The Veneno Roadster is arguably one of the most intricately designed hypercars. This vehicle fetched $8.32 million, making it the most expensive Lamborgini to be auctioned, in a heavy three-way bidding. The Veneno droptop’s price nearly doubled, since it was priced at $4.5 million when it was launched. The car has been driven for only 202 miles, and still has the factory tires, in good condition.
This auction consisted of 25 supercars seized from Equatorial Guineau’s vice president Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue as part of a money-laundering probe, where he was accused of using public funds for financing his extravagant lifestyle. Authorities in other countries have confiscated a $100 million yacht, a Gulfstream jet, a $109 million mansion in Paris, among other assets. Swiss prosecutors dropped charges against Mangue, but decided to auction his luxury cars. It was held in Switzerland on September 29, and fetched $27 million altogether. Some other cars also fetched 7 figures, including Koenigsegg One:1 ($4.6 m), Ferrari Enzo ($3.1 m), Aston Martin One-77 ($1.5M), Bugatti Veyron ($1.3M), McLaren P1 ($1.3M) and a Porsche 918 Spyder ($1.5M).
James Knight, group chairman of Bonhams Motoring Department said, “The top lot of the collection and rarest of all, one of only nine built and introduced for the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini.” Most of the bidders were anonymous, but one of the bidders told Reuters in an interview that several pieces were bought by a single collector in the Middle East. The proceeds will go towards funding social welfare programs in Equatorial Guinea.
Another interesting car in the auction was a 1956 Aston Martin Lagonda, owned by the late Claude Nobs. It is said that The Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury have rode in the vintage car.