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Artcurial to sell compact collection that includes two limousines owned by Maria Callas

Two Mercedes-Benz 600 limousines, first owned by opera star Maria Callas, are the highlight lots of a small private collection being sold by Artcurial in Monaco on 20 July. All the cars on offer are from the estate of a friend of Maria Callas, and are being sold at no reserve.

The owner of the collection became friends with Callas when he bought the earlier of the two Mercedes cars, a 1966 model, from the Mercedes dealership in Longchamp in 1971. The car had been part-exchanged by Callas for a new 600.

Due to customs complications, the buyer was put in touch with Callas, who gave him written permission to drive the 1966 car while the customs problems were sorted out. The pair became friends, and after her death in 1977, the collector was contacted to say that Callas had requested that ownership of the second 600, a 1971 model, be transferred to him.

Also on offer is a two-owner Series 4 Aston Martin Lagonda. The 1989 car was purchased by the vendor in 1997 and to-date has covered only 17,388kms. It’s expected to sell for up to £40,000.

Another limousine on offer is a 1988 Cadillac Brougham six-door car. It was previously owned by privateer racer Eric Graham, who competed in the Le Mans 240hours with Herve Poulain. In need of recommissioning, the Cadillac is estimated at around £5,000.

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