Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Most Magnificent Rolls Royce Ever Built: SOLD SOLD SOLD! (Daily Mail)

The most magnificent Rolls-Royce ever built: Ivory and silver fittings, silk door panels and a china tea service... £5m salute to opulence and British craftsmanship

Unique: This 100-year-old Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce has sold for a world-record price of £5million after a furious budding war at Bonhams

    Unique Silver Ghost known as 'The Corgi' after being copied by toy maker
    Price driven sky-high as two enthusiasts duelled in £100,000 increments
    Hammer fell at £4.7m to anonymous buyer - more than twice £2m estimate
    Six-cylinder, 7.3l vehicle in immaculate condition with perfect provenance
    Originally bought by a man from South Croydon in 1912 for around £1,000
    Put up for sale at Bonhams after latest owner was killed in a road accident

It manages just six miles to the gallon and has a top speed of only 60mph.

But this 100-year-old Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost has zoomed into the world record books, selling at auction for almost £5million following a fierce bidding war.

It was originally bought for £1,000 in 1912 (almost £93,000 in today’s money) but has now gone under the hammer for £4,705,500, making it the most expensive Rolls-Royce ever sold at auction.

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