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Collectible Mercedes, sold for 135 million euros

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The Mercedes Coupé 300 SLR Uhlenhaut car, produced in 1955, was sold by the Mercedes-Benz Museum in the German city of Stuttgart in collaboration with a subsidiary of RM Sotheby’s to a private collector at a confidential auction held on of May 5th.

At a price of 135 million euros, this rare Mercedes car designed by engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut, was awarded at a price almost three times higher than the previous record set in 2018 by a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that was sold , also by RM Sotheby’s auction house, for 48 million dollars (45 million euros).

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Thanks to this record, the Mercedes Coupé 300 SLR Uhlenhaut “ranks in the top 10 most expensive items ever sold at auction,” RM Sotheby’s auction house said.

The Uhlenhaut coupes represent “a turning point in the development of sports cars and a historic moment for our brand,” said Ola Källenius, President of Mercedes’ Board of Directors.

The proceeds from the auction will be used by the German carmaker to develop a global scholarship program called the Mercedes-Benz Fund. Thanks to this program, it will be possible to support a new generation of specialists who will develop new technologies, especially for decarbonization and resource conservation.

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The absolute record for an art object sold at auction was set by Leonardo de Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ painting, which in November was sold for $ 450.3 million by Christie’s auction house in New York.

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