The damaged Lamborghini Countach featured in Martin Scorsese’s film “The Wolf of Wall Street” is set to be auctioned in Abu Dhabi later this month. The car, which was used in a memorable scene where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character crashes it into various objects, including parked cars and mailboxes, is expected to sell for between $2.5 million and $3.4 million.
The director initially used a genuine 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary ‘hero car’ for the filming, but he felt that the damage sustained in the initial crash footage was not enough to convincingly sell the scene. To achieve the desired effect, the car was repeatedly crashed into by another vehicle and a flatbed truck, resulting in significant additional destruction.
Despite the extensive damage, the car comes with various items authenticating its status as the hero car from the film, including photographs, behind-the-scenes footage, and letters of authenticity. The buyer will also receive the clothes worn by DiCaprio during the scene, as well as a signed director’s chair and clapboard. Furthermore, two DVD copies of the film are included for those without a Netflix account.
The auction, organized by Bonhams, will take place during the final round of the 2023 Formula 1 season at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The Lamborghini Countach’s sale is expected to attract a lot of attention from car enthusiasts and collectors due to its unique cinematic history. The car is considered not only a piece of automotive history but also a Hollywood legend and a work of art.
Bonhams estimates that the damaged Countach will fetch between $2.5 million and $3.4 million, reflecting its significance and rarity. The car, although still in its unrestored and damaged state, serves as a time capsule of the film’s extravagant and debaucherous nature. The auction house describes it as a true Hollywood legend, preserved in impeccable condition and ready to captivate admirers once again.