Check Out These ‘Rolling Sculptures’ at Keno Brothers Automobile Auctions

Will art collectors soon become car collectors?

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB4 N.A.R.T. Competizione. Photo: Keno Brothers.
1965 Aston Martin DB5. Photo: Keno Brothers.

1965 Aston Martin DB5.
Photo: Keno Brothers.

Can cars be considered “rolling sculptures”? That’s the question automobile auction house Keno Brothers poses in their inaugural automobile auction “Rolling Sculpture – Auction of Fine Automobiles,” which is currently in progress on their website. The arty automobiles were on view at 550 Washington Street until November 19, when the auction will begin at 5 p.m.

1958 Porsche 356 A Coupe Photo: Keno Brothers.

1958 Porsche 356 A Coupe.
Photo: Keno Brothers.

The auction, which is powered by Proxibid, features classic cars from the ’60s and ’70s, including Lamborghinis, Masteratis, Ferraris, and a 1965 Aston Martin DB5, which has a starting bid of $425,000. A 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB4 N.A.R.T. Competizione is estimated between $4,900,000–$5,900,000.

“We are firm believers in conservative pre-auction estimates,” Leigh Keno said in a statement.  “It’s all about providing an attractively priced point of entry, and realizing if we were to start at a price that’s beyond reason, buyers may wonder ‘why?’ and never get into the game. We want to open the channels that allow potential buyers to get to know each lot, know the car’s history and even flaws—make everything as transparent as possible.”

This May, Bonhams set an online auction record via the sale of a Porsche Type 962 for a record €1.5 million ($2.3 million). We’ll see if anyone lights a fire in Keno Brothers’ $5.9 million 1969 Ferrari. “No one can ignore it, even standing still, waiting for its fire to be lit,” reads a description of the pricey vehicle.

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