Six of the coolest concept cars ever made - all the mark of legendary Italian design house Bertone - go to auction this month, by order of the Italian bankruptcy court dealing with the assets of the collapsed Bertone Group. The design arm of the business, Stile Bertone, is still very much alive, but not in a position to buy back every exhibit from its fantastic in house museum (see W* 82).

And so, automotive experts RM Auctions will put them under the hammer on Saturday May 21 at Villa Erba, to coincide with the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este weekend.

The historic annual event began as far back as 1929, but was only brought back to life in the 1990s through the patronage of BMW. In a short time it has become one of the world's most exclusive classic car shows, with a fittingly beautiful setting on the shores of Lake Como.

Many of the greatest car brands in the world will have vehicles featured - the new Aston Martin Zagato is set to be globally unveilled - and the the Bertone concept sale will certainly make this year a memorable one. The lots include three amazing

Lamborghinis - the Marzal, Bravo and Athon - as well as the ultra low-slung 1970 Lancia

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