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Global Hypertension Experts Launch First-of-its-Kind Online Resource to Help Healthcare Professionals Address Most Challenging Form of Hypertension

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Resource Endorsed by the American Society of Hypertension and the European Society of Hypertension

ERLANGEN, Germany and BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ –The Power Over Pressure steering committee today announced the launch of the world’s first online resource created to help healthcare professionals improve diagnosis and develop solutions for treatment-resistant hypertension, an urgent and growing public health issue that affects 120 million people worldwide.[1],[2] Developed by global hypertension experts and endorsed by the American Society of Hypertension and the European Society of Hypertension, this new, free resource is available at

“Despite focused efforts and the introduction of multiple new therapies, the percentage of hypertension patients resistant to treatment has increased by 62 percent in the last 20 years – making it critical for physicians across all disciplines who care for these patients to work together to improve patient outcomes,” said Suzanne Oparil, M.D., professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics, director of the vascular biology and hypertension program in the division of cardiovascular disease at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the United States and co-chair of the Power Over Pressure Steering Committee. “ was designed to be the one-stop comprehensive digital location for everything related to treatment-resistant hypertension, including educational guides, slide sets, and other valuable tools to help physicians more quickly identify people with treatment-resistant hypertension and optimize their care plans through current and emerging treatment approaches.”

Patients with treatment-resistant hypertension, defined as persistently high blood pressure despite treatment with three or more antihypertensive medications, have a three-fold increase in risk of cardiovascular events compared to individuals with controlled high blood pressure.[3] It is often caused by multiple factors including lifestyle and underlying conditions, making its management complex and potentially requiring the involvement of hypertension specialists.[4] Diagnosing treatment-resistant hypertension is a process of elimination, and several factors must be considered before a patient with presumed treatment-resistant hypertension can be classified as truly treatment-resistant.

At healthcare professionals have access to a systematic, step-wise approach to evaluate, diagnose, and manage treatment-resistant hypertension. This approach can be used to help confirm the diagnosis of treatment-resistant hypertension, as well as identify areas for hypertension treatment optimization. The approach focuses on:

Confirming the accuracy of blood pressure measurement
Optimizing pharmacotherapy and adherence
Addressing lifestyle barriers to blood pressure control
Considering referral to a specialist
Because the management of treatment-resistant hypertension patients often requires a multi-disciplinary approach, the online resource was designed to help establish community support among physicians and patients through downloadable tools and materials including:

A primer that highlights key educational topics in treatment-resistant hypertension, such as the magnitude of the problem, diagnosis, pathophysiology, and current and emerging management approaches
Educational resources to foster peer-to-peer best practice sharing
Treatment-resistant hypertension has a significant impact on patients emotionally and has a profound impact on their everyday lives. A recent global survey of more than 4,500 patients with uncontrolled hypertension, conducted through the Power Over Pressure program, found an alarming 65 percent of people with treatment-resistant hypertension reported that high blood pressure remains their most serious health concern. Eighty percent of patients with treatment-resistant hypertension reported that their high blood pressure has had a negative impact on their overall peace of mind and six out of ten patients (60 percent) admitted to being very worried about having a stroke as a result of their high blood pressure.

“While some patients who suffer from presumed treatment-resistant hypertension might achieve blood pressure control with an antihypertensive drug regimen, some particularly difficult-to-treat cases may remain uncontrolled despite maximal drug therapy,” said Roland Schmieder, M.D., professor of internal medicine, nephrology and hypertension and head of the clinical research center hypertension and vascular medicine at the department of nephrology and hypertension of the University Hospital Erlangen in Germany, and co-chair of the Power Over Pressure Steering Committee. “It can be an extremely frustrating and expensive condition to manage for both physicians and patients. It is our goal that becomes the premier resource for supporting best practices to improve diagnosis accuracy and actively treat this growing, high-risk patient population.”


Developed by a team of global experts in hypertension, Power Over Pressure is a global campaign to advance the diagnosis and management of treatment-resistant hypertension, a debilitating and potentially life-threatening disease affecting nearly 120 million people worldwide.[1],[2] Power Over Pressure is endorsed by the American Society of Hypertension and the European Society of Hypertension. For more information, please visit

Power Over Pressure is supported by Medtronic, Inc., the global leader in medical technology.

[1] Egan, Brent M., et al. “Uncontrolled and Apparent Treatment Resistant Hypertension in the United States, 1988-2008.” Circulation 2011;124:1046-1058.

