Setting a new world record for the highest amount paid for a car at an auction, this Ferrari will make you drool.
A red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, which was once involved in a fatal accident, has set the world record for a car sold at auction, going for US$38.1mil (RM119.8mil) at a sale in California, auction house Bonhams said.
The staggering amount, offered on Aug 14 by an unidentified bidder, surpassed the US$30mil paid last year for a 1954 Mercedes Benz W196 race car, also sold by Bonhams, the auctioneers said in a press release. “We’ve always maintained that we would exceed the current world record and that the car would bring between US$30mil and US$40mil and today the GTO did just that,” said Robert Brooks, chairman of Bonhams.
Some reports prior to the auction had said the car might fetch as much as US$70mil, but a Bonhams spokeswoman said these were based purely on speculation. The Ferrari was the jewel in the crown for Bonhams’ annual Quail Lodge event on the Monterey Peninsula in California.