In a joint statement, the two venerated auction houses announced a new partnership that will see Sotheby's acquire 25 percent of RM Auctions, with the latter now being officially renamed RM Sotheby's while opening the potential for an increased stake in the future.
It's not the first time we've seen the two come together. They've previously collaborated on a number of events on both sides of the Atlantic, most notably the Art of the Automobile auction held in New York on November 21, 2013, that saw $63 million in sales take place in just two hours – including the landmark sale of the Ferrari 250 LM (pictured above) for $14.3 million.
Under their joint banner, RM Sotheby's is now gearing up for their auction on Amelia Island in Florida less than a month from now, with more auctions on the calendar to take place in the coming months in Texas, Lake Como, Monterey, London and New York.
Classic car enthusiasts should be familiar with the letters RM by now. The Canadian auction house focuses on collectible automobiles, and claims four out of the top ten records for the most valuable cars ever sold at auction. Sotheby's meanwhile is more diversified, with eight salesrooms and 90 offices around the world focusing on all manner of works of art. The formalization of ties between the two only promises to further strengthen their position in a $2 billion market that continues to gro
First RM Sotheby's Sale To Take Place In Amelia Island, Florida, 14 March 2015
NEW YORK (February 18, 2015) - Sotheby's and RM Auctions are pleased to announce the formation of a new strategic partnership as Sotheby's acquires a 25 percent ownership interest in the world's foremost collector car auctioneer, which will now be known as RM Sotheby's.
This long-term investment comes as the more than $2 billion market for the finest automobiles continues to grow, presenting increasing opportunities for both companies. Sotheby's and RM have previously collaborated on a number of successful sales in both the United States and Europe, most notably the November 2013 Art of the Automobile auction in New York, which achieved nearly $63 million in just two hours and saw a new auction record set for a Ferrari 250 LM at $14.3 million.
Today's announcement grows those previous partnerships and unites the two businesses for the full calendar of future automobile auctions. The first RM Sotheby's sale will take place in Amelia Island, Florida, March 14, with additional auctions in Fort Worth, Texas, Lake Como, Italy, Monterey, California, London, England and New York among others scheduled for later this year.
"Sotheby's is thrilled to join the clear market leader in this field," commented Bill Ruprecht, Sotheby's President, Chairman, and CEO. "RM has established a formidable position that will only be strengthened by this new phase in our relationship. Just last year, RM set a new benchmark for a collector car auction with their flagship Monterey sale totaling more than $140 million, eclipsing the previous record they had established in 2013. The incredible synergy between our businesses, including significant overlap of top collectors and a focus on new markets, will be further strengthened as we work together to expand the classic car collector base. RM's ownership of the high end of the market coupled with our global client network positions us for great success at a time when the market for investment-quality motor cars has never been stronger."
Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions added, "The partnership that has been formed between RM Auctions and Sotheby's is undoubtedly the most effective way for us to reach the ever-growing worldwide audience of collectors who take a keen interest in the collector car asset class. No other organization in the world has a client base as far-reaching as Sotheby's and since we have worked so closely and successfully with them in the past, it makes perfect sense that we form a strategic partnership that creates a truly worldwide platform for collector cars. It's an exciting time in our company history, and for the hobby at large."
Initially Sotheby's will have a 25 percent ownership position in RM, governance participation and a comprehensive partnership agreement to work together to drive growth in the business. Over time, Sotheby's will have opportunities to increase the ownership stake as the partnership evolves and grows.
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Sotheby's has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby's became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby's presents auctions in eight different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby's BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids in real-time from anywhere in the world. Sotheby's offers collectors the resources of Sotheby's Financial Services, the world's only full-service art financing company, as well as private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby's Contemporary Art department, as well as Sotheby's Diamonds and Sotheby's Wine. Sotheby's has a global network of 90 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).
About RM Auctions
RM Auctions is the world's largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years' experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, from private treaty sales and auctions to estate planning, and financial services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. RM proudly holds four of the top ten all-time records for the most valuable motor cars sold at auction.