Hook: Some cars really don’t come that cheap due to their tech and brand. However, if you couple a car and a famous previous owner, then you have got something worth millions. Here are 5 of the most expensive celebrity cars that are being auctioned.
To the average person, spending millions on an old car is just incredulous. Conversely, to the car aficionado who wants to build their collection, no amount is too much. More often, buyers do not only get the car’s power but the satisfaction that a well-known public figure once drove their vehicle.
You see, when a massive name is attached to a car, a massive price tag comes along. Here are 5 of the most expensive celebrity cars auctioned off.
5 Cars Celebrities Auctioned Off For Millions
1. John Lennon’s 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine
The 1965 Roll-Royce Phantom V Limousine is a classic black beauty. But when The Beatles member John Lennon put his own ‘60s twist to it, you’ll feel like you’re going on a “trip.”
The Phantom V Limo already costs quite a lot before Lennon’s modifications. But with his psychedelic design, the added phone, refrigerator, and record player, the iconic car was auctioned off at Sotheby’s at around $2.3 million.
2. Andy Warhol’s 1955 Ferrari 857 Sport
Andy Warhol was someone who changed how people saw art. With his unique take with pop art, he quickly became a world-renowned artist. However, he wasn’t just an iconic artist; he was a car enthusiast. Subsequently, he was commissioned to paint a BMW M1 as part of the BMW Art Car Collection. His design was definitely the highlight of the collection.
Because of his fame for creating pop art pieces and his love for cars, it’s no wonder that his Ferrari 875 Sport would be auctioned off for a hefty price, $6.3 million.
3. Steve McQueen’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
American actor Steve McQueen wasn’t nicknamed “the King of Cool” for nothing. He started in several car films in the ‘60s and ‘70s, like The Getaway, Le Mans, and Bullitt. So, it’s no surprise that the real-life car aficionado would drive a Ferrari 275 GTB/4 with a V12 engine that could make 300 horsepower.
This powerhouse of a car was enough to make anyone buy it. But with McQueen’s added “cool factor,” it sold for about $10.17 million in 2014 by RMA Auctions.
4. Clark Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Steve McQueen might have taken the “King of Cool” title, but Clark Gable is the “King of Hollywood.” Having starred in more than 60 films with a wide genre range, he’s undoubtedly become a household name.
With his fame, he was able to buy a car sleek enough to fit his title. He purchased his brand new 300SL Gullwing for just $7,295. In the car’s time with the actor, it got a wood and chrome steering wheel and fake Rudge wheels. Decades later, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company sold it for $2.035 million with all of the original papers, signed by Gable himself.
5. Fred Astaire’s 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spyder
The Ferrari 750 Monza Scaglietti Spyder is a rare piece with only 35 units build and singer, dancer, actor Fres Astaire had one. It has a reputation for being a fast one on a racetrack.
Additionally, Astaire put more power and money into the car’s name when he drove it in the 1959 film On the Beach. In 2011, RM Auctions auctioned it off for $2.5 million in Pebble Beach.