[2] Hypertension and cardiovascular disease. World Heart Federation. 2011. disease-risk-factors/hypertension/. Accessed March 2, 2012.

[3] Doumas, Michael, et al. “Benefits from Treatment and Control of Patients with Resistant Hypertension.” International Journal of Hypertension 2011 (2011) Article ID 318549, 8 pages, 2011. doi:10.4061/2011/318549.

[4] Calhoun, David, et al. Resistant Hypertension: Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment : A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association Professional Education Committee of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research. Circulation. 2008;117:e510-e526.


Lee-Ann Murphy

SOURCE Power Over Pressure

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August 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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X-Financial Solutions Limited (XFSOL), a Leading UK based Broker Solutions Provider, is Delighted to Announce the Launch of a Complete Brokerage Solution for Institutional Clients

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LONDON, Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The Complete Brokerage Solution( ) enables XFSOL to provide banks and brokers with a wide variety of trading services such as liquidity, and technology solutions such as the xStation and MetaTrader4 (MT4) platforms.

XFSOL offers a full turn-key solution for brokerage companies and banks who want to complement their existing business by additionally offering trading capabilities based on the online automated trading applications, MetaTrader 4 or xStation 2.0.

The Full Broker Solution provides banks and start up brokers with the technology required to launch a successful brokerage in the Forex industry, including trading platforms with excellent liquidity and execution. The full package includes the MT4 platform, risk management capabilities, CRM Integration, Straight Through Processing (STP) execution & B book capabilities as well as other proprietary platforms such as xMobile, xTab and xStation.

Juan Jutgla, Head of Global Institutional Business, commented on the new offer:

“Our group has seen an increased demand among banks and institutional clients for flexible trading solutions. We can now adapt easily to the institutional client’s business model and deliver cutting edge trading environments including the MetaTrader 4 or give complete flexibility via xStation 2.0 trading server and platforms. XFSOL will continue to provide innovative and comprehensive solutions for the FX market.”

The XTB group Chairman, Jakub Zablocki also commented on this new offer:

“As an extension to our important retail business; via X-Financial Solutions UK we will be able to provide institutional clients with the same technology, liquidity and professionals that our group uses. While keeping their independence from the retail business, we hope to assist X-Financial Solutions in their already impressive institutional market penetration. We are proud to launch our own trading server which will provide full flexibility and independence to our institutional customers around the world.”

This new offer will allow banks and other financial institutions to benefit from enhanced tier one liquidity sources and execution, while having access to the Full Brokerage Solution: MT4, xFeed, xStation, xMobile, xTab, xManager, xRisk and CRM Integration. X-Financial Solutions benefits from XTB Group’s market presence, liquidity and industry know-how while retaining its independence.

Contact XFSOL

Phone: +44-20-394 1700
Skype: xfsol.sales
E-mail: )


Address: 75, 1st Floor, Shoe Lane London EC4A 3BQ, United Kingdom.

X Financial Solutions Limited is Authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Services Authority (FRN522157) with its registered and trading office at 1st Floor, 75 Shoe Lane, London EC4A 3BQ, United Kingdom (company number 07227848).

SOURCE﹛X-Financial Solutions Limited

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August 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm

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Real World Perspectives Driving Real World Change

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ATC Global Unveils 2013 Conference Agenda

LONDON, Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — ATC Global revealed today an agenda for its 2013 three day conference, taking place on 12-14 March in Amsterdam, that will spark honest debate about the current progress with global ATM interoperability. A panel assembled to represent stakeholders from every global region will answer the difficult questions, discuss the current strategies in place and steer debate towards a more robust framework for accountability that will instil confidence in those funding this leap forward in technology and service.

Paula Milburn, ATC Global Director, said: “ATC Global 2013 will be a unique opportunity for the full breadth of the ATM community to discuss the true implications of ICAO’s November 2012 Air Navigation Conference within a well-established, independent and inclusive forum. This agenda has been designed in close consultation with industry experts to reflect the growing concerns of regulators, ANSP’s, suppliers, airports and aircraft operators”.

The first day will address the progress being made with the ANC 2012 Block Upgrades. Special focus will be given to Latin America and other growth regions to highlight the effects that NextGen, the implementation of the Single European Sky and ASBUs will have on regional operations and global harmonisation.

The second day will evaluate the reality of progress made by ANSPs so far. Through an interactive visual ‘Scorecard’ the panel will review and measure their effectiveness in delivering real world progress, as well as discuss the subject of accountability. This conference will shine a cold light on how the governance and structure of individual ANSPs might be affecting the way they implement regulatory requirements.

