The world’s most valuable barn find: 60 rare cars untouched for 50 years

One of the rearrest finding is a Ferrari 250 GT California Spider valued at between EUR€9,500,000 and EUR€12,000,000 (USD$11,875,000 and USD$15,000,000) at right is one of just three Maserati A6G 2000 Berlinetta Grand Sport Fruas ever made, estimated to be worth more between EUR€800,000 and EUR€1,200,000 (USD$1-1.5 million)

Proof that priceless barn finds are still possible emerged from France this week when elite auction house Artcurial disclosed it had discovered the automotive equivalent of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Earlier this year, Artcurial’s Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff came across the remarkable treasure trove of rare automobiles on a provincial farm in the West of France.

Novikoff had fielded a phone call from the representative of a deceased estate, which in turn had been inherited by the deceased from his father a decade prior. Several children had been bequeathed the estate, which included a collection of old cars that had lain untouched for nearly half a century. In an effort to discover the value of the cars, they called Artcurial, best known as France’s leading auctioneer of art and antiques.

“On the phone, I gathered from the information I was given, that this could turn out to be something important,” said Novikoff (above left), a specialist in the automotive side of Artcurial’s business. “Without realizing the scale, I spoke to Matthieu immediately and we arranged to go there, to find out what it was.”

Lamoure takes up the story: “On entering the gates of this property, we had no idea what we would find. We had to go in through the gardens at the rear of the property, to get a first look.”


“Across three hectares, we could see different makeshift structures. Low shelters covered with corrugated iron. From there, we realised that this was something big. We still didn’t know what we were looking at, but could make out coachwork, weathered by time and the elements. Some modern shapes and others that were older.”

“We continued our exploration at a second site, at the bottom of a field, then in one of the property’s outbuildings, an old barn that had been converted into an improvised garage.”

As Lamoure and Novikoff moved around the farm, they found more and more cars under makeshift structures, often open to the elements and almost all of them were rare … extremely rare.

Here is gallery of some of the best cars that was found in this barn. Once again, it is really shocking finding