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Bonhams smashes world record prices for Bentley and Rolls Royce in £22 million Goodwood Festival sale

 

In a bit of a variance from our main theme of old master art, I thought I would highlight another of my passions, vintage automobiles.  This sale of just a few days ago at Bonhams featured some automobiles that are of such beauty, I feel they qualify as art objects.

WEST SUSSEX.- The eyes of the world were on Bonhams on Friday 29 June as its Goodwood Festival of Speed sale broke several world records on its way to £22 million in the festival’s 20th anniversary year.

Leading the pack was the ex-Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin 1929 4 ½-litre supercharged ‘Blower’ Bentley single-seater, which when new raised the Brooklands Outer Circuit record to 137mph. It sold for £5,042,000/US$7,907,000, the highest price ever achieved for a British car sold at auction.

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1929-31 4½-Litre Supercharged ‘Blower’ Bentley Single-Seater (Image 1)

1929-31 4½-Litre Supercharged ‘Blower’ Bentley Single-Seater (Image 2)

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The next highest sale price was achieved by “The Corgi”, a 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp ‘Silver Ghost’ Double Pullman Limousine, which sold for a record-breaking £4.7 million/US$ 7,371,000.  “The Corgi” Rolls-Royce is one of the most widely recognised of the company’s ‘Silver Ghost’ production to survive. A generation of school boys played with the Corgi Toys ‘Silver Ghost’, modelled after this unique Double Pullman Limousine. An opulent and imposing design in name and style, it echoed the luxurious ‘Pullman’ Railway carriages pioneered by American George Pullman.

The car has perhaps been best described by Sports Car Market magazine as ‘a masterpiece of elephantine Edwardian elegance’.

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“The Corgi”: 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Double Pullman Limousine

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Robert Brooks, Chairman of Bonhams, said: “We always believed that the Goodwood Festival of Speed was the perfect place to sell two of Britain’s most iconic cars.

“Bonhams has sponsored this event from its inception 20 years ago. These results again prove the value of provenance and rarity, offered for sale in the best possible surroundings.”

Lot 206 – Ex-works Le Mans 24-hour race, Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin / Earl Howe, Italo Balbo, Johnny Wakefield 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Spider Lungo, sold for  £2,689,500/US$ 4,218,000.

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1932 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Spyder Lungo (Image 1)

1932 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Spyder Lungo (Image 2)

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Lot 202 – ‘Floretta’ – ex-works, ex-Wil-de-Gose, John Pole, ‘Sam’ Clutton / Dr Bob Ewen / Jack Williamson / George Daniels 1908 Itala Grand Prix Car, sold for £1,737,500/US$ 2,725,000.

1908 Itala Grand Prix Car (Image 1)

1908 Itala Grand Prix Car (Image 2)

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Other automobiles which we found particularly beautiful were:

Lot 209:  Originally the property of the 4th Earl of Craven; 1907 Daimler Type TP 45 10.6-litre Four-Seat Tourer.  Sold for £359,900/US$ 567,395.

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1907 Daimler Type TP 45 10.6-litre Four-Seat Tourer (Image 1)

1907 Daimler Type TP 45 10.6-litre Four-Seat Tourer (Image 2)

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Lot 232:  1938 Bentley 4 ¼ litre Four Door Cabriolet, Coachwork by Carrosserie Worblaufen of Switzerland.  Sold for £135,900/US$ 213,118.

1938 Bentley 4 ¼ litre Four Door Cabriolet, Coachwork by Carrosserie Worblaufen of Switzerland

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Lot 242:  1937 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé. Estimate £80,000 – 100,000/US$ 125,400-156,820.

1937 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Drophead Coupé

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Discussion

One thought on “Bonhams smashes world record prices for Bentley and Rolls Royce in £22 million Goodwood Festival sale

  1. Gorgeous machines. You’re right, works of art.

    Posted by jmned | July 2, 2012, 5:06 pm

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