In 1976 Frank Stella’s BMW 3.0 CSL coupé took part in the 24-hour race at Le Mans, a particularly exceptional but not very successful premiere for the work of such an ardent motor racing enthusiast. The graph paper pattern of his Art Car ran across the entire bodywork, formally capturing and accurately describing every curve and every indentation. Stella’s design marked the turning point into three-dimensionality. It took the owner ten years to build this accurate replica of Stella’s factory racing car based on a 1973 E9 BMW. He has started his work in 2006, this year the car was officially finished with stamp from the German technical inspection association TÜV, which means a lot. Now all that is missing is to park a bit more fotographer-friendly next time.
The recent Silverstone Auction netted some surprisingly high bids including:
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona formerly owned by Sir Elton John sold for £551,250.
Despite an estimate of £70,000 - £85,000 before the sale, bidding for a rare 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL started at £95,000 and after a rapid-fire battle between room, phone and online bidders it eventually sold in the room for a final price of £137,250.
A 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 raced past the £100,000 mark during a fierce bidding war, eventually selling for £114,750 to an online bidder from Australia.