Drew Phillips and I were looking over the RM docket for tonight's auction and realized something: There are going to be more $1m+ vehicles going up on the block tonight than any other night we can remember. Among the highlights include 300 SL coupes, Daytona Spiders, a Ferrari 750 Monza and one magical Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadsterthat's sure to hit upwards of $5,000,000.

We'll be live-blogging it all after the jump, and just as an explainer: all prices listed include a 10 percent commission for the auction house, so if something – say, the 300SL above – hammers at $760,000, the final price would be $836,000. We'll just be listing the gavel price. And with that, let's get to it.
10:31PM And... we're out!

10:31PM Sold at $860k

1935 Bugatti Type 57 "Grand Raid" Roadster (220)

Bidding started at $200k

Hammer price $900,000

1974 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider (221)

Started at $400k

Hit $1m in less than 2 minutes

$1,020,000 and slowing...

And it doesn't sell. Didn't meet reserve.

1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MK II BN7

8:03PM Started at $20,000

8:04PM $97,500

8:05PM $105,000 - new bidder

8:05PM The auctioneer is begging for more bids. He's also British, so...

8:06PM Hammer price $112,500

8:07PM Skipping the Packard (224) and Chrysler Imperial (225)

8:15PM 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta (226)

8:15PM Bids starting at $400k

8:15PM And right up to $650k

8:16PM $675 to $700k in quick succession
8:17PM Gavel price of $825,000

8:23PM 1929 Bentley 4 1/2-liter Open Tourer (227) gavel at $610,000

8:23PM 1966 Aston Martin SB6 Vantage Coupe - LHD (228)

8:23PM Right up to $150,00

8:24PM Then $200

8:25PM Estimate is ranging for between $275 and 335k

8:26PM "Let's just say 5 because it's between friends."

8:26PM $270,000 then...

8:27PM Hammer falls at $270k

8:27PM And... video time. Ferrari retrospective.

8:27PM Here it comes...

8:27PM One of only 55 built

8:27PM 4.0-liter engine

8:28PM The 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider

8:28PM Estimated sale price: $2.5-3.25m

8:28PM Bidding starts at $1,000,000

8:28PM And right up to $2m

8:29PM $2.1m took a lotta time. And a lotta prying.

8:30PM And then right to $2.3m

8:32PM Finished. Done. Gone for $2.3m.

8:32PM Not a great take. But not bad.

8:32PM Two minutes feels like an eternity at an auction.

8:38PM 1938 Lagonda LG6 Rapide Drophead Coupe (230) goes for $495,000. Estimate: $650-900k

8:39PM The RM restoration probably cost more...

8:39PM 1965 Mercer-Cobra Roadster (231) - Estimate: $800k-$1.2m

8:41PM Lots of copper. Full runner. Looks like a water-bound phallus.

8:41PM Started at $300k and about to go for $550,000

8:41PM Whoa. The headlamps tuck into the fenders. Hydraulically acutated. Neato.

8:42PM Going for $600k. Once. Twice...

8:42PM Sold! For $600,000 at the gavel

8:43PM 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster (232). Coachwork by Singlefinger. Different from other roadsters. No running boards. Very French.

8:43PM $1m then $2m out of the gate

8:43PM and then right up to $2.5m

8:44PM $3m. Haven't seen anything escalate this quickly yet.

8:45PM $3.5 to $3.6 then $3.8 all within 5 seconds.

8:46PM Whoa. $4.2m. Crowd erupts.

8:46PM Sold for $4.2 from a new bidder. Nuts.

8:59PM Stepped out for a cocktail. 1932 Packard 904 Individual Custom Dietrich Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton (233) sells for $860k. 1938 Jaguar SS100 3.5-liter Roadster (235) gavels for $625,000.

8:59PM Here we go.

8:59PM 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Coupe. Seven total. 1936 Paris Motor Show car.

9:00PM Estimate: $3,250,000-$4,500,000

9:01PM Starts at $1m. Shoots right up to $2.5m within a minute.

9:01PM $2.75m and going. Bids coming from the phone.

9:02PM $3m. Then... no. $2.8m.

9:03PM Sold for $2.8m and going overseas.

9:05PM 1932 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta (237). A racer's racer for the Carrera Paniamerica. 4.1-liter V12. Shelby driven. McAfee driven.

9:05PM This is the car on the cover of the RM auction book. Bidding starts at $1.5m.

9:05PM No estimates published. Only available on request.

9:05PM And right up to $2m

9:06PM And then $3m


9:07PM Starting to slow at $3.1 then $3.2.

9:07PM Only three in the world.

9:08PM $3.3m. The bidding is sticking in the room. Which is awesome.

9:08PM Matching numbers drivetrain, with the engine number stamped onto the back of the gearknob. Yes, a matching numbers shift knob.

9:09PM "Gordon, would you like to come back in? Why not?"

9:09PM $3,350,000 from the phone.

9:10PM Gordon! I'm selling it to the phone!

9:11PM Sold for $3,350,000 to someone in the room.

9:13PM 1958 BMW 507 Roadster (238). Owned by Ursula Andress. Estimated between $800k and $1.m

9:13PM As a refresher:

9:15PM Started at $500k and up to $775,000 to an overseas bidder.

