Silverstone closes 2018 with $5.4M auction featuring Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen cars

Silverstone closes 2018 with $5.4M auction featuring Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen cars

The sale also raised thousands for charity

Silverstone Auctions closed out its 2018 auction season with a £4.2 million ($5.4 million) sale over the weekend that featured cars once owned by Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen.

Sinatra’s 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible, given to him for his 70th birthday by fellow Rat Pack members Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin, fetched a final price of £140,625 ($183,629) including the buyer’s premium.

Prior to the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale auction in Birmingham, England, the Rolls-Royce underwent a £47,000 ($61,000) recommission and preservation.

A 1945 Willys Jeep MB once owned by McQueen sold for £84,375 ($110,000). Silverstone Auctions said the restored vehicle was the subject of a fierce bidding war until the hammer dropped.

McQueen's Willys Jeep MB was a head-turner at the sale. | Silverstone Auctions photo

McQueen’s Willys Jeep MB was a head-turner at the sale. | Silverstone Auctions photo

“To sell two of Hollywood’s most beloved superstar’s cars at the NEC was a real honor for the team,” Harry Whale, a classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions, said in a news release. “We saw fantastic results throughout the two-day sale and it was exciting to see these two truly one-of-a kind cars sell at our 2018 season finale.”

Also featured at the sale were a handful of cars owned by Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay. His collection sold for £345,563 ($451,000) in all, led by a 1989 BWM E30 M3 Johnny Cecotto Ltd Edition with just 18,000 miles and a 1996 BMW 850 CSi, each of which fetched a price of £85,500 ($111,000).

This is one of two BMWs owned by Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay that sold at auction. | Silverstone Auctions photo

This is one of two BMWs owned by Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay that sold at auction. | Silverstone Auctions photo

A 1958 Volkswagen Beetle restored by Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead sold for £33,750 ($44,000). All proceeds of that sale were donated to the Brain Tumour Research Trust in Birmingham.

Overall, the sale recorded a 64 percent sell-through rate.

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