Casting aside any false modesty, RM Sotheby’s confidently describes its forthcoming Icons auction as “the culmination of all collector car auctions in 2017”. It includes great Ferraris, Apple founder Steve Jobs’ famous BMW and a perfect E-type Jaguar: it you want to bid, have a deep bank account.

It’s being held on December 6 at the Sotheby’s global headquarters in New York as part of a week-long celebration of auction events relating to the recently created Sotheby’s Luxury Division.

As you’re about to see, the lots already confirmed are of very high quality. Nearly all are expected to be sold for six- or seven-figure sums.

Erik Fuller (c) 2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's Start slideshow