Star power boosts Silverstone Auction sale

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Star power boosts Silverstone Auction sale | ClassicCars.com Journal
Bullitt-spec Dodge Charger with celebrity ownership provides star power on the block | Silverstone Auctions photos

Although it was far from the top sale of the event, a Bullitt-spec 1969 Dodge Charger formerly owned by actor Bruce Willis and rocker Jay Kay of Jamiroquai was the star of Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro sale last weekend in England.

The car sold for £94,500 ($131,961), nearly double its pre-auction estimated value, the auction company said.

Star power boosts Silverstone Auction sale | ClassicCars.com Journal
Ex-Elton John Aston Martin brings $306K on the auction block

Cars with celebrity provenance did well at the two-day sale of competition and classic cars. Overall, the company posted a nearly 70 percent sell-through rate and £3.7 million (nearly $5.17 million) in overall sales.

A 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550, with a manual gearbox and previous ownership by Elton John, sold for £219,375 ($306,339), one of the highest amounts paid at the auction.

Offered at no reserve, a 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E formerly owned by comedian Rowan Atkinson sold for £71,300 ($100,123) while his 1989 Lancia Thema 8.32 brought £29,813 ($41,631).

Star power boosts Silverstone Auction sale | ClassicCars.com Journal
British racing championship 1990 Ford Sierra RS500

“Away from the celebrity glitz and glamour, fast Fords also proved that demand remains strong,” Silverstone reported, noting the sales of a 1987 RS200 in road spec for £157,500 (219,936), a $1980 Escort RS2000 Mk2 for £50,525 ($70,554), a 1974 Escort Mk1 RS2000 for £37,125 ($51,842), a 1986 Sierra RS Cosworth for £41,625 ($58,125) and a 1996 Escort RS Cosworth for £58,500 ($81,690).

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Among competition cars, the 1990 British Touring Car Championship-winning Fod Sierra Cosworth RS500 “Group A” raced by Robb Gravett sold for £182,250 ($254,497) and a ready-to-compete 1970 Lola T210 SL210-07 fetched £146,250 ($204,226).

Silverstone Auctions’ next sale is scheduled for May 18-19 in conjunction with the Ferrari Owners’ Club GB.

Star power boosts Silverstone Auction sale | ClassicCars.com Journal
The scene at the sale

 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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