Jerry Seinfeld's 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder race car sold for $5.35 million in the Gooding & Company auction at Amelia Island, Fla., Friday.
But, no joke, the comedian's 1973 917/30 failed to attract a winning bid, and subsequently sold for $3 million (all figures U.S.) – well off the pre-auction estimate of $5-7 million.
In all, Gooding reported 17 of the 18 cars from the Seinfeld collection sold for a total of $22,244,500.
Seinfeld's 1964 Volkswagen camper van sold for $99,000, a 1960 VW Beetle $121,000 – both in original, unrestored condition. The surprise of the Seinfeld collection was a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR race car with an estimate of $1.2-$1.5 million, for which the winning bid was $2,310,000.
A 2000 Carrera GT Prototype was the sole unsold car.
After the Seinfeld episode concluded, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder set a record for Gooding auctions, $17,660,000 including commission. Bidding catapulted from $10 million in 22 minutes.
RM Sotheby's sold a Ferrari 290 MM at its 2015 New York sale for $28,050,000, following Bonhams setting the auction record at $38,115,000 for a Ferrari 250 GTO at the Quail, Calif., sale in 2014. In February, France's Artcurial Retromobile auction reported a 1957 Ferrari 335 S sold for $35,700,000 in U.S. dollars.