RM Sotheby’s Announces Aurora Collection

Aurora Collection Offered by RM Sotheby's

A one-owner collection out of Sweden is set to be offered by RM Sotheby’s entirely without reserve at the auction company’s Villa Erba sale on May 20, 2023. The Aurora Collection is said to include some of the finest Ferraris in the world.

Coming from notoriously private ownership, the collection has never been displayed or entered in any concours events, so it presents an exciting opportunity for the serious Ferrari enthusiasts.

The collection is lead by a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti, the 62nd of only 165 built and the last SWB in the 1960 body style. Its history is known from when it was originally delivered new to MCM Modern Classic Motors and was certified by Ferrari Classiche in 2008. Retaining its matching numbers chassis and engine, this is a remarkable example of one of the most important GT racers of all time, as shown by the estimate of €7,500,000 – €8,500,000.

A 1956 Ferrari 500 TR Spider by Scaglietti is perhaps the next most notable car in the collection and has significant racing history, taking a class victory and 4th place overall in the 1957 Helsinki Grand Prix. It’s the third of just 17 that were built by Ferrari. It’s been kept out of the public eye for more than a decade, but it was campaigned in historic races in the 1980s, including the 1982 Mille Miglia Storica and 1984 Targa Florio Storica. It’s been part of the collection since 2011 and has a pre-auction estimate of €4,000,000 – €4,500,000.

One of the rare factory-built Daytona Spiders is also part of the Aurora Collection and is particularly notable for having been purchased new by the consignor and seen fairly sparing use since then. The 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti shows just 3,862 miles on its odometer and is also certified by Ferrari Classiche. The Spider is expected to sell around €2,500,000 – €3,000,000.

A pair of 275s are also part of the Aurora Collection – a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti and a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS by Pininfarina. Both are Ferrari Classiche certified and numbers matching. A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pininfarina that was delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors, number 145 of the 200 that were built, is yet another Ferrari Classiche certified, matching-numbers example of the quality of car that will be on offer.

A few more affordable, relatively speaking, Ferraris will also be offered such as a 1997 Ferrari 550 Maranello and a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa.