In a dazzling display of automotive glory and sports memorabilia, the Official Auction of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, held at the opulent Wynn Las Vegas, concluded with a staggering $59.7 million in sales. The event, which became the talk of the town, was headlined by the sale of the 2013 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W04, driven to victory by none other than Sir Lewis Hamilton, setting a new benchmark as the most valuable modern Formula One car ever sold.
Hosted by RM Sotheby’s, this star-studded, single-day sale not only showcased an array of stunning vehicles but also achieved an impressive $59,704,685 in total sales, with an impressive 87% sell-through rate. The auction floor was charged with excitement as the 2013 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W04, a beacon of racing history, ignited a fierce bidding war, eventually selling for a breathtaking $18,815,000.
The auction, however, had more than just the iconic F1 car to offer. Another highlight was the sale of the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster, a marvel of engineering and design, which fetched a cool $10,235,000. The rare roadster, known for its dominant performance in the late-1990s FIA GT Championships, proved yet again that quality and heritage never go out of style.
Adding to the spectacle, Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2023 game-worn and signed jersey from his final NFL game made auction history by selling for $1.4 million. This sale set a new record for any football jersey sold at auction, underscoring the legendary quarterback’s lasting impact on the sport.
The Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend, projected as 2023’s “biggest event in the world” by its organizers, found its perfect match in the RM Sotheby’s auction. The Awakening Theater at Wynn Las Vegas provided a fittingly grand stage for this one-of-a-kind event, which saw historical vehicles and sports memorabilia change hands amidst an electrifying atmosphere.
“In collaboration with Wynn Las Vegas, the RM Sotheby’s team created an extraordinary experience during the race week,” said Bryon Madsen, President of RM Sotheby’s. “The sale of Sir Lewis Hamilton’s first race-winning Mercedes F1 car, now the most valuable modern Formula One car ever sold, was the pinnacle of this incredible auction.”
As the gavel fell on the final lot, the auction not only celebrated the past and present of automotive excellence but also set the stage for future events where history, luxury, and speed converge in a symphony of high-octane excitement. This event at the Las Vegas Grand Prix was more than just an auction; it was a testament to the enduring allure of automotive and sporting history, witnessed by enthusiasts and collectors from around the globe.