A Ferrari 250 GT California Spider (1961) is auctioned 14,2 million euros in Paris on February 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK
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The rare California Spyder – a car which features 13 times on the list of the 100 most expensive cars ever sold – was bought new by French actor Gerard Blain and later sold to fellow actor Delon.While classic cars are now snapped up and extremely valuable, this was not the case a few decades ago when inventor and automobile enthusiast Roger Baillon became one of the first collectors.He had a transport business in the west of France, raking in a fortune in the post-WWII boom and in 1947 designed and built his own car known as the Bluebird.He bought the property in 1953 to turn into an automobile museum, snapping up classic cars – some saved from the scrapyard – between 1955 and 1965 .
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