You never know what treasures may be hiding, destined to be consigned to history until they are discovered. Barn finds don’t happen very often but when they do some absolute beauties are revealed. The Baillon Collection – vehicles owned by the late entrepreneur and transport aficionado Roger Baillon – were auctioned this week with the prize item, the ultra-rare Ferrari 250 California achieving $25 million, making it the fifth most-expensive vehicle ever sold.
The 250 California was one of only 37 ever made and was purchased by an unnamed collector. The Ferrari achieved far in advance of its estimate of between $9.5 million and $12 million when it was sold by prestigious auction house Articurial . The 250 GT California in our opinion is one of the most beautiful cars ever manufactured and was once photographed carrying French movie star Alain Delon and Jane Fonda in the 1964 movie Les Felins.
Baillon had amassed a collection of 100 vehicles that he planned to restore and display as museum pieces. However, when troubling times presented themselves he was unable to achieve his dream and his collection was left in sheds for nature to take its course. The vehicles were unearthed after his son Jacques passed away last year. The barn find was compared to discovering an Egyptian tomb with surprise after surprise emerging as the property was explored. Of the 100 vehicles discovered 59 of those were sent to auction including a 1956 Maserati A6G and a 1949 Talbot-Lago T26 which sold for $2.2 million and $1.9 million respectively.
The 59 vehicles (of which 89% were sold) raised $28.5 million when auctioned by Articurial at the Retromobile car show in Paris this past weekend. The 250 GT California is represented 13 times in the top 100 of the most expensive vehicles ever sold. A cool $28.5 million…not bad for a barn find!
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