The hype generated for the auction of the only one Porsche Type 64 made it the Supra of the auction world. Last night, when a weird blunder happened at the Auction with no sale, it was surprising.
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Type 64 is the car that links Volkswagen to Porsche, designed under Adolf Hitler’s direction for a Berlin to Rome road rally. It’s a weird and antique piece of automotive history, with only three built and the only one surviving. As a result, the last Porsche Type 64 was expected to fetch around $20 million.
We all know that the first Porsche, 356, was built in 1948, and primarily derived from Volkswagen.
According to Bloomberg, “the auctioneer starts the bidding from $30 million. Within a few bids, the price skyrocket to $70 million! That price would make it ‘the most expensive car’ ever sold, handily beating out the $48.4 million Ferrari GTO. That is, of course, if anyone had bid that much.”
In confusion, the event turns when auctioneer tried to announce the correction by himself. Beside the bids appeared on the Display as $30 million, $40 million and eventually $70 million, the actual attempts started from $13 million. The top bids were for $17 million, not $70 million.
According to Bloomberg,” no one knew if this had been a surprising mistake from one of the most prestigious auction houses or a weird attempt at a joke to build more hype. Either way, it didn’t sit well with the audience.”
After a lot of confusion and doubt occur whether they had been a purposely tricked, there wasn’t a lot of interest in bidding. No one came forward to tops the $17 million bid, so the auction ended there. It appears as though that didn’t meet the reserve, as the car is still listed for sales. A video by an auction goer captured with the whole mess:
So after all of that excitement, the Porsche Type 64 auction reached a weird and unsatisfying ending. We’ve reached out to RM Sotheby’s for clarification and will update if we hear back.