With the exception of a few new supercars from folks like Bugatti, Aston Martin, and McLaren, the most exciting car news in 2016 centered on the race to leave the human driver behind. But some people like to live in the past, which make sense if you’re gob-smacking rich and can afford the chrome-lined version of the way cars used to be.
2016 was a banger year for auction houses Gooding & Company and RM Sotheby, which together sold $606 million worth of automobiles in 2016. That’s a good $85 million more than the GDP of the island nation of Dominica.
Among their number: a $35.7 million 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti sold at auction in Paris. It’s one of the priciest, if not the priciest, automobiles ever to cross the block. Its anonymous new owner? The Daily Mail says it’s La Pulga himself, soccer star Lionel Messi. (He reportedly beat out Cristiano Ronaldo yet again for the honor.) It was also, perhaps, an Ohio real estate developer, according to the more sober CNBC.
If you’re not the best soccer player in the world, or even the best real estate developer in Ohio, don’t beat yourself up. You can always come back here to stare at the pretty pictures of the 11 most expensive cars sold at auction in 2016.