Rush drummer Neil Peart‘s collection of classic cars fetched $3.9 million in an auction last weekend.
The automobile collection, dubbed “The Silver Surfers” by the late musician, were auctioned by Gooding & Company as part of their 17th annual Pebble Beach Auctions.
A 1964 Aston Martin DB5, a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289, a 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 S, a 1965 Maserati Mistral Spider, a 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Coupe, a 1973 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Coupe and a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe were the seven cars that were up for bid.
The Laborghini 1970 model fetched the highest price of $1.325 million in the auction, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. The ’64 Aston Martin did not sell as the bids for the vehicle did not reach the reserve price set for sale.
“The title … occurred to me while driving the DB5 up and down the Pacific Ocean. Because it felt right to me, I guess – the idea that I was just one of the wave riders” the drummer once wrote as to why he dubbed the collection as “Silver Surfers.”
“I had moved from Toronto to Los Angeles in 2000 (cherchez la femme), and in search of natural peace I often drove out that way and up into the Santa Monica Mountains,” recalled Peart.
“Out past Malibu to Ventura County, I’d weave along barren ridges of rock and vegetation, the ocean always on one big side. Some days would be misted by the marine layer, while other days the sun blared through a clear sky. The waves were slow and gentle, or churned out a powerful, rolling rhythm,” he continued. “It was during one of these drives when out of nowhere, it just occurred to me that the color of the ocean had influenced the silver palette of the collection. What other color looks as good in a blue photo? Not black, not white – silver. And a fortunate risk for the framers’ art, too: silver frames.”
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