1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Fetches £82,900 at Bonhams Auction

1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Fetches £82,900 at Bonhams Auction A 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost cost a new owner £82,900 to head the 2010 results of the annual Bonhams sale for the R-R and Bentley marques during RREC Rally weekend, which this year was held on the Rockingham Castle estate in Northamptonshire, reports Richard Hudson-Evans. Having been supplied new in 1924 to Ferodo founder Herbert Frood with Park Ward All Weather Tourer coachwork, the 45/50hp had been re-bodied as a Drophead Coupe in the late 1950s. Although half a dozen of the higher priced lots in the auction tent failed to attract buying bids this time, a formerly Brewster family member owned 1930 R-R 40/50hp Phantom II with Sedanca de Ville coachwork by Brewster did pull a close to top estimate £77,400. Whilst an only 25,000 miles from new in 1996 Bentley Continental T Coupe attracted a more than guide price £58,700 and a within estimate £52,100 was available for a 1949 Bentley MkVI 4¼-Litre with Park Ward Drophead Coupe coachwork. A 1936 R-R 25/30hp Sedanca de Ville by H J Mulliner that had once belonged to celebrated Berkeley Square R-R and Bentley dealer Jack Barclay himself sold for a within estimate band £42,750 and a 1932 R-R 20/25hp with Tony Robinson crafted 4-Seater Tourer in VDP-style for a much more than expected £42,200. A James Young bodied 1963 Bentley Continental 4-Door found a within estimate £40,550 and the once Alan Whicker owned 1955 Bentley R Type 4½-Litre the required £32,200. The late Barry Burnett’s 1938 R-R Wraith raised a more than forecast £25,875 and a 1974 R-R Corniche HJMPW Convertible a low estimate £25,300. While a once Thai Royal Family owned 1929 R-R 20hp, originally with Parisian coachwork, but re-bodied in Putney in 1935, made a better than forecast £24,150 and returns to Thailand. This year, 26 vehicles changed hands for £729,640, an average spend per car of £28,063 - compared to 28 selling for £913,818, an average of £32,636, in 2009. As ever with this hardy annual however, the automobilia was keenly contested with a Rolls-Royce ‘Half Hunter’ gold-cased pocket watch of 1926 costing £2530 and a Rolls radiator display cabinet £2070. A Bentley 3-Litre Limited Edition of 50 Gent’s Swiss-made wrist watches generated £1840 and twenty-four R-R Bulletins from the 1920s and 1930s the same money. A Merlin piston and connecting rod from a Spitfire attracted £1725, a Silver Ghost type Spirit of Ecstasy mascot in solid silver with 2005 hallmark £1610 and a Sterling silver Spirit of Ecstasy from 1977 £1495. Sales Statistics: 26 of the 38 offered cars sold with a 68% sale rate amounting to £729,640 total sales including 15% buyers premium Written by Richard Hudson-Evans

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