Yesterday, a real craze arose around the prestigious cars of André Trigano, who sold his collection on his 95th birthday. In the presence of over a thousand people, the auction took place at his home in Gibel, on the outskirts of Ariège, where he has spent his entire political and entrepreneurial career.
Hotly contested auctions, often at a high price, excited curious and collectors alike for the auction of André Trigano's car collection. 170 vehicles and a few models were torn like hot cakes, very often above their estimate, under the eyes of the owner who was celebrating his 95 years. One eye on the hammer and the other on his computer screen, from his balcony, André Trigano dominated the room, in which several hundred enthusiastic buyers were involved.
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"It's unheard of," said Matthieu Lamoure, associate director of Artcurial, who ran the sale alongside auctioneer Hervé Poulain. "We had 800 listings, twice as many as usual and thirty pages of buy orders." So, to welcome everyone while respecting sanitary measures, an additional hangar was transformed into an auction room and screens were placed outside with relays to signal the auctions.
Rare and expensive pearls
The Lamborghini 400 GT 2 + 2 won the bid and sold for € 400,000. Among the best sales was the 1970 Aston Martin DBS V8, which produced around 100 units and sold for € 155,000. It is followed by the Rolls Royce Phantom of 1962 acquired for 150,000 €. Car of crowned heads, heads of state and stars, it had belonged to Charles Aznavour between 1964 and 1966.
Sometimes, the counters were even carried away, especially on the internet, with auctions of more than double the estimated price as this Panhard Dyna X 86 Sedan sold for € 18,000 while the estimate was between € 3,000 and € 5,000. Ditto for a Renault Juvaquatre Dauphinoise from 1957 which sold for € 14,000 although estimated at € 5,000.
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Few of the vehicles have not aroused enthusiasm. The Delage D6 Limousine from 1952 is one of them. Estimated between 25,000 and 35,000 €, it timidly went to 16,000 €. Still, there would have been only two such vehicles, according to André Trigano. One used by President Maurice Thorez and this one reserved for the National Assembly. Politics no longer seems to make people dream …
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Beyond his political commitment and his economic success, André Trigano was a racing driver in these young years. "As soon as I had the means to buy a car that was just fine, I entered the Tour de France automobile," says the collector. "This passion led me to search for cars that I had loved and that were not within my means. In the 60s, old cars did not interest anyone and were not worth much, especially since I often bought them in poor condition. I had them repaired and kept them because I loved cars too much to break them. "