For the second time in two years, Sotheby’s Auction house will be heading for New York City to host the watershed Art of the Automobile exhibition and auction. Baroque Access has all the details about this auspicious event
In 2013, the Sotheby’s Art of the Automobile rocked New York City. And now they are coming back a second time, on 10 December to host another auction following an exciting exhibition starting on 5 December, entitled Driven by Disruption, which will be held in the 10th floor galleries of RM Sotheby’s global headquarters in Manhattan.
This second auction will display a number of historic items to give an insight into the automobile industry as a whole and its creativity. Automobiles of every description will be showcased from antique vehicles to exclusive, unusual designs as well as examples of magnificent engineering. All these pioneering vehicles will be hand-picked especially for their rare characteristics, the important role they played in historic design or engineering, and the achievement they represent in the history of automobiles.
The first auction achieved an unbelievable $63 million in sales in just two hours of bidding, and this second one is expected to be even bigger and better. There are just 30 iconic automobiles in the collection as well as a selection of artworks, including sculptures and paintings that relate to automobiles. Whether you’re interested in taking a look from a historic perspective, or because you’re crazy about automobiles, this exhibition is a must-see.
This second exhibition is highlighting ‘cutting edge automotive design’ and is the first major collector car auction to be held in New York City in more than a decade. There will be a number of rare vehicles on display, including a 2006 Lamborghini Concept S, Chassis 001, created by Lamborghini’s head of design at the time, Luc Donckerwolke. It was introduced as an interpretation of an open-top Lamborghini Gallardo in Geneva in 2005. The fully operable version of this magnificent car was introduced the following year. Unfortunately, the high cost and the amount of time involved in producing such a vehicle made it impossible to produce any more, so the one on sale this December is a one-off. With just 180km on the clock, it is estimated to be valued between $2,400,000 and $3,000,000.