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Arguably among the most flamboyant designs in automotive history, Alfa Romeo’s three B.A.T. cars — for Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica — are to be auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York City on Wednesday. Presented at the auction house’s Contemporary Art evening sale and expected to bring a hammer price of between $14 million and $20 million, the dazzling threesome is being publicly offered for the first time as a united group.

The event will be live-streamed at Sotheby’s.com beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern.

The three vehicles represent “possibly the best examples of cars as works of art,” said David Galperin, who heads the Wednesday evening events in New York. The cars will be shown alongside works by the postwar Italian artists and designers Lucio Fontana and Carlo Mollino, among others, as well as paintings by Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still and Brice Marden.

Produced by the coach-builder Bertone in 1953, 1954 and 1955, the B.A.T. cars 5, 7 and 9 were designed by Franco Scaglione, whose work included creations for Fiat, Siata, Maserati, Lamborghini, Aston-Martin and the German automakers NSU and Porsche. His last project for Alfa Romeo, 1967’s gull-wing Stradale 33, was said to be the fastest and most expensive automobile of its time.

Read more on The New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/27/arts/design/alfa-romeo-auction-sothebys.html

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