A 1955 Mercedes-Benz, one of only two surviving versions, sold at auction earlier this month for a whopping 135 million euros ($143 million), becoming the most expensive car ever. world ever sold, RM Sotheby’s announced Thursday.
“A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe has been sold at auction for a record 135,000,000 euros to a private collector,” the antique car auction company said in a statement.
The car sold for almost three times the previous record, set in 2018 by a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, worth more than $48 million.
The auction house said the invitation-only auction took place on May 5 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
The car is just one of two prototypes built by the Mercedes-Benz racing division and named after its creator and chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, after RM Sotheby’s.
“Private buyers have agreed that the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe will remain available for public display on special occasions, while the second original 300 SLR Coupe will remain in the company’s possession and will continues to be on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart,” the auction company added.
RM Sotheby’s said the proceeds from the auction will be used to establish the worldwide Mercedes-Benz Foundation to fund environmental science research and decarbonisation.
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