At RM Sotheby’s biennial Monaco auction event, a one-off 2018 Lamborghini Huracán, gifted and signed by Automobili Lamborghini to His Holiness Pope Francis, sold for an impressive €809,375.

The earnings generated from the sale of this hypercar, which pays tribute to the colours of the flag of the Vatican City, as well as the bonnet featuring the signature of Pope Francis, are being donated by Pope Francis to charitable organisations of the Vatican’s choice.

The event took place during the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, and earned an eye-watering €23,317,290 in combined exclusive sales. Global interest in the auction attracted bidders represented in 36 countries.

High value sales

The Monaco auction pulled in strong individual values across a variety of both classic and modern cars, showcasing the diverse range of cars that RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction had to offer.

 

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB

 

An impeccable 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB sparked high interest, selling on for remarkable €2,142,500, making it the highest-valued sale at the auction. With other notable sales including the €1,720,625 paid for the Transformers-themed 2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, which had mere 840kms on the clock.

The top spots in the high-valued sales were largely dominated by classic cars, with high-value modern cars including the 2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, 2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport and the 2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica, each selling on for €1,720,625, €1,107,500 and €860,000 respectively.

 

2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

“Once again we have enjoyed a strong sale in Monaco. We offered some fine cars and it was a particular privilege to sell the Lamborghini Huracán for such an incredible charitable cause. We saw strong individual prices achieved across the board, and it is clear the market is still robust enough for world-record results to be achieved.”

Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Auction Manager, RM Sotheby’s Europe

Impressive sales in Monaco

The 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight, a car factory-built for Finnish racing and rally driver Leo Kinnunen, is one of only two 2.7 RS coupes constructed with ST wheel arches and is the only 1973 car fitted with a 1974 Carrera 3.0 RS rear spoiler. With its rich history, the car sold for €1,242,500.

 

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight

 

The more contemporary 2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport, one of only three built, was the actual car which appeared on the company’s 2018 Geneva Motor Show stand. Although a Porsche at heart, RUF produced a car that is in fact altogether different in terms of design and engineering. With a top-speed of 236mph, this is considered to be RUF’s wildest creation, and made an amazing €1,107,500.

 

2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport

2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport

 

RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2018 Top Ten Sales 

  1. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB                                                          €2,142,500
  2. 2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse              €1,720,625
  3. 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II                            €1,692,500
  4. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight               €1,242,500
  5. 2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport                                                 €1,107,500
  6. 2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica                                        €860,000
  7. 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé                                               €848,750
  8. 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort                                                €837,500
  9. 1992 Benetton B192 Formula 1                                        €815,000
  10. 1999 Lamborghini Diablo GT                                            €815,000

 

This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.