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This month classic-car auctioneers are expected to shell over $16 million in California for a 1930s Mercedes at a sales held by Gooding & Co., RM Auctions and Bonhams.

Only 30 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster were built, and this exquisite piece to be auctioned is one of them. It may exceed the $16.4 million record set by Ferrari at an auction last year, and also the price of a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder convertible, estimated at $9 million.

“I’ve never seen so many expensive cars come up for auction at one time,” Tom Hartley Jnr., a Derbyshire. U.K.- based classic auto dealer said in an interview. “What happens this month is going to say a lot about the market.”

The auction on August 18th-19th will present 122 vehicles at Pebble Beach, many of them unique in the world. The 1936 Mercedes is expected to be the highlight of the auction, followed by a 1935 Duesenberg Model JN Convertible Coupe, which was owned by Hollywood star Clark Gable, which is valued at $9 million, and a 1931 Bentley 4.5-liter “Blower” Boat Tail, valued at $8-$10 million.

Other models offered at this auction are: a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, a 1997 GTC Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren F1 GTR racer, a restored 1966 Ford GT40 racer, and many other exquisite models, many of them formerly owned by famous persons.