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Bonhams announces new ‘black-tie’ auction at Chantilly concours

Bonhams will conduct a black tie evening auction at the Chantilly Arts and Elegance Richard Mille event on 5 September. 

Hosted in the grounds of the Chateau de Chantilly, the Arts and Elegance event was first held in 2014. More than 10,000 people visited last year to see vehicles competing in two classes: the concours d’elegance for modern concept cars, and the concours d’etat for classic cars. 

The first best of show in the concours d’etat was won by an outlandishly styled 1937 Delahaye 135 M cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi owned by American museum founder Peter Mullin.

The event also hosts fine art exhibitions, fashion shows, live music and a range of equestrian activities. 

Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motorcars, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce this brand new and exclusive motoring sale, taking place on the luxurious grounds of the Chateau de Chantilly. The event perfectly complements the motoring auction calendar, and will offer an additional sale for our European clientele.

‘The concept is to offer a bespoke salon style auction, offering a limited number of very fine examples of collectors' motor cars, perhaps 30 or so carefully selected lots for the black tie evening auction.’ 

The Chantilly event is a new stye of concours introduced by restoration company and motorsports organiser Peter Auto.

Patrick Peter, Head of Peter Auto, said: ‘Bonhams is famous the world over for its auctions, in particular those featuring collectors’ cars. The introduction of this sale confirms the momentum generated by the event only a year after it was held for the first time.’

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By Claire Evans

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