RM Sotheby’s celebrated its most fruitful Monaco auction yet last weekend, having successfully sold 82 percent of its 118 lots over two days of bidding in the Grimaldi Forum on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, to record over 40 million euros in sales.

The undeniable highlight of the anticipated auction was a fantastic fleet of racing cars from the collection of Formula 1 world champion Jody Scheckter. The speedy South African himself was present in the Principality to say a few words about the extraordinary cars that he was parting ways with after decades.

By far the most expensive lot to cross the block was the 1979 Ferrari 312 T4 that Scheckter drove to all three of his victories in the 1979 season, at the Belgian, Monaco, and Italian Grands Prix. The 3.0 litre V12 powered prancing horse was Enzo Ferrari’s last Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship-winning car, and has never been driven by anyone other than Scheckter.

Such lofty pedigree often leads to lofty pricing, so it comes as little to no surprise that this lot sold for 7,655,000 euros. The 312 T4 will head to a prominent Japanese collection.

The second highest seller over the two days was a Classiche certified 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti, an example of one of Ferrari’s most iconic V-12 grand tourers, and one that sold for a world-record figure of 3,436,250 euros on Friday.

Rounding off the top three sellers in Monaco was another, but much older Ferrari, a four-cylinder 1954 Ferrari 625 F1 raced by the legendary Marquis Alfonso de Portago. This single-seater prancing horse fetched a not to be sniffed at sum of 2,705,000 euros.

Just over 50 thousand euros shy of the 625 F1 was the final Porsche 917 to have ever raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The luminously yellow 917 K-81 from 1981 raked in 2,648,750 euros.

37 countries were represented at the auction, which was also rather diverse in itself. A 2022 Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 made history as the first of its kind to ever be sold at public auction, achieving a world record 2,001,875 euro price under the hammer.

An altogether successful auction, with many lots exceeding expectations. The full results can be found on the RM Sotheby’s website here.

All images courtesy of RM Sotheby’s, featured image: Jody Sheckter’s collection