Collection of seven-figure exotics seized from the son of an African ruler is heading to auction.
Supercars come up for auction all the time. Hypercars, rather less frequently. But here we have six coming up for grabs, and they were all owned by the same person.
The eminently impressive collection includes a Lamborghini Veneno, Koenigsegg One:1, McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, Aston Martin One-77, and Bugatti Veyron. Not far off, in short, from the collection we'd want to amass for ourselves if we had the money and the chance to acquire them. And while we may not have the means, here at least the opportunity is presenting itself for those who do.
The rarest and most valuable of them, the Lamborghini Veneno is one of only nine such roadsters made, and has just 202 miles on the clock. It's estimated to sell for €4.5-5 million. The 620-mile hybrid LaFerrari is valued at €2.3-2.5 million. The Koenigsegg is an extreme take on the Agera and dubbed as the world's first mega-car (thanks to its megawatt of power) has just 370 miles on it, and is projected to sell for €1.6-2 million. The hybrid McLaren (like the Ferrari) also has just 620 miles on the clock but is valued at €1.3-1.6 million.
The Aston is one of just 77 made, related to the Vulcan track car but designed for the road, and is estimated at €1.2-1.6 million. Only in such company could the Veyron be relegated to the bottom, thanks largely to the ~1,900 miles it's accrued, valued at €600-800k.
There'll be a handful of Bentleys, Maybachs, Maseratis, and Porsches on offer as well – all from the same collection. The entire lineup belonged to one Teodorin Obiang Nguema, son of the president of Equatorial Guinea. The cars were seized by Swiss authorities back in 2016 due to misappropriation of state funds.
And not for the first time, either. Back in 2011, the same dictator's son had another collection of exotic wheels seized in Paris. They included two more Veyrons, a Ferrari Enzo and 599 GTO, a Maserati MC12, a Porsche Carrera GT, and a smattering of Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Maybachs, and Aston Martins, which sold at auction in 2013 for $3-4 million.
Bonhams will auction off this latest collection at the Bonmont Golf & Country Club near Geneva on September 29, with the proceeds earmarked towards social programs back in Equatorial Guinea.