Video: Jimmy Savile’s possessions go up for auction
A ROLLS-ROYCE belonging to the late Sir Jimmy Savile has sold for £130,000 at an auction targeting a £1 million total as the broadcaster’s final fix it for charity.
Cigars, jewellery and the red velvet chair from the popular BBC children’s programme, Jim’ll Fix It, were among the thousands of mementos and personal belongings sold at auction at Savile Hall in Leeds yesterday. The most expensive item is expected to be the Rolls Royce, which Savile dubbed “The Beast” and which was fitted with his personalised number plate JS 247. The car was sold to an anonymous bidder for £130,000. A small yellow bubble car sold for £22,000.
The first of 549 lots to go under the hammer was one of the late DJ’s Highland suits, a tweed jacket and kilt which went for £280.
The sale was watched by around 300 people packed into the room and many more bidders taking part over the phone and via internet. A tireless charity worker, Sir Jimmy is thought to have raised more than £40 million for good causes in his lifetime. He died just before his 85th birthday last year and requested his belongings be sold for charity after his death.
The sale was watched by relatives including Sir Jimmy’s niece, Amanda McKenna, and his nephew, Roger Foster.
Stuart Levin, who paid £700 for a gold lame tracksuit, said he will be auctioning it later in the year for his Make A Dream charity, which helps terminally ill children. The DJ’s shepherd’s crook was estimated to sell for between £30-£60 but eventually sold for £380, while one of his silver lame tracksuits sold for £190.
Nick Beckwith said he was determined to get one of Sir Jimmy’s bikes and managed to secure Lot 27 – a Falcon 21-gear mountain bike for £420.
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