Expectations were high, leading to Saturday's auction of RM Sotheby's in Monterrey, where a "Ferdinand Porsche Type 64" was scheduled to cross the block and receive a huge sum in the process. After a heated debate over how the car, which was actually built 10 years before Porsche AG was formed, should be classified, clarifications were reached with an estimated sale price of $ 20 million for the auction house. However, the car remains for sale, as a collective blunder forced every likelihood of returning home with another collector this weekend.
As the Type 64 climbs onto the stage with applause from the crowd, the initial bid of $ 30 million was reportedly announced by the auction. The number flashed on the screens around the room, and rapid-fire calls shot up to $ 70 million, surprising everyone who expected the rare German machine to come out for less than a third of that price.
Back then, amid a roar of laughter and partial doubt, the trader made it clear to the microphone that the initial offer was actually $ 1
Famous Ferrari collector David Lee captured the camera test and uploaded the video to Instagram early Sunday morning.
The auction was then suspended because no bids in excess of $ 17 million were published, and this extremely important piece in automotive history failed to cover its reserve.
Whether it was a joke or a real mistake, it is not clear, though we would bet on the latter, Despite the uncertainty, the collectors in attendance were struck by this move and severely criticized Sotheby's misstep.
"What a joke," says Johnny Shawny, a Southern California collector who attended the auction, to Bloomberg . "They just lost so much credibility. My dad could have bought this car for $ 5 million before. It's been years and nobody wants it."
RM Sotheby's spokesman then made a statement to Bloomberg, says "As the bidding opened for Type 64, the magnifications were misheard and displayed on the screen, causing unpleasant confusion in the room. The car reached a high bid of $ 17 million. "
Sales prices fell dramatically this year in Monterrey as Hagerty reports a 25 percent drop in gross amounts by Friday compared to 2018. The highest-yielding car – the McLaren F1 LM-Spec – sold for 19.8 million dollars, although initiated It is estimated to cost $ 20 million – $ 23 million.