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A Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe has overtaken the Ferrari 250 GTO for the place of the most valuable ever sold at auction.

22 May 2022 | International News : Germany

A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 has been sold at auction for a record price of $196 million (€135,000,000) to a private collector, making it the most valuable car ever sold at auction.

The car is said to have opened with a bidding price higher than the selling price of the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold by RM Sotheby's in 2018, the car which previously ranked as the most valuable ever sold at auction.

The 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, one of two created in 1955, is named after its Creator and Chief Engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, and is considered to be one of the finest examples of automotive engineering and design, and is often cited as being 'the most beautiful car in the world' by automotive experts and enthusiasts worldwide.

The sale of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe took place on 5 May 2022 at an auction held at the Mercedes­Benz Museum in Stuttgart. Auction firm RM Sotheby worked in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz to organise the auction, and states that the proceeds from the auction will be used to establish a worldwide Mercedes-Benz Fund that will provide educational and research scholarships in the areas of environmental science and decarbonisation for young people.

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