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Silverstone Auctions tops $2 million at international debut in Denmark

Silverstone Auctions made its international debut in Denmark last weekend, with a result of more than €2 million at the Classic Race Aarhus event.
Topping the auction was a magnificent recreation of the Mercedes Benz 300SLR, one of just five examples hand-built in 2010 by Jim Marland, original founder of Proteus Sports & Racing Cars.

Built to match the exact specifications of the iconic race car, of which just six original examples have survived to this day, the recreation soared to a final price of €326,250 (Another leading lot was a 1964 Mercedes 600 once owned by the Danish travel tycoon Simon Spies.

As one of Denmark’s most famous figures, the eccentric businessman was regularly embroiled in sex and drug scandals which he simply saw a good publicity. His passion for cars also saw his acquire a large collection, including this imposing Mercedes which sold above estimate for €140,630.

Simon Spies in his 1964 Mercedes 600 (Image: Silverstone Auctions)

A trio of Porsches were also amongst the sale’s biggest sellers. Leading the pack was a 1991 Porsche 964 Turbo which sold for €116,000, followed by a 2004 Porsche 911 (996) Turbo Cabriolet which fetched €87,190 and a 2000 Porsche 911 (996) GT3 Gen 1 which realized $62,250.

Further notable lots included a time-warp 1974 Volkswagen Beetle with just 90 km from new, which sold after spending 40 years in a barn for €38,250; a 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500GE originally owned by ex-King Constantine of Greece, which sold for €25,310; a rare manual 2002 Lamborghini Murcielago LP620 which sold for €118,130; a 2003 Ferrari 456M which fetched €90,000; and a 1991 BMW 850i which sold for €87,750.

"We’ve had a fabulous weekend here at the Classic Race Aarhus and it’s been a privilege to showcase Silverstone Auctions to a brand new audience," said managing director Nick Whale. "I want to offer my personal congratulations to all those who were successful in purchasing the cars of their dreams and hope they will be very happy with them."

The next Silverstone Auctions sale takes place at the Silverstone race track on July 28-31.

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