- Supercars seized from the Vice President of Equatorial Guinea and son of the country’s dictator recently went up for auction in Switzerland with Bonhams and the State of Geneva.
- The 26 cars auctioned off for $US26,908,636, exceeding the Swiss authorities’ original estimate for what the cars were worth, about $US18.7 million, the Associated Press reported.
- The auction also set a record for the world’s most expensive Lamborghini to ever be auctioned at $US8.3 million.
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Super and hypercars once owned by Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, vice president of Equatorial Guinea and son of the country’s dictator, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, just auctioned off with Bonhams Auction House in Switzerland.
In total, 26 supercars fetched $US26.9 million. This includes a 2014 Koenigsegg One:1, 1993 Porsche 911 Type 964 Turbo S ‘Leichtbau’ Coupé, 2015 Ferrari La Ferrari, and 2011 Aston Martin One-77, which all went for over $US1 million in the auction.
The cars were originally seized after Swiss officials investigated Nguema Obiang for corruption and money laundering.
The auction also set a world record for the highest amount achieved for a Lamborghini Veneno, which auctioned off for $US8.27 million. This gives it the title of the world’s most expensive Lamborghini ever auctioned.
Keep scrolling to read about the tainted history of the cars and its owners:
The cars once belonged Vice President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, according to the Associated Press.
The 2003 Ferrari Enzo pictured fetched $US3,102,722. The car had 13 miles on it and was one of 400 Enzos produced, according to the auction house.
Source: Associated Press
In 2017, Obiang Mangu was convicted of money laundering and embezzlement of over $US100 million, although he appealed the case, the New York Times reported.
The pictured yellow 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari fetched $US1.95 million The blue Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 Coupe achieved a little less at $US1.3 million.
Source: The New York Times
His father was also investigated a decade prior after an accusation of state money embezzlement was filed against him and two other African heads of states.
In 2011, authorities seized parts of President Obiang’s property, including several luxury cars that were auctioned off.
The pictured 2015 Ferrari F12tdf Berlinetta fetched $US861,867. It was one of 799 examples built and has about 430 miles on it.
These cars included the Ferrari Enzo and Mercedes Maybach.
The red 2011 Aston Martin One 77 Coupé auctioned off for $US1.55 million. It was the 35th of 77 examples built and had about 761 miles logged.
In 2016, Swiss authorities confiscated 11 cars and a yacht from the younger Obiang according to the BBC.
This 2014 McLaren P1 Coupe achieved $US1.26 million It is one of 375 of the hybrid hypercars built and has about 604 miles logged.
Swiss prosecutors dropped the charges this past February and returned his yacht after Obiang agreed to pay $US1.2 million to cover the investigation and procedural costs, according to the Washington Post.
The pictured 2015 Koenigsegg One:1 fetched $US4.6 million.
Source: Washington Post
The 2016 Swiss case was allowed to be closed under the rule that the person being investigated “repaired the damage or done everything that could have been expected of him or her to make up for the wrong that was caused.”
The pictured hybrid 2014 McLaren P1 Coupé achieved $US1.26 million and is one of 375 examples produced.
Obiang has been known to publicly live an extravagant “playboy lifestyle,” according to the BBC.
The seized cars were sold by the State of Geneva.
This 1996 Ferrari Testarossa 512M Coupé went for $US189,610 and has 1,235 miles recorded.
The 26 cars auctioned off for $US26.9 million.
The 1996 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster, pictured, went for $US218,339. It is the automaker’s first open-top car with a V12 engine.
This exceeded the original estimated of about $US18.7 million, authorities estimated the auction would fetch.
This 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello Coupé fetched $US91,932. It was originally delivered new to California and has been driven 2,406 miles.
This is the first Bonhams sale to take place in Switzerland in over a decade.
The 2007 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé went for $US195,356. Bonhams called it the “pinnacle of motoring opulence.”
Bonhams called the auction a “very special sale” and a “supercar sweep.”
The 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Coupé Chassis, pictured, has been called the “best Ferrari of its generation.” It went for $US172,373.
The most expensive car auctioned — and now the most expensive Lamborghini ever to be auctioned — was the 2014 Lamborghini Veneno, pictured, which went for a record-setting $US8.3 million. The bidding lasted seven minutes long.
The $US4.6 million Koenigsegg One:1 was one of only six examples made and had almost 371 miles logged.
The pictured 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder fetched $US1.5 million It is one of 918 models made and was auctioned off with 361 miles on it.
Roughly $US23.6 million was donated to charity as a result of the auction.
This 1998 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Armoured Touring Limousine requires restoration and reassembly but auctioned off for $US86,186.
The money from the auction will be donated to a charity in Equatorial Guinea.
Bonhams claims this pictured 2002 Rolls Royce Silver Seraph Long Wheelbase Saloon needs “cosmetic refurbishment.” The car, which is one of 127 examples made, auctioned for $US36,773
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