The final day will bring the discussion back to the timetable of implementation and give conference participants the opportunity to evaluate the uptake of new technology; examining the differing requirements between all global regions and the varying obstacles to implementation. This is an opportunity to set out a realistic timetable for the delivery of credible benefits to the air transport system.

Due to enthusiastic feedback from attendees of the 2012 event, the ATC Global 2013 conference has developed from two days into three days. This directly addresses the wishes of our ATM stakeholders to have greater participation in panel sessions, to be able to see a larger variety of presenters and to have the time to draw effective conclusions.

The conference agenda can now be viewed in full on the website at A published list of speakers will follow shortly.

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Notes to Editors:

About ATC Global:

ATC Global has been uniting the entire ATM industry annually since 1990. It provides an independent and impartial marketplace for ATM businesses from every region, small and large and regardless of affiliation. It brings together the broadest range regulatory bodies, ANSPs, industry organisations and suppliers to establish and maintain meaningful partnerships.

The ATC Global conference agenda is set by an Advisory Board made up of senior decision-makers from throughout the industry, determining the right discussions for the whole of the industry. The conference and workshops examine a wide range of topics, with speakers drawn from all sections of the ATM community.

ATC Global currently holds its annual event at the Amsterdam RAI. It is a subsidiary of the global B2B communications and marketing provider UBM.

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About UBM Live:

UBM Live, now a finalist for the 2012 Haymarket Event Awards, operates a number of market leading exhibitions, awards, websites/online products and publications in twenty different business sectors with offices in the UK, Netherlands, USA, UAE and Brazil. Our brands include CPhI, IFSEC, and Food Ingredients. Cruise Shipping Miami, Technology for Marketing and Advertising, International Confex, Informex and many more. UBM Live is part of UBM Ltd

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August 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm

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Leica Biosystems To Acquire Aperio

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NUSSLOCH, Germany and VISTA, Calif., Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Leica Biosystems announced that an affiliate has entered into a definitive agreement to acquireAperio, a leading provider of ePathology solutions.

Aperio will be integrated into Leica Biosystems, a leader in anatomical pathology solutions. Together, the two businesses will leverage each other’s strengths to grow and expand digital pathology into the global Life Science and Healthcare markets. The integrated business will provide industry leading solutions in each step of the anatomical pathology workflow, from sample preparation and staining, to imaging and reporting. The company will continue to offer both the Aperio and the existing Leica portfolio of Digital Pathology solutions, so that customers will enjoy more freedom to choose a solution that meets their individual needs.

Aperio is a global leader in digital pathology, with the largest installed base of systems in both Life Science and Healthcare. Aperio ePathology Solutions include whole slide scanners, a NETWORK solution that enables remote, real-time viewing and easy distribution of images for peer review, collaboration and consultation. Its PRECISION solution provides pathologists with easy-to-use quantitative image analysis to improve research and clinical productivity, reproducibility, and consistency. Customers include clinicians and researchers working in hospitals, reference laboratories, pharma and research institutions.

“We are excited to acquire Aperio, because of its leadership in digital pathology, innovative product portfolio, and its very experienced global team. We share the commitment to advancing cancer diagnostics to improve lives. This acquisition positions us to better address the growing demand for personalized medicine and the increasing challenge of staff shortage in the global pathology market. Together we offer the market an end-to-end solution from the time that the specimen is collected to the time that the results are delivered, to help our customers improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence,” said Arnd Kaldowski, President of Leica Biosystems.

“We believe that Aperio will benefit from the heritage, deep pathology expertise, and strong brand recognition of Leica Biosystems,” said David Schlotterbeck, CEO of Aperio. “The combined product offerings and improved reach into the diagnostic market will make our ePathology Solutions more widely available. We see our goals as synergistic and together we can address the regional and global imbalances of pathology expertise available for patient care and research.”

About Leica Biosystems

Leica Biosystems offers histopathology laboratories the most extensive product range with industry leading solutions for each workflow step, to enable the improvement of workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. Leica Biosystems is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 7 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany. Further information can be found

About Aperio

For over a decade, Aperio has advanced the technology that enables glass slides to be digitized and securely shared with others. Aperio products are transforming the practice of pathology in hospitals, reference labs, and pharmaceutical and research institutions around the world. From the moment glass slides are elevated to eSlides, Aperio ePathology Solutions equip pathologists with the power to evaluate, engage, and excel like never before. The NETWORK enables remote, simultaneous, real-time viewing and easy distribution for consults and collaboration. PRECISION tools empower pathologists with advanced analytic capabilities. An interoperable, scalable, and secure web-based software platform facilitates integration with existing systems. With Aperio ePathology Solutions, organizations can optimize their pathology operations for transparency, consistency, and efficiency to support patient care, personalized medicine, and research. For clearance updates, specific product indications, and more information please visit

