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Ferrari California Spyder sold for almost £12m at auction

Date: 11/02/2015 09:33:54
Category: Classic Cars
Author: Laura Varley

A Ferrari California Spyder that was left in a barn for 50 years has just sold at auction for £11.8 million.

The Spyder wasn't the only car found in the barn though, as 59 vehicles in total were discovered in garages and outbuildings on a farm in France. They were found hidden under piles of newspapers and dust by the grandchildren of the late owner, reports telegraph.co.uk. The entire collection of cars sold for £20 million.

It's likely that the Spyder managed to fetch such a high price because of its links to the rich and famous. French actors GĂ©rard Blain and Alain Delon both owned the car at one point, and Jane Fonda and Shirley MacLaine were photographed with it, rac.co.uk notes. Moreover, only 37 versions of this exact model were ever made - this one was considered 'lost' as every other model was already documented by historians.

Matthieu Lamoure, one of the original owner's grandsons, described feeling like Lord Carrington and Howard Carter did when they found Tutankhamun's tomb.

"These sorts of finds do not happen often," he noted. "I think you go into this profession for discoveries like this; it really is a treasure trove. No doubt a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. I have to say that when we discovered the extent of the collection we found ourselves overcome with emotion."

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