A 2014 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster has got $8.4 million at an auction in Switzerland this Sunday. This has made it the most valuable Lamborghini that has ever been auctioned as the auction house stated.
This Lamborghini Veneno Roadster was a part of the selection of 26 supercars that have been auctioned off by Bonham and the state of Geneva. These cars were seized from the vice president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the son of the oil-rich country’s dictator, Teodor Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
Obiang Mangue faced charges for money laundering and robbing of more than $100 million in 2017. The case was eventually closed in February, but the Lamborghini had been seized by Swiss authorities in 2016. The 26 supercars were able to accumulate a total of $27 million at the auction. A big portion of sales, amounting to $23.5 million, will be donated to a charity in Equatorial Guinea as per Bonhams.
The roadster version of the Veneno was valued at $3.6 million when it was revealed in 2014. The Veneno was based on the Lamborghini Aventador and was built in celebration of the automaker’s 50th anniversary. All nine units of the Veneno Roadster were sold out instantly.
The automaker said about Veneno, ‘This Lamborghini concept car represents state-of-the-art design inspired by aeronautics, capable of giving you the indescribable feeling of flying on the road.’ The car was auctioned off for about $8.2 million, thus making it the most expensive Lamborghini to have ever been auctioned.
This one is the seventh unit of Lamborghini Veneno Roadster out of the total 9 that were made. The car has been driven for a total of 202 miles and is in a brand new condition other than the slight scratch that it has on the right rear wheel. It has the legendary V12 engine and can achieve a top speed of 221 mph while being able of going from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds.
Bonhams also said, ‘Lamborghini’s aim with the Veneno was to create a close approximation to a sports-racing prototype that would nevertheless be road legal, which entailed making a big departure from the styling of previous Lamborghini models.’
Bonhams said the ownership of such a car as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.’