Nautical movie royalty: Bardot’s boat up for sale

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In recent years, RM Sotheby’s has offered a number of highly significant Riva powerboats alongside the many wonderful and historic classic cars for which the company has a worldwide reputation.

In keeping with that trend, RM announced that it will be offering two additional notable Rivas at its forthcoming biennial sale during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Lake Como, Italy, on May 23.

Known by the name, Nounours, the 1959 Riva Super Florida, Hull No. 341, was purchased new on the behalf of film director and the former husband of Brigitte Bardot, Roger Vadim, at the Monaco Boat Service in 1959.

The boat was then gifted to Bardot, who kept it at her St. Tropez villa, where it was often seen moored outside.

Bardot used the boat regularly during the early 1960s, after which it was sold to a well-known restaurateur in the St. Tropez region, where it remained for many years. The boat changed hands again in 1996 and in the years since has benefitted from a full specialist restoration.

Often referenced in books on Brigitte Bardot’s life and career, Nounours is an icon of the famous St. Tropez “jet set” period in the 1960s.

It’s estimated value is $80,000-$120,000.

For further information on RM Sotheby’s sale during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este or to view a frequently updated list of entries, call 44 20 7851 7070 or visit www.rmauctions.com.