The Monaco Ducati sale by RM Auctions set new records with two Factory Ducati Desmosedici GP machines raced by Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi achieving world record prices at £202,296 and £197,591 respectively.
The auction featured bikes offered by the Ducati brand factory along with the world-famous Carlo Saltarelli Collection.
The sale represented the first time the Factory Ducati Corse racing department had offered such bikes at public auction, presenting a very unique opportunity for collectors.
"We are very happy for the two new owners of these precious, high-tech racing motorcycles. It was a great experience working with the RM team and to see that the bikes generated so much attention and interested bidding from collectors around the world, "Diego Sgorbati, Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., stated following the sale.
The 97 bike Saltarelli Collection also offered fans of the Ducati marque a unique opportunity to acquire examples from across the company's history.
Attracting widespread interest from collectors around the world, including Australia and Japan, the collection achieved in excess of £562,940. Headlining the collection was the 1972 750 Imola 200 Replica, which secured a new home for £56,454.
The 1971 750GT, more than doubled its pre-sale high estimate of £12,063 to achieve an impressive £30,579, while the 1975 750 Super Sport also doubled its pre-sale estimate, realising £25,875.
"The addition of motorcycles to our Monaco sale represents RM's versatility in the marketplace. Any motorcycle sale that achieves in excess of one million euros and which also sees significant records tumble can only be judged as a fantastic success. In addition, the sale enabled us to successfully reach a new audience of buyers, with thirty-four percent of bidders at the sale representing first-time clients," Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe said in a statement.
The motorcycle offering was complemented by a magnificent roster of more than 90 automobiles and three boats, leading to a two-day sale total of more than £26.94 million.