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‘Celebrity’ Ferrari and Porsche on auction

Published On Mar 28, 2011 06:06 PM By Vikas for Ferrari 612

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Last year in October a vintage Aston Martin  DB5 was auctioned for $4.6million which was 10 times the price of a normal DB5. The car was a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond films “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball”. This year once again two more ‘celebrity’ cars are going under the hammer. While one of the cars is a 1970 Porsche 911S, the other is a Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer. Here are the details:

1978 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer – the Ferrari in question is British F1 driver and World Champion Jenson Button’s 1978 512 Berlinetta Boxer that goes under the hammer on  April 11. The car is expected to fetch about £100,000. It reads 49,155 miles on the milometer and has had mod jobs done for £94,000 over its 33 year life span. Button bought this car last year.  

1970 Porsche 911S – The next car in news is popular American actor Steve McQueen’s Porsche. The car is all set to go under the hammer on August 19 at RM Auctions but there are no official price estimates available yet. Porsche 911S cars of the same vintage can fetch about $21,000 to $34,000, but in case of cars with ‘celebrity’ owners the prices can go really high as they have a cult following.

McQueen’s things like motorcycles, clothing, accessories, old credit cards et al have in the past been auctioned for huge sums of money and the car too is expected to continue the trend.

The 1970 Porsche 911S being auctioned was seen in Steve McQueen’s racing film Le Mans and was personally used by McQueen for quite sometime.

What makes the auction special is that it is happening on the same weekend and around the same place the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance car show and the Monterey Historics vintage-car races. These events are particularly special in the calendars of car lovers across the world and are followed closely by the community.

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