Classic cars go under the hammer

Classic cars, including a Ferrari which belonged to Barbarella film director Roger Vadim, have gone on sale in France.

The late auteur's Ferrari 250 GT California model fetched a final sale price of £3.7 million (4.5 million euro) as part of the Artcurial sale, which took in £12 million (14.5 million euro) in total.

Another classic model was the 1913 Delauney Belleville Type 06 8-litre, which had been taken apart and hidden during the Second World War only to be reassembled much later. Its final sale price was £391,155.

A crowd of more than 100 people came to watch the sale, which included a rather curious lot - a 1965 Citroen CV, bought new and with only 116 miles on the clock. That little piece of history went for £49,412.

Although economic times are hard, the sale showed that the appeal of classic cars never wanes.

Copyright Press Association 2012