SOURCE﹛Leica Biosystems ; Aperio

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August 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm

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Sands China Ltd. Announces Opening Date for Latest Phase of Development at Sands Cotai Central

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World’s largest Sheraton to open its doors September 20

MACAO, China, Aug. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Sands China Ltd. (HKSE: 1928), a majority-held subsidiary of global integrated resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS), has announced September 20, 2012 as the opening day for the second phase of its Sands(R) Cotai Central integrated resort.

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Foremost among the new facilities is the opening of the first of two hotel towers from Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, with a second tower opening in early 2013. The hotel is the world’s largest Sheraton at 3,896 guestrooms, as well as the largest hotel in Macao. The hotel’s Kashgar grand ballroom will offer nearly 53,000 square feet (4,900 square metres) of pillarless meeting and event space. And Shoppes Cotai Central adds a second level of duty-free shops, plus additional restaurants and an international food court.

The opening is the most recent benchmark in Sands China’s push to firmly establish Macao as one of Asia’s leading business and leisure destinations. The opening will further expand the diversity of choices on the Cotai Strip(R) with additional accommodation, dining, entertainment, retail, gaming and meeting and convention offerings. The company’s Macao investment toward that goal is in excess of US$8 billion to date, and will soon bring Sands China’s combined Cotai Strip offerings to over 9,000 rooms across five international hotels, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space, over 600 luxury duty-free shops and more than 57 international restaurants, bars and lounges.

“The opening of the Sheraton Macao Hotel at Sands Cotai Central represents another milestone in my vision for the Cotai Strip,” says Las Vegas Sands and Sands China Ltd. Chairman Sheldon Adelson. “I’m very happy to see Sheraton join our growing family of integrated resorts on the Cotai Strip. Sands China remains committed to establishing Macao as a world centre of tourism and leisure, and Asia’s number one business and leisure destination. The addition of Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central and its impressive array of luxury accommodation is an important development towards reaching that goal.”

Sands China Ltd. President and Chief Executive Officer Edward Tracy says, “Our team members worked incredibly hard to launch Sands Cotai Central back in April; they’ve worked equally hard to introduce the expanded facilities of Sands Cotai Central to Macao this September. All of us are excited to unveil this latest development and we are already looking forward to serving our visitors with the opening of our next phase in early 2013.”

The opening ceremony will take place on September 20, with exciting entertainment highlights to be announced. More information on Sands Cotai Central is available at

For high resolution versions of this and other related photos, please access the Sheraton online media library:

Statements in this press release, which are not historical facts, are “forward-looking” statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond the Company’s control, which may cause material differences in actual results, performance or other expectations. These factors include, but are not limited to general economic conditions, competition, new ventures, government regulation, legalization of gaming, interest rates, future terrorist acts, insurance, and other factors detailed in the reports filed by Las Vegas Sands Corp. with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Las Vegas Sands Corp. assumes no obligation to update such information.

About Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading global developer of destination properties (Integrated Resorts) that feature premium accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment, convention and exhibition facilities, celebrity chef restaurants, and many other amenities.

The Venetian(R) and The Palazzo(R), Five-Diamond luxury resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, and Sands(R) Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania are the company’s properties in the United States.

In Singapore, the iconic Marina Bay Sands(R) is the most recent addition to the company’s portfolio.

Through its majority-owned subsidiary Sands China Ltd., the company also owns a collection of properties in Macao, including The Venetian(R) Macao, Four Seasons Hotel Macao, and Sands Cotai Central, a 13.7 million square foot 6,400-room complex opening in early 2012 at the company’s COTAI STRIP(R) development. The company also owns the Sands(R) Macao on the Macao peninsula.

Las Vegas Sands is also committed to global sustainability through its Sands Eco 360º program and is an active community partner through its various charitable organizations.

About Sands China Ltd.

Sands China Ltd. (HKSE: 1928, Sands China or Company) is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), and a listed company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company owns and operates The Venetian(R) Macao-Resort-Hotel, The Plaza(TM) Macao and Sands(R) Cotai Central at the Cotai Strip(R) and Sands(R) Macao on the Macao peninsula. The Company’s integrated resorts contain a diversified mix of leisure and business attractions and transportation operations, including large meeting and convention facilities, a wide range of restaurants, shopping malls, world-class entertainment at the CotaiArena(TM) and the Venetian Theatre, and high-speed CotaiJet(TM) ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company’s property development projects on Cotai have the goal of transforming Cotai into Asia’s premier entertainment and business destination.