9:15PM $800k to Stephanie. Who's possibly drunk.

9:16PM $825k to another bidder that already has one. Matching pair anyone?

9:17PM $900k. "Make it a Million sir. Throw her off."

9:17PM $925k

9:18PM $975k. So close to a million. MC is begging Stephanie for 7 figures.

9:18PM "What do you mean wait. It's an auction Stephanie."

9:18PM Stephanie on the phone... and... Gone for $975,000 at the gavel.

9:28PM Video time again. This time for...

9:28PM The 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster (242)

9:29PM Utterly. Stunning.

9:29PM 5.4-liter supercharged engine.

9:29PM This should go for $5m+

9:30PM The first owner's son is in the car for the auction.

9:31PM Opening bid at $4m. And then right up to $5, then $6, then $6.5m. Then $7m. Holy. Hell.

9:32PM $8,000,000 in the room

9:33PM Germany is out at $8.2m

9:34PM $8.4 to $8.5 in 30 secs.

9:35PM $8.6 came quickly. There's wavering. There's hand-wringing. It's going... going...

9:35PM going...

9:35PM $8.7!

9:36PM $8.8 after much prying.

9:37PM This is getting really, really good.

9:37PM "It's not every day you bid $8,900,000 on a car."

9:37PM This will be first time it's left the original owner.

9:38PM The room is completely silent. Waiting for $8.9...

9:39PM SOLD! For $8.8m to a gentleman in the room. World record set for a Mercedes.

9:41PM This '73 Ferrari 265 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe (243) looks... surprisingly pleb.

9:42PM 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlineeta Competizione (244) from the Skip Barber collection. Fully restored in Maranello.

9:42PM Starting at $1.5m

9:42PM And right up to $2m. Estimates are between $3.8-4.5

9:42PM $2.5m from the phones.

9:43PM "I'm sorry. Was I ignoring you. That's bad customer service." And then the guy bids $3m.

9:44PM And right up to $4m from $3.5. Then $4.2

9:45PM $4.4 and back in the room. $4.45 from the phones.

9:45PM And then $4,500,000 from the room.

9:46PM $4.55 on the phones and then back to the room with $4.60. Then back to the phone at $4.65.

9:46PM $4.7 back in the room.

9:48PM Two very desperate people bidding on this. Stephanie on the phones gets it to $4.75. The bidder in the room comes back with $4.8m. Going once... twice... and... gone!

9:56PM 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Roadster (247)

9:57PM Starting bid at $1.5m. Goes from $2 to $3m in less than a minute.

9:58PM $3.3m and begging for $3.4

9:59PM $3.35 after much cajoling.

10:00PM $3.375 and slowing... rapidly?

10:00PM $3.4. Then $3.425. "Is that a joke? Let's blow him out of the water."

10:01PM And sold for $3,425,000.

10:03PM 1953 Ferrari 375 America Coupe (248)

10:04PM Bidding started at... $500k? Bidding went up to $1m quickly and then shot to $1.7m

10:05PM 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A (249)

10:05PM I'm not a massive fan of the pre-war stuff, but this is rolling magic.

10:05PM Opening bid of $1m. No estimate.

10:07PM Right up to $2m. Now $2.5 from the phone. "Dana" is hemming and hawing.

10:07PM $2,500,000 going once.

10:07PM Twice.

10:07PM $2.6! From the room.

10:08PM $2.7m from the phone.

10:08PM Sold for $2.7.

10:14PM This Mercedes auction is the most entertaining of the evening. Just because of the MC.

10:15PM Like pulling $975,000 worth of teeth.

10:15PM 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe (252). Short-wheelbase. Covered headlamps.

10:16PM Opening at $500k

10:16PM And right to $1m

10:17PM "Do I have $1.2m sirs?" Back of the room "FIVE!"

10:17PM $1.5 to $1.6 to $1.7 in 5 seconds.

10:18PM $1.85 to $1.9

10:18PM And sold for $1.9m. Exactly the high end of the pre-auction estimate.

10:26PM 1953 Siata 208/S Spyder (255). Previous Steve McQueen car and our last auction of the night (do you really care about a replica Benz Motorwagen and an SLR?). We don't and we're in need of strong drink.

10:26PM Referred to it as his "little Ferrari."

10:27PM McQueen spotted the man he sold it to in LA and gave him a drive.

10:27PM Starting at $400k

10:28PM And right up to $700k

Said owner ^

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Hailey Martin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those Mercedes' are simply lovely. So are the Bugattis and Ferraris and other classics. And to me this defines the brand prestige of these companies. I don't hate the Japanese luxury brands but it's a bit silly when their names are used in the same sentence with these brands given how they really only emerged in the late 1980s and lack that glorious history and tradition of the European and American luxury brands.
      Damon Lavrinc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only if you *have* money.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice to see REAL cars of significant pedigree being auctioned, not the BS from the circus of Barrett Jackson. These are truly collector cars representing automotive history. I wish that SpeedTV would tell B-J to go away and televise this event
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where is the 1957 Ferrari 250 TR Prototype????
      • 3 Years Ago
      To put it in perspective, a decent middle-class couple might make $100K per person, per year. That's $2m every 10 years. Someone just spent 44 years worth - an entire career - of this couple's savings in one evening, on a car (but a nice one at that!).