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Bugatti Tops $13.7 Million Sale; Lennon Car Withdrawn

An English lord’s 1930s Bugatti Grand Prix racer was the top lot in a Paris auction that raised 10.1 million euros ($13.7 million).

The 1933 Bugatti Type 51, entered from the estate of the late Fitzroy Somerset, the 5th Baron Raglan, fetched 943,000 euros including fees on Feb. 5. The Bonhams sale at the Grand Palais had been scheduled to include a 1965 light blue Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe, estimated to raise as much as 170,000 euros, that Beatle John Lennon bought hours after passing his driving test. It was withdrawn before the event owing to “consignor’s remorse,” said Leonora Oldfield, a press officer at the auction house: The present seller could not bear to part with it.