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Going, going gone! Antibes is world’s first yacht show to host a live yacht auction

Two superyachts have confirmed their participation in the world’s very first live superyacht auction, to be held on Saturday April 20 at the Antibes Yacht Show on the French Riviera.

This ground-breaking event will be held in the VIP lounge of the IYCA (International Yacht Club d’Antibes) at 3.30pm during the penultimate day of the show.

MY Turquoise at 55.4m and MY Matanthar at 30m are the first yachts to confirm their participation in the auction, wihich will be presided over by auctioneer Monsieur Pierre Cornette.

Kerry O’Neill, marketing executive at Yachting Pages, is attending the show. She said, “I think the auction is a fantastic idea and a great way to generate excitement and publicity around superyacht sales, which can sometimes be somewhat clandestine affairs, swathed in anonymity and mystery!

“I’m sure that many potential owners’ representatives will attend in lieu of the purchasers themselves, but am still sure that the Antibes show’s live auction will make a great spectacle for viewers and participants alike.”

Stunning Turquoise was custom-built in 2011 by Turkey’s Proteksan Turquoise yard. Its interior was crafted by Hoek Design Naval Architects, with exterior styling by Dubois.

The beautiful, former family yacht Matanthar is bathed in natural light inside, and will make a great vessel for private use or charter cruising.

The auction will also be broadcast live to the Star Deck in Monaco (above Stars & Bars) allowing those unable to attend the Antibes Yacht Show to still place their bids.

Kerry added, “If you are interested in viewing superyachts with an eye on purchasing, why not browse Yachting Pages’ directories or online to find brokers, charter companies and yacht brokerage shows and events around the world.”

Information on all the yachts listed in the auction is available by contacting

For all other events, such as Seminars, the Crew Lounge or Chefs’ Lounge activities, visit the official show website

For further information about Yachting Pages, visit

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