RM Sotheby’s 'Guyton Collection' Auction Yields $11.7m

By Paul Joseph

RM Sotheby’s hosted its latest private collection at auction in St Louis, Missouri, last week, resulting in a total sales yield of just under $11.7 million.

Comprising the remarkable automobiles and collectibles of the late Mr. Fred Guyton, a renowned architect and car collector from St. Louis, the prestigious Guyton Collection went under the hammer over two days, drawing bidding from around the world.

Mr. Guyton was a treasured figure within collecting and car club circles, having amassed his collection over more than four decades.

The Saturday sale included 73 automobiles, featuring historic American and European motor cars from the Veteran, Brass and Classic Eras – many of which had been in the collection for decades.

Among the cars to be sold at auction was the award-winning 1909 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roi des Belges in the style of Barker, which went for$1.3 million

Special Rolls-Royce models also stole the show, with a one-of-two 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 'Parallel Door' Saloon Coupe achieving a winning bid of $423,000. Meanwhile a largely original 1925 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster fetched $280,000.

Other European highlights included a 1927 Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport, which sold for  $362,500.

The Guyton Collection also featured several great American Classics, led by a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan, which fetched $1.1 million.

“We are thrilled with the results for the Guyton Collection, which truly exceeded our expectations in every way,” said Donnie Gould, Car Specialist at RM Sotheby’s, following the sale.

“The entire team was honoured to present such an exceptional collection and the prices achieved go to show just how well-respected Fred’s name and eye for quality were within the hobby.

“Our thanks go out to Mrs. Beverly Guyton and the entire Guyton family and collection team, as we couldn’t have put together such a fantastic event without their help.

“It was a great weekend in St. Louis we won’t soon forget, surrounded by our friends in the collector car community, and wonderful to witness just how beloved a fixture in the hobby Fred was.”

Beyond the cars, the Guyton Collection included well over 500 pieces of automobilia, collectibles, petroliana, sports memorabilia, original artwork, furniture, and model and toy cars.

By Paul Joseph