Just a few weeks ago,
the Danish tycoon Henrik Frederiksen held a very exclusive garage sale that featured models of an age long gone and a class of their own. A total of immaculately restored 48 vintage cars – some of them prewar -were auctioned by Bonhams.
The event took place in the businessman’s historical 16-century estate located in Denmark and attracted the crème of the European aristocracy and corporate world. Vintage car enthusiasts flocked to see the rare and spectacular models Frederiksen had taken more than 30 years to accumulate. What began as a hobby at the age of 18 soon turned into one of the most complete and outstanding collections of Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, Duesenberg, Hispano-Suiza, Maybach and Rolls-Royce models – some dating from a century ago.
A regular at classic-car events at Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este, Henrik decided to part with some of his beloved collection. Some of the rare models carry with them political and cultural significance as well, such as the 1933 Maybach DS8 Zeppelin, which was gifted by the German government to the Maharajah of Patiala. This particular vehicle has an asking price of $3.6 million as it features intricate and one-of-a-kind coachwork. The 1931 Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” – a made-to-order treat for Cornelius Vanderbilt’s grandson cost its new owner $3.2 million.
Several Maybach models relay Frederiksen’s love for the brand, among which a $1.5m-prewar vehicle discovered in a Moscow lock-up. Another spectacular offering is the wooden-bodied Mercedes-Benz Phaeton auctioned for $2 million. The car is in excellent condition and features the original canvas seat covers, 90-horsepower aircraft engine and Louis Vuitton luggage.
Five Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost models were auctioned for $640,000-$1,400,000; a 1905 US-built Woods electric car ($80,000-$100,000) and a 1939 Lagonda LG6 Rapide Drophead for $640,000 have earned Frederiksen’s collection the well-deserved title of “the finest in Denmark and Europe”.
See more here: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23234/