At an auction in Knokke from auction house Bonhams, very high amounts were paid on Sunday for a series of particularly handsome old-timers. An Aston Martin that belonged to King Baudouin brought in 271,000 euros, the BMW of the Greek king Constantine II no less than 2.13 million euros.
King Baudouin’s Aston Martin DB2 / 4 is the car with which the monarch drove incognito to the Millennial Oak in Lummen in 1956 and started a conversation with some unsuspecting farmers on a beet field.
According to royalty watchers, King Baudouin drove several times in the sports car to the Côte d’Azur, with the then Prince Albert in the passenger seat. Anonymous and with a French number plate to minimize the chance of recognition. But the exclusive Aston Martin was also spotted on Limburg roads in the 1950s. The car ultimately yielded 271,745 euros.
Another showpiece of the auction was the 1959 BMW 507 Series II Roadster owned by the Greek King Constantine II. The car raised no less than 2.13 million euros.