.Bugatti’s outrageous success at almost everything he touched, and the excellence of the company’s engineering are the reasons Volkswagen paid a fortune for the rights to the Bugatti name, and then invested another fortune building a car as technologically excellent as the Veyron to match the marque’s spectacular brand values.

Bugatti Type 13 Sales History

The rare Type 13 sold in Paris earlier this week was estimated to sell for between €150,000 and €250,000, but as sometimes happens when several wealthy individuals want the same car, a memorable bidding battle ensued and the bids quickly rose to double, then triple the upper estimate, finally stopping at €834,400 (USD$949,580), easily setting a world record for the model.

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