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

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A Rolls-Royce once owned by Frank Sinatra led Silverstone Auctions' final sale of the year that also featured cars owned by Steve McQueen and Jay Kay. | Silverstone Auctions photo
A Rolls-Royce once owned by Frank Sinatra led Silverstone Auctions' final sale of the year that also featured cars owned by Steve McQueen and Jay Kay. | Silverstone Auctions photo

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).

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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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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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