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LaFerrari Aperta fetches $12 million at auction

Top bid in RM Sotheby charity auction is highest for 21st Century car

LaFerrari Aperta

Ferrari has set a modern-day record by selling a LaFerrari Aperta at auction for €8.3 million (roughly $12 million Canadian).

The RM Sotheby’s auction took place during the Prancing Horse’s 70th Anniversary celebrations at the Fiorino circuit in Maranello, with the proceeds from the sale of the car donated to Save the Children (the international organisation that works to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in over 120 countries) toward educational projects in Asia and Africa.

The amount is a record for this century, with the previous best $7 million American for a LaFerrari in a Daytona auction last December, with the proceeds from that sale going to earthquake victims in central Italy.

The car auctioned off is part of a limited edition run in Rosso Fuoco (flame red) exterior, with a Biano Italia racing stripe on the hood and rear deck. The interior is black Alcantara and leather with red highlights and accent stitching.

The Spider version of the LaFerrari (the spiritual successor to the Enzo Ferrari) was created to commemorate the 70-year anniversary of the Italian maker. Only 200 were available were available to purchase, with another nine intended for auction during the anniversary celebrations.

Other cars auctioned off at the event included a California 250 GT SWB that fetched €7.9 million (about $11.5 million Canadian), a 1958 250 GT Cabriolet Pininfarina Series I for €4.7 million ($6.8 million) and the aluminium-bodied 365 GTB/4 discovered in a Japanese hayloft for €1.8 million ($2.6 million).

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