London’s summer art fairs attract some of the world’s wealthiest collectors. After last year’s closing of the 75-year-old Grosvenor House event, June 24–29 will see the first ‘Masterpiece London’. It joins the Kensington Gardens and Olympia arts and antique fairs to showcase some of the world’s most sought after works of art.
Sitting alongside Picasso and Renoir creations, Masterpiece London will be the first to introduce classic automobiles to the mix. A few of the vehicles up for bid are a ‘32 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix racer estimated at $4.5 million, a Brooklands-winning $2.2 million ‘36 Bentley 4.5 liter, an inaugural race winning ‘59 Aston Martin DB4 GT Prototype piloted by Stirling Moss, a rare pre-war Masterati 6CM and a recently restored AC ACE from 1957.
Despite the desirability of these vintage automobiles, amazingly they’re actually some of the least expensive works included in the Masterpiece London. Prices for many of the Picassos, Renoirs and other impressionist pieces are expected to bring upwards of $22 million each!