The world's 50 most expensive auction cars

By: Lucinda Nguyen, Unique Cars magazine

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What you get when money is no object

We all know people spend astounding amounts of money on collectible cars, but it's the sheer scale that can be breath-taking.

Just for the fun of it, we tracked down the world's top 50 auction results.

Ferraris easily dominate the list, making up 60 per cent of our high flyers, with the top two cars being 250 GTOs.

Incredibly, Bugatti - despite the age of the cars and the tiny numbers made - is second on the table, with four examples in this exclusive company.

Go on, grab a coffee and see where the money went...

# Car/Model/Type Price sold Auction House & Link
01. 1963 Classic Ferrari 250 GTO (4153 GT) £52 million (AU $92,891,918.42) June 2018
02. 1962-63 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta US$ 38,115,000 (AU $51,614,471) Quail Lodge August 2014
03. 1957 Ferrari 335S Spider Scaglietti US $35.7 million (AU $48,600,373.50) Official Artcurial Auction Paris, France February 2016
04. 1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic $40 million Privately sold to Walmart Chairman Rob Walton
05. 1956 Ferrari 290MM by Scaglietti US $28,005,000 (AU$37,733,236.88) RM Sotheby’s Auction New York 2015
06. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider by Scaglietti US $27,500,000 (AU$37,052,812.50) RM Monterey 2013
07. 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale by Scaglietti US $26.4 million (AU$35,570,700) RM Monterey 2014
08. 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R £19,601,500 (AU$ 34,990,833) Bonhams Goodwood festival of Speed July 2013
09. 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 US $22,550,000 (AU$30,383,306.25) RM Sotheby’s Auction Monterey 2017
10. 1955 Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type US $21,780,000 (AU $28.7 million) Sotheby’s Monterey California 2016
11. Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato £15 million (AU $26,759,774.38) Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed July 2018
12. 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider US $19,800,000 (AU$26,678,025) RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2016
13. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider by Scaglietti US $18,649,760 (AU$25,128,220.38) Artcurial Paris 2015
14. 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Sports-racing Two-Seat Spyder Competizione US $18,309,614 (AU$24,669,916.16) Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed June 2014
15. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione US $18,150,000 (AU$24,454,856.25) Gooding Pebble Beach 2016
16. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione by Scaglietti US $17,990,000 (AU$24,239,276.25) RM Sotheby’s New York 2017
17. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Scaglietti US $17,600,000 (AU $23,713,800) RM Sotheby's Monterey 2015
18. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider US $17,160,000 (AU $23,120,955.00) Gooding Amelia Island 2016
19. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider US$16,830,000 (AU $22,676,321.25) Gooding Pebble Beach 2015
20. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa US$16.39 million (AU $22,343,913.35) Gooding & Company Auction Monterey 2011
21. 1995 McLaren F1 US$ 15,620,000 (AU$ 21,152,250) Quail Lodge Auction August 2017
22. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider US$15,180,000 (AU $20,564,346) Gooding Pebble Beach 2014
23. 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe $20,558,950 Christie’s London 1987
24. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C US $14,520,000 (AU $19,670,244.00) Gooding Pebble Beach 2017
25. 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato US $14,300,000 (AU $19,372,210) RM Sotheby’s Auction New York 2015
26. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti US $14,300,000 (AU $19,372,210) RM New York 2013
27. 1970 Steve McQueen’s Porsche 917 Gulf-liveried 917K US $14,080,000 (AU $19,081,920) Pebble Beach 2017
28. 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyage US$13,984,669 (AU $18,938,038.76) More
29. 1998 McLaren F1 US$13,750,000 (AU $18,630,631.25) RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015
30. 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra US$13,750,000 (AU $18,630,631.25) RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2016
31. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione US $13,500,000 (AU $18,291,892.50) Pebble Beach 2016
32. 1956 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione US $13,200,000 (AU $17,896,560) RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015
33. 1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight US $13,200,000 (AU $17,896,560) RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015
34. 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale by Bertone AU $16,500,000 Gooding Pebble Beach 2015
35. 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza US $11,990,000 (AU $16,252,624.85) Pebble Beach 2016
36. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster US $11,770,000 (AU $15,954,411.55) Pebble Beach 2012
37. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Scaglietti US $11,550,000 (AU $15,641,010) RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2014
38. 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta €9,856,000 (AU $15,619,631.35) RM Sotheby’s 2013
39. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB US $11,440,968 (AU $15,493,358.87) H&H Duxford 2015
40. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider US $11,275,000 (AU $15,283,262.50) Gooding Pebble Beach 2012
41. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder US $11,070,000 (AU $15,005,551.05) RM Auctions Maranello, Italy 2008
42. 1968 Ford GT40 Lightweight US $11,000,000 (AU $14,910,500) RM Monterey 2012
43. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider US $10,894,900 (AU $14,768,036.95) RM Maranello Italy 2008
44. 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster US $10,400,000 (AU$14,097,200) Gooding Pebble Beach 2016
45. 1931 Duesenberg Model J Long-Wheelbase Coupe US $10,340,000 (AU$14,015,870) Gooding Pebble Beach 2011
46. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti US $10,175,000 (AU$13,792,212.50) RM Monterey 2014
47. 1982 Porsche 956 US $10,120,000 (AU $13,717,660) Gooding Pebble Beach 2015
48. 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta US $10,043,000 (AU $13,613,286.50) RM Sotheby’s Maranello 2017
49. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa €9,020,000 (AU $12,169,784) RM Sotheby’s Maranello 2009
50. 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa Spyder €6,875,000 (AU $10,865,281.42) RM Sotheby’s 2007

What would you have bought if you had this kind of cash floating around?

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