Tradition is always at the center of important competitions such as the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Automobile elegance forms the platform for the common passion that attracts connoisseurs and owners of these treasures from all over the world to this paradisiacal landscape in Northern Italy in May.

Every year, special exhibitions complement the exquisite field of participants which define exciting accents through specially themed topics.

Conversely, another attraction only returns once every 2 years, and the wheel of time has turned once again in Y 2019.

RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, is issuing an invitation to come to its 5th Villa Erba Sale Saturday, 25 May. The exceptional classic cars being auctioned there are not the only attraction for guests, the ambiance is also unique.

There will be lots of magic moments at this weekend on the shores of Lake Como, moments that will be full of excitement and suffused with enjoyment.

It is now 10 years since Maison Vranken-Pommery has been indulging guests with exquisite Champagne. Once again in Y 2019, you are privileged to look forward to a selection of carefully chosen and impressive compositions proffered by the French Champagne house.

We wish you an enjoyable read, and if you are so inclined, we hope you will be able to bid successfully.

The Villa Erba Sale arranged by RM Sotheby’s offers an opportunity to take part in an exciting auction under open skies in a magical setting every years. The auction house is attracting interested participants to Italy with a world-class selection of automobile classics.

Taste and exclusivity are two factors that are Top priorities for the automobile experts at RM Sotheby’s when it comes to curating the Villa Erba Sale.

The biggest names from the world of classics, starting with the era of prewar cars, continuing through the glamour of the Art Deco period, and right through to the monumental icons of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The program for the auction offers some outstanding gems in each epoch.

The offering also includes two categories that are an ideal foil for the classic field.

A number of modern Supercars will attract collectors whose aim in life is to fill their garages with vehicles that are already of unsurpassed rarity today and highly collectible, although they are a long way from having achieved the age of a classic. But they will mature. These modern classics hold out the promise of enjoyment and look to a future perhaps two or three decades from now in which the owners may be able to roll over these lawns as participants in the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

The 2nd genre of motorized treasures is not about automobiles, but relates to an impressive selection of motor boats.

Where else could purchasing 1 of these timelessly elegant, hugely powerful craft be more tempting than here, on the banks of Lake Como?

The scope of this important auction enjoying a worldwide reputation cannot yet be quantified in terms of figures. However, the expectations are high. In Y 2017, at the last auction 2 years ago, RM Sotheby’s recorded impressive and widely reported total sales amounting to eUR 25,355,850. Furthermore, the prices achieved for a number of models broke through their prior maximum auction price and therefore set new records.

This year lots such as a Fiat 8V Coupé from 1955, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster from 1963 and the historically interesting Bugatti Type 50 Roadster from 1931 will attract some very special attention.

Another exciting addition comes in the form of a Ferrari F12tdf from the year 2016, and an Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake from as recently as this year will be offered without any reserve.

Saturday evening is the most important date in the calendar. At 18.00 on 25th May, the auction will commence with the first lot in the park of Villa Erba. The auction will come to an end between 21.00 and 22.00 hrs

All bidders are invited to register free of charge at the venue. Anybody who is interested in participating and would like to avoid waiting times, can contact Caterina De Bartolo from RM Sotheby’s European Team in advance: phone +44.20.7851 7070, e-Mail [email protected].

Guests of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will receive their bid pack when they arrive.

On 24 May, a Public Preview will be held between 10.00 and 17.00hrs followed by a VIP Cocktail Reception for invited guests at 18.00 hrs.

On Saturday, 25 May, the vehicle lots can be viewed from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs. A catalogue that can be purchased at the venue serves as an entry ticket. The catalogue also affords entry to the Pre-auction Cocktail Reception being held between 16.00 and the start of the auction at 18.00 hrs.

FRIDAY, 24 MAY 2019

10.00 – 17.00 Public Preview
18.00 – 21.00 VIP Cocktail Reception


10.00 – 16.00 Preview by Catalogue
16.00 – 18.00 Pre-auction Cocktail Reception (admission by catalogue only)
18.00 – 21.00 Auction (approximately 3-4 hours)


Villa Erba
Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
22012 Cernobbio

Bidders and anyone interested in the auction who cannot be present in person are able to place bids by telephone.

An RM representative will call you at the phone numbers you have provided approximately 3 to 5 lots before the lot you are interested in comes up for sale.

They will then act as your liaison to the live bidding environment and place bids on your behalf in accordance with your instructions.

Alternatively, you may prefer to leave a maximum bid with us in advance of the sale, aka Absentee Bid.

An RM Sotheby’s representative will then represent this bid in the live auction room, bidding up to your maximum until you have either purchased the lot or another bidder has placed a higher bid.

Unlike the situation in other online auctions, you can bid in real time during the live auction.

The online bidding process will launch when the auction is scheduled to begin. Clients looking to bid over the Internet are urged to register in advance, as they will be required to create an account (username and password) prior to choosing the auction for which they wish to register. Please visit and click on “Internet” to create your account and register for the sale.

Have a terrific weekend

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