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Barn find collection sells for a total of £20 million!

Barn find collection sells for a total of £20 million!

10 February 2015

A collection of classic cars found in a barn forgotten for around 50 years has gone under the hammer selling for total of £20 million.

The car of most interest was a 1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spyder, one of only 37 made and this one was previously thought lost. This Vintage Ferrari sold for £11.8m including fees just on its own.

The Ferrari was found beneath a bunch of newspapers gathering dust and deteriorating away along with another 58 cars in garages and lean-to’s until they were discovered last year.

The collection was the legacy of a Roger Baillon, who collected the cars from the 1950s through to the 1970s, following his dream of restoring classic cars and showing them in his own museum.

Unfortunately the dream ended when his business suffered financially in the 1970s. He had to sell 50 of the cars, but kept the remaining collection across his French property under shelter and passed onto his son, who inherited the collection around 10 years ago.

The collection has recently been rediscovered by Roger Baillon’s grandchildren following the death of their own father, who also inherited other vintage rarities such as a 1956 Maserati A6G Gran Sports with coachwork by Frua, which sold for £1.4m and a Talbot Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB that achieved a price in excess of £1.2m.

It has been said that the extensive historical find is a once in a lifetime discovery, unlikely to be replicated anywhere else in the world.

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