RM makes $3 million for three Porsches at New York sale

The three Porsches at the ‘Driven by Disruption’ auction in New York sold for a collective $3 million (£1.98 million) as RM Sotheby’s enjoyed a strong night wielding the gavel.

Unexpectedly leading the way was the ex-Janis Joplin Porsche 356C 1600 SC Cabriolet. The car, driven extensively by the singer between 1968 and her death in 1970, came with a guide price of $400,000-$600,000.

With its eye-catching paint job (originally commissioned by Joplin in 1968), the open-top 356 was one of the poster cars for the sale however, no one could have predicted it selling for nearly three times its upper estimate.

Photo Credit: Patrick Ernzen ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Photo Credit: Patrick Ernzen ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

On a night of heavy bidding across the board, Max Girardo’s hammer eventually fell at $1.76 million (£1.16 million), setting a new world record for a C-series Porsche 356.

Elsewhere, 2.7 RSs have struggled to sell at various auctions this year as many sales houses ask too much money for examples that aren’t up to scratch. That wasn’t the case with lot 218 of RM’s New York sale however.

Restored by Kevin Jeanette (of Gunnar Racing fame), this matching numbers Touring specification car just managed to creep into its estimate bracket, realising $918,500 (£610,000), a not inconsiderable sum for such a car.

Photo Credit: Marcel Lech ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
Photo Credit: Marcel Lech ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Finally, the 1975 Porsche 930, finished in Copper Brown Metallic and originally delivered to Japan, may have just missed out on making its lower guide price but, sold without a reserve, it still found a new home for $330,000 (£220,000).

Alongside this trio of Porsches, RM Sotheby’s ‘Driven by Disruption’ sale saw the Canada-based auction house turn over a staggering $73.5 million (£48.6 million), proving the prestige automotive auction industry is in rude health still despite a sometimes difficult 2015.

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