For more information, please visit

Asia Media Contact:

Public Relations, Venetian Macau Limited Melina Leong Tel: +853 8118 2085 Email:

Mabel Wu Tel : +853 8118 2268 Email:

SOURCE Sands China Ltd.

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August 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Theater Security Cooperation for the South China Sea

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — The Association of Old Crows (AOC) and the Information Operations Institute (IOI), present Pacific Theater Air, Sea, Land Battle Concepts: IO/EW/Cyber Operations International Conference. This inaugural international event focusing on strategic international partnerships, takes place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii, October 16-18th, and addresses the leading edge of future operations in the Pacific Theater. Sessions focus on potential threats and opportunities across the South China Sea and surrounding waterways of global significance. Presenting, are experts from the US, Australia, Japan, Korea, and other nations to discuss implications of new concepts of operations (Air, Sea, Land Battle Concept) and the ongoing need for strategic partnerships with a concentration on programming and budget areas.

The continued stability of the Pacific region and partnership outreach efforts in Theater Security Cooperation will be thoughtfully analyzed by presenters from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) with US Pacific partners, Public Diplomacy, Strategic Communications, and Information Operations. On Day one of the conference, speaking on behalf of OSD, is Mr. Austin Branch, Senior Advisor for Strategy & Plans for Information Operations & Strategic Studies. The keynote by, Lt Gen Daniel Leaf, USAF (Ret), identifies challenges in the Pacific Region Information Environment and the role of “soft power” and strategic partners in achieving sustaining effects. To maintain stability in this region, the four elements of national power must be discussed: Diplomatic, Information, Military and Economic; within the context of dramatic changes in the Information Environment. Using this principle, Ambassador (Ret) Lauren Kahea Moriarty, Dean of Academics at the College of Security Studies, identifies the existing mechanisms for these instruments to be better integrated in order to encourage US relationships with foreign entities to leverage diplomatic and military efforts in a coordinated and unified way. Following that, Ambassador Alberto M. Fernandez from the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, adds a perspective on continued integration and coordination between regional partners and the US when violent extremism and terrorism are involved. Ambassador Brian Carlson of the US Department of State then facilitates a panel discussion by identifying where Information Operations stands within each sovereign nation.

AOC is a non-profit international Electronic Warfare/Information Operations (EW/IO) association which promotes electromagnetic spectrum operations and related activities across military, civilian and commercial applications.

SOURCE﹛Association of Old Crows

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August 23, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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Gooding & Company breaks world record for the highest sale total in automotive auction history with $113.7 million in Pebble Beach

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Top two sales of the concours week over $11 million each

Average price per car sold is $1,033,966

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance( ) and acclaimed for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, sold more than $113.7 million at its Pebble Beach Auctions on August 18 and 19. This is an outstanding achievement and a world record sale total for an automotive auction.


Twenty-four collector cars sold in excess of $1 million, highlighted by the von Krieger Special Roadster, a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K, sold for “1,770,000,( ) a double world record for a Mercedes-Benz and a pre-war car at auction. The previous evening, a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider sold for “1,275,000( ), realizing a world record for a Ferrari California Spider.

“There continues to be differentiation in the market between the best and everything else and I believe that our success stems from our understanding of quality in all categories,” says David Gooding, President and Founder. “Our record-breaking results and this year’s unprecedented international interest in our auction clearly demonstrate the growing demand in high-level classic cars among new collectors and emerging markets.”

Ferrari was a big part of the weekend with eight models between 1953每1962 selling above $2 million each. A significant offering for enthusiasts, the Sherman M. Wolf Collection of four exceptional cars resulted in a total of $21.5 million in sales. Of the collection, the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione attracted the most demand selling for $11,275,000, which was also the second most valuable car sold of Pebble Beach auction week. On Sunday, the 1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Prototype sold for $6.6 million.

About Gooding & Company

Gooding & Company, internationally celebrated for its world-class automotive auctions, provides unparalleled service in the collector car market, offering a wide range of services including private and estate sales, appraisals and collection management. Gooding & Company will conduct its 2013 auctions on January 18 and 19 in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 9 in Amelia Island, Florida and August 17 and 18 in Pebble Beach, California.

SOURCE﹛Gooding & Company

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August 23, 2012 at 10:45 am

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