Prestige automotive seller Auxietre & Schmidt has a new gem in its books — a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder. This one-of-97 factory-built model was given a period-correct and highly-detailed restoration between 1988 and 1992 with no expense spared, and in its 65-year-life, the car has changed hands between a number of notable clients and collectors.
It was first purchased by Jim Cook who raced the car alongside C. Pitt Browne until 1965, in which there are dozens of documents noting its racing pedigree. The 550 is a heritage race car after all, one which was undermined by competitors because of its small body and unassuming looks. However, it was nicknamed the “Giant Killer” as it continued to dominate races in the ’50s.
Following this, the model seen here was owned by Frank C. Cook of Las Vegas who later on sold it to European Auto Sales Los Angeles. In the
It’s the watch world equivalent of one of those mega co-headline tours where two music giants come together, create An Event and annihilate the competition. Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Guns N’Roses and Metallica. Um, Elton John and, er, Billy Joel.
Phillips auction house has announced that on 12 December it will sell two unique, culturally significant watches: a Rolex Ref. 6263 Daytona “Big Red” owned and worn by Paul Newman and a Heuer Monaco worn by Steve McQueen in Le Mans (1971). The event will take place at the auctioneer’s Park Avenue, New York address, under the name “Racing Pulse”.
The Rolex Daytona was given to Paul Newman in 1983 by his wife Joanne Woodward as a 25th-anniversary present. It is engraved on the case back ‘Drive slowly – Joanne’. Estimated in excess of $1 million, it is the wristwatch Paul Newman was most often photographed wearing for over
In terms of collectables, the T206 Honus Wagner is the Holy Grail of trading cards, after fewer than 200 were produced more than a century ago, and only a fraction of that number remain.
The rarity and mystique that gives surviving Wagner cards their value stems from the demand Wagner made that his card’s production be halted because he didn’t like that it was included in packs of cigarettes sold to kids, or so the story goes.
On Wednesday, a New Jersey auction house specializing in sports and music memorabilia announced a new record for the highest price ever paid for a T206 Wagner — $3.25 million — in a sale the company had brokered between a buyer and a seller from the Midwest.
“It’s the most spent for a Honus Wagner card,” Dylan Kosinski, president of the Franklin Lakes-based auction house, Gotta Have Rock and Roll, told NJ Advance