Opening Bids February 2015

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Tops Down, Paddles Up

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is sometimes described as a party rather than a competition, and founder and chairman Bill Warner is fine with that. “It’s part entertainment, part celebration, and we just want it to be fun,” he says. To wit, for this year’s 20th-anniversary event, March 12 through 15 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fla., a Cars of the Cowboys category features vehicles owned by stars of movie and television Westerns. Also, the event’s first honoree, Sir Stirling Moss, will make a return appearance.

              Michael Rietveld

The sales, however, present entertainment in their own right. RM Auctions is offering a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis drophead coupe ($2.5 million to $3.25 million), which won Amelia’s Best of Show award in 2012. “One of the few convertibles that look as good with the top up as with the top down,” says Warner. Gooding & Co.’s lineup includes a 1951 Lotus Mark IIIB ($250,000 to $450,000) in its first appearance at auction, and Bonhams is offering a 1912 Peerless Model 60 runabout ($250,000 to $350,000), formerly in the collection of Canada’s Craven Foundation.

RM Auctions, March 14, ameliaconcours.org, rmauctions.com; Gooding & Co., March 13, goodingco.com; Bonhams, March 12, bonhams.com