RM Auctions, the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles, will lift the hammer on several lots that hold a particular place in the history of Monaco when its highly anticipated sale returns to the Principality on 10th May, during the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend.
The stunning Riva Tritone, called Via, was famously delivered new to H.S.H. Price Rainier III in 1958 for use by the Royal Family. Via was one of only 26 boats built by the world-renowned Riva company that year, and was a regular sight on the Monaco coast line, being occupied by the prince and his wife, Princess Grace. Powered by its original pair of Chris-Craft MCL inline six-cylinder engines, each capable of producing 175 horsepower, Via boasts exceptional performance, and with only three owners from new, represents a unique opportunity for collectors. The recipient of a recent ground-up restoration, it is presented for sale in perfect, ready-to-go condition.
“As well as being a boat of exceptional beauty, quality, and performance, this wonderful Riva in undoubtedly a unique piece of Monaco’s cultural history”, says Augustin Sabatié-Garat, Auction Manager and Specialist, RM Auctions, Europe.
The group of items with local Monaco significance is rounded out by a race suit that was worn by Formula One legend Ayrton Senna when he claimed victory at the 1991 Monaco Grand Prix. In 1991, the late, great Senna was at the peak of his powers, creating a legacy that is regarded by many as the greatest in the history of sport. Senna’s 1991 Monaco win, driving for McLaren, represented his fourth that season. The race suit comes to auction accompanied by documentation supplied by Ron Dennis, the team principal of McLaren when Senna was driving for them and who once had the suit in his own personal collection. It is preserved in wonderful condition and is being offered without reserve at next month’s auction, where it is expected to fetch between €30.000 and €40.000.
“When a race suit can claim to have been worn by one of the greatest drivers of all time on his way to winning the most important race on the grand prix calendar, it is safe to say that the market is being presented with an incredibly special and valuable piece of motorsport memorabilia”, adds Sabatié-Garat. “Set to be the centrepiece of any F1 memorabilia collection, its sale is made all the more special by the fact that it is offered in Monaco, the very place it was worn by Senna on the podium 23 years earlier”.
A highlight on the global collector car calendar, RM’s biennial, multi-million euro Monaco sale returns to the Principality on the 10th of May. In total, the exclusive sale will present a magnificent roster of more than 80 blue-chip automobiles, joined by a stunning pair of Riva boats, two motorcycles, and four lots of coveted automotive memorabilia. As many as seven automobiles are expected to fetch prices exceeding €1.000.000, of which three vehicles carry pre-sale estimates of more than €4.000.000.
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