4860 – Auction Milano Autoclassica


4860 is the number of the registration given me by RM-Sotheby’s for the largest auction of cars, in according of the opinion of many, in the automotive history, and not only; inside the halls of the Fiera di Milano Rho for the winter edition of Milano Autoclassica.

It was definitely a particular emotion participate in the auction, both as a spectator, but also from almost “buyer” of some object of Automobilia although I didn’t win anything.

From the edition of March 2016, the curiosity to come back, was motivated both by the usual “heritage” automotive of classic brands, such as Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati, but also other brands and supercars like Tesla, BMW, Lamborghini, McLaren and Infiniti.

Badge Sotheyb's

The previously mentioned Italian brands (Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati) are the excellent representation of the “Made in Italy” so much so that recently the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made an agreement with FCA so these brands represent the Made in Italy around the world, in the various Italian diplomatic missions.

Alfa Romeo GIulia Sprint GT Veloce

Over this motivation, there was also curiosity, for this winter edition, for the unusual auction of more than 430 cars, 150 motorcycles, 60 boats and more than 180 bicycles and Automobilia arising from the bankruptcy of Mr. Compiano, owner of the NES North-East Service (and Italian firm).

Alfa Romeo Giulia

An entrepreneur, what could be called a serial collector, given the huge amount of cars, but with a “guideline”, because of the hundreds of cars, most of them are Gran Turismo cars, sports and racing cars, for which we could call it a sporty and contemporary collection (since except for a few, the cars are all post-war period).

All this automotive heritage is a part of the company’s assets NES North-East Service, went at auction following the bankruptcy requested, a few months ago formulated, by the Court of Treviso.

Almost all the cars at auction, except those with higher value-based auction of 250,000 €, have not been in motion remittances, because they were kept at least 3 years (some 10) in warehouses and never used in this period of time.

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So, it is conceivable that in addition to award costs, rights to auction and VAT will be definitely also the restoration costs to the normal functionality of the car, and also it was not until the release of the Court Decree, because formally the cars sold are still “seized” and in some cases in the absence of the booklet (for which the auction house will require a duplicate).

The sales of the top ten cars at auction sees:

  1. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB / 6C Alloy (CHASSIS NO. 08311) € 3,416,000.00
  2. 2004 Maserati MC12 (CHASSIS NO. ZAMDF44B000012100) € 3,024,000.00
  3. 1992 Ferrari F40 (CHASSIS NO. ZFFGJ34B000091464) € 1,030,400.00
  4. 1988 Porsche 959 ‘Komfort’ (CHASSIS NO. WP0ZZZ95ZJS900133) € 1,008,000.00
  5. 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB / 4 Daytona Berlinetta ‘Plexi’ (CHASSIS NO. 12905) € 873,600.00
  6. 1991 Ferrari-Lancia LC2 Group C (CHASSIS NO. 0009) € 851,200.00
  7. 2005 Porsche Carrera GT (CHASSIS NO. WP0ZZZ98Z5L000216) € 761,600.00
  8. 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC (CHASSIS NO. 11981) € 739,200.00
  9. 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT (CHASSIS NO. ZA9AB01E0RCD39068) € 616,000.00
  10. 1996 Porsche 993 GT2 (CHASSIS NO. WP0ZZZ99ZTS393082) € 616,000.00


This auction sui generis, walking through the stands of Milano Autoclassica, brings to mind another rod, surely important parts, but with fewer cars, which was caused by the bankruptcy of Bertone bodywork, in which were put to auction the cars of Bertone museum.

Bertone’s collection was acquired by ASI, and in the stand of Milano of the Associazione Automotoclub Storico Italiano you could admire the beautiful Lamborghini Miura owned by Nuccio Bertone with its extraserie characteristic color.

Lamborghini Miura

This show, certainly has proved a great success, both for the public who took part (over 60 thousand people and more than 70 million € turnover, gave Milan Autoclassica) and for the wide variety of new cars and “heritage“demonstrating that the history of automotive is increasingly important, because it allows you to look forward to.

The more you are able to look into the past, the more you push yourself in the future. Winston Churchill

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