Benetton driven by Schumacher at Spanish GP among star lots at RM Sotheby’s auction

992 Benetton team car  driven by Michael Schumacher at the Spanish Grand Prix. Photo: RM Sotheby's
992 Benetton team car driven by Michael Schumacher at the Spanish Grand Prix. Photo: RM Sotheby’s

In the run-up to the Grand Prix, RM Sotheby’s has announced a large selection of motorsport-themed consignments ahead of its forthcoming Monaco auction on 12 May.

At the biennial sale, hosted at Grimaldi Forum, M, a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione “Tour de France” is expected to draw worldwide interest, leading a handpicked selection of 87 spectacular motor cars, 13 lots of fascinating collectibles, and a single sporting Riva motorboat on offer.

The race-ready theme continues with 1992 Benetton and 1999 Jordan F1 cars consigned, along with a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS and 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT formerly owned by ex-F1 drivers Gilles Villeneuve and René Arnoux respectively.

A rare, fully-matching 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione “Tour de France”, expected to make between €7 million to 9 million, heads up offerings from the Italian brand, while a race-driven 1992 Benetton team car – driven by Michael Schumacher at the Spanish Grand Prix – will also be among the headline lots.

Another gem is a rare early series, single-exhaust car that has covered only 36,600 kilometres since new, and once owned by former Ferrari team driver Gilles Villeneuve. The ex-Scuderia race driver owned the car from 1978 until his tragic death in 1982. Extensively documented, with many documents in Villeneuve’s name, the car retains its original engine (Estimate: €300,000 – €400,000, offered without reserve).

Auction admission is limited to registered bidders, consignors and approved media and guests only. Bidder registration is €150 and includes an official auction catalogue and admission for two to the preview and auction. Admission to preview hours is open to the public free of charge.
View complete event details and all lots set for RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale at www.rmsothebys.com.


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