Villa Erba | Lake Como | RM Sotheby’s

photo of a 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Coupe by Touring Car on the driveway newt to house
1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Coupé

Soon it will be time for RM Sotheby’s exclusive Villa Erba sale which takes place along the splendid shores of Lake Como in Italy — an hour north of Milan. The sale is held in partnership with the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the two events combine creating an elegant and tasteful celebration for the car hobbyist and collector.  Whether you fly in or dock at the shore, the Villa Erba auction offers some of the world’s most significant blue-chip cars.  Remember, Father’s Day is just around the corner.

RM Sotheby’s concluded their fourth successful Villa Erba sale on the shores of Lake Como in 2017, grossing an impressive USD $28,287,238 and setting a number of new auction records for individual models — demonstrating that the market for fine pre-war cars remains very strong. The star of the night was the 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS ‘Goutte d’Eau’ Coupé by Figoni et Falaschi, affectionately known as the ‘Teardrop.’ Considered by many as one of the most attractive, aerodynamically inspired automotive designs, the car achieved an incredible USD $3,747,089 sale price.

Have something you’d like to sell?  Submit your Sotheby’s value estimate request here.

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este owes its privileged status among the world’s most prestigious heritage events for

historic vehicles to a number of unique attributes, including the elegance and illustrious tradition of the event itself, coupled with the majestic Grand Hotel Villa d’Este upon the shore of Lake Como and a small and select group of participants.

Villa Erba | RM Sotheby’s

The Grand Hotel Villa d’Este on the shore of Lake Como is one of the world’s iconic hotels. Its grounds and parkland will afford guests and visitors the opportunity to admire approximately 50 Historic Cars built between the 1920s and 1980s.

Father's Day is Sunday, June 16. Give Dad a little wow with a gift from NORDSTROM.From Friday, May 24th to Sunday, May 26th, 2019, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba will be the exclusive and unique settings for this traditional event where guests will be privileged to admire the finest historic cars and motorcycles of their eras.

In 2019, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este will be represented by the motto:

The Symphony of Engines

– 90 Years of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este & BMW Automobiles


Orlebar Brown


Browse Villa Erba RM Sotheby’s Cars on Offer
Have something you’d like to sell?
Submit your Sotheby’s free value estimate request here.

Tods SS19_234x60_shop.gif


The field of participants will again be presented in eight classes.
The Selecting Committee is delighted to present all classes of the
Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019:

Goodbye Roaring Twenties: The Birth of the Concorso
Fast Forward: A Quarter Century of Progress
Small and perfectly formed: The Coachbuilder’s Art in Miniature
A new Dawn: Into the Rock ’n’ Roll Era
Swinging Sixties: The Sky’s the Limit
Baby You Can Drive My Car: Musical Stars’ Cars
Speeding Against the Clock: Endurance Racing Legends
Daring to Dream: Concepts which rocked the Motoring World

An exclusive panel of Jury members led by Jury President Lorenzo Ramaciotti will award the Best of Show prize – the BMW Group Trophy. This is conferred for an extraordinary automobile which expresses beauty, passion, and uniqueness. The public will choose their favorite car by Public Referendum on Saturday at Villa d’Este. The prize awarded for the darling of the public is the Coppa d’Oro Villa d’Este.

Orlebar BrownVisitors to the three-day event in Cernobbio will also be able to look forward to the heritage highlights presented in the grounds of Villa Erba. One of these is the famous Concorso di Motociclette.

In 2019, the beauty contest for Historic Motorcycles will once more include six motorcycle classes.

The Selecting Committee is proud to present them all:

Still in Action: Motorcycles more than 100 Years Old
Sound and Style: The New Motorcycles of 1929
Promenade Percy: Sportsman’s Wear
50 Years Ago: Trendsetters for Future Success
Two-Wheeled Guards: To Protect and To Serve

Concept Bikes: New Design and Prototypes by Manufacturers and Independents
You are cordially invited to submit a registration form for your vehicle even if it does not match any of the classes defined above. Your application will be considered independently of the classes. As in the past, the various classes will reflect a broad bandwidth of automobiles, motorcycles, and themes.

RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba is a tasteful and elegant opportunity to add to your car collection while enjoying the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.  For that certain someone, a vintage car could be the perfect gift.

Perhaps this is a villa trip instead of staying at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este?

Happy motoring!




Lake Como cool for him at Orlebar Brown

Lake Como chic for her at VINCE.

Robb Vices Reserve
From the people who bring us Robb Report magazine
Get V.I.P. access to extraordinary products, experiences, and limited edition gift boxes


Sell Your Watch with Sotheby's.



promotional content