Bonhams’ inaugural Denmark auction features spectacular classic cars

Bonhams’ inaugural Denmark auction, scheduled for September 26, will see more than a dozen classic Rolls-Royce motor cars go under the hammer.

The single-owner sale of the Frederiksen Collection will comprise 13 very early vehicles from the British luxury marque, two of which are expected to achieve more than $1 million.

The highlight of the group is a 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Skiff, a model that earned Rolls-Royce the sobriquet “the best car in the world,” that is estimated to go for between $1.1 million and $1.4 million. Also offered is a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Open Tourer (est. $304,500 – $395,800) that was once owned by American biologist, suffragist and philanthropist Katharine McCormick, who is credited with single-handedly financing the research necessary to develop the first birth control pill.

Post-war lots to watch include the 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Owen Sedanca Coupe, with coachwork by Gurney Nutting. One of just 12 of its kind made, this example was raced by society lady Peta Fisher against the Blue Train from Calais to Antibes in 1939 (the outcome of the race is uncertain) and is estimated to achieve between $860,000 and $1.1 million.

The sale will take place at Lyngsbækgaard, a picturesque 16th-century manor house set in the Mols Bjerge national park near Aarhus, Denmark, that belongs to the owner of the collection, Danish millionaire Henrik Frederiksen.

The collection of 48 vehicles, put together piece by piece by Frederiksen and his late wife, Vivi Frederiksen, over the years, is being dismantled after the death of the latter earlier this year.