I can only imagine the euphoric feeling of discovering the abandoned barn in France, filled with treasures. Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff from the French auction house Artcurial eyes must have widened upon discovering the excellent condition of the sixty rare cars.

Last Autumn the two experts from one of France's leading auction houses visited the old abandoned barn in the countryside of France.

Cars for millions

The barn and the cars belonged to the entrepreneur Roger Baillon, who dreamed of opening a private museum where his rare collection would be displayed. Economic setbacks sadly put an end to the grandiose plans, and Baillon was forced to sell fifty, of the nearly two hundred cars from his collection while the other cars slowly fell into oblivion as they stood in his old barn. Now, several decades later, Baillons grandchildren called upon auction house experts to evaluate the supposed wrecks and to possibly sell cars.

Alain Delon critical to sales

One of the real rarities was a rare 1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spider, which was once owned by actor Alain Delon. According to photographs from 1964, he brought Jane Fonda for a ride in the Ferrari. The car was sold last Friday at auction for £10.5 million. The legendary French actor affiliation with the car was a key factor in its high hammer price.

''I just took the car for two years. Everything that has been written about the sale of this vehicle is without my consent,'' Delon said. A statement which most probably increased interest in the car.

Royal cars under the hammer

Amongst the cars was a Maserati Gran Sport A6G Frua from 1956 as well as a Delage D6-11 S, as well as Bugattis and other well known names in luxury cars. A Talbot-Lago T26s that belonged to the Egyptian King Farouk was found inside the barn.

Opening the tomb of Tutankhamun

Matthieu Lamourse, director of Artcurial Motorcars, who uncovered the Baillon Collection along with his colleague, called the find a treasure and compare it unabashedly with the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb.

''We had no idea what we would find, but soon realized that it was something big.''

Total hammer price for the sale was around £19.6 million.