La Baule will be hosting an auction of various treasures, including autographs from champion F1 drivers, a replica of Charles Leclerc’s helmet and a very special car. Amongst countless lots of photographs, lithographs and sculptures going under the hammer this weekend is a shiny black Austin A35 car that once belonged to Prince Rainier III.
Estimated to bring in between €15,000-€20,000, Prince Rainier’s Austin A35 Seven was made in 1957. With a red fabric interior and 105,900 km on its odometer, the car comes with all its supporting documents. According to Hôtel des Ventes La Baule, the car’s engine was rebuilt in October 2023 and is equipped with SP98.
“Very good condition inside and out, MOT dated 11/23 with some small defects, CG collection,” states La Baule. The special car will go under the hammer on Saturday 25 November during the “automobilia” auction at the La Auction House.
Given to Prince Rainier III in the 1980s in poor condition, the vehicle is said to have never been driven by the Prince. The car was kept in Monaco for about a decade before being sold to a private individual (before the HSH the Prince of Monaco Car Collection opened in 1993).
Charles Leclerc replica helmet
A replica helmet signed by Monaco’s star F1 driver, Charles Leclerc, will also be auctioned off this weekend. The helmet comes with a display case, a certificate of authenticity and is estimated to bring in between €6,000-€12,000 euros.
Last year, the auction house sold an autographed Charles Leclerc replica helmet. This year they will be selling another one. This time, the replica is from the 2023 season, made in the United States and is signed on the visor by Charles Leclerc.