RM Sotheby’s recently concluded its highly anticipated event at the Wynn Las Vegas, leaving a resounding mark in the world of high-value auctions. The star attraction of the event was the 2013 Mercedes W04 F1 car driven to glory by the legendary Lewis Hamilton. This sale, billed as a pivotal event in 2023, achieved a staggering $59.7 million in sales, cementing its place in history.
Lewis Hamilton’s Winning Mercedes F1 Car
The crown jewel of the auction, the 2013 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W04, made waves by setting a new record as the most valuable modern Formula One car ever sold. Amidst a captivating atmosphere at the Awakening Theater in Wynn Las Vegas, bidders engaged in intense competition, ultimately driving the sale to a whopping $18,815,000.
This iconic vehicle, the first to carry Lewis Hamilton to victory for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team, now stands as a testament to the high interest of collectors in Formula One history.
A Symphony of Auction Success: Highlights Beyond Formula One
The auction, hosted in collaboration with Wynn Las Vegas, showcased an 87% sell-through rate, underlining the meticulous curation of high-quality offerings. Among the other notable sales was the 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster, a rare open-top iteration of the iconic homologation special from the late-1990s FIA GT Championships.
Chassis 000034, one of only six ever produced, fetched an impressive $10,235,000.
Beyond Racing: Tom Brady’s Final NFL Jersey Takes the Stage
Adding a different sporting flavor to the event, the auction featured Tom Brady’s Game-Worn and Signed Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jersey from his farewell NFL game. This piece of history, worn in the NFC Wildcard Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys, fetched an astonishing $1.4 million, setting a new record for a football jersey at auction.