UNCOMMON FERRARI FOUND RUSTING IN A DESERTED BARN WORTH $23 MILLION
-- The Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder sold and is one of just 36 of the automobiles ever produced
-- It was possessed by French actor Alain Delon for around two years, but had long vanished
-- Decades later, the Ferrari was among 60 detected rotting in a 'metallic graveyard' in western France last year
A classic sportscar possessed by French actor Alain Delon subsequently lost for decades has became the fifth most expensive car sold on Friday.
The Ferrari 250 GT SWB is one of 36 ever made and one of 60 classic cars discovered rotting away and forgotten on a farm in western France this past year.
Other gems found on the farm sported gleaming names like Panhard Levassor, Hispano-Suiza, Talbot Lago, Bugatti, Maserati, Delahaye and Delage. And some have gone for three to four times asking price.
However, most see as the crown jewel of the show the Ferrari--a type that is featured 13 times on the list of the 100 most expensive cars ever sold
Aside from its rarity, the Ferrari is prized for having been photographed carrying stars Delon as well during the 1964 filming of Les Felins as Shirley MacLaine and Jane Fonda.
It was sold Friday in Paris, where managing director Matthieu Lamoure likened the discover to the discovery of King Tut's tomb at the Artcurial auction house.
'We were overcome with emotion. Probably much like Lord Carrington and Howard Carter, on being the first for centuries to enter Tutankhamun's grave,' he told AFP.
The 1956 Maserati that inhabited that spot next to the Ferrari's on the farm was likewise sold when it brought in close to $2 million.
The cars were gathered from the 1950s to the 1970s by entrepreneur Roger Baillon, who dreamt of restoring them to their former glory and displaying them in a museum.
Nevertheless, his plans were dashed as his company struggled, forcing Mr Baillon to sell about 50 of the vehicles.
Since then his collection has sat dormant in makeshift corrugated iron shelters and outbuildings on the farm.
Mr Baillon died about 10 years ago and his son, Jacques, who inherited the collection, died last year.
Mr Baillon's grandchildren had no notion of the area of the collection, calling in car specialists Pierre Novikoff and Lamoure of Artcurial to estimate its value.
You could buy a new Suzuki Celerio and have enough change to buy a few castles for that money