In September, just a fortnight after the Goodwood Revival there will be a one-off auction event to rival any taking place anywhere in the world this year.
Lyngsbækgård Manor is the seat of the estate of Ebeltoft on Denmark’s eastern coast, within the beautiful Mols Bjerge National Park. The estate is the size of a small city and is owned by Henrik Fredriksen who has described the area as ‘paradise.’
Mr Fredriksen and his late wife Vivi shared an immeasurable passion for cars; mostly British, German and American pre-World War II machinery. The majority are Bentleys and Rolls-Royces, with examples from such noble marques as Isotta Fraschini, Dusenberg, Maybach, Mercedes-Benz making up the rest of the astonishing collection which is considered by some to be one of the very finest in Europe. On September 26th, the majority of the collection will be offered for sale.
Bonhams‘ co-Chairman, Malcolm Barber, said of the sale: ‘Rarely does one see a single-owner collection that showcases such a broad variety of important brands, and yet still keeps to such a clear, historic theme where manufacturers pursue motoring perfection. It’s truly remarkable.’
Asked the reason why he and his wife focused on pre-war cars, Mr Fredriksen says: ‘It was a time before mass production, at least for higher quality cars. You can see the hand of the craftsman, you can see the details, the beauty of each component. Each one is a work of art and each has a story to tell. It’s the polar opposite of cars today.’
As we go to press Bonhams is yet to publish any estimates, but we’re advised that if you check Bonhams’ website they’ll be added in due course. So for now, enjoy this film showing the magnificent estate and some of the cars that will be going under the hammer.