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Auction at Christie's exceeded all expectations

Elton John and several of his cars
Elton John with several of the automobiles in the auction

Twenty Exceptional Motor Cars from the Collection of Sir Elton John, have been auctioned at Christie's in London, UK, June 5th 2001. The collection was compiled over the last thirty years and consisted mostly of British manufactured cars. Superb examples of Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce, but also 3 Ferrari, were offered to both fans of Sir Elton John and aficionados of fine British and Italian automobiles alike. Throughout the auction, prices soared and the auction realized a total of £1,951,725 or $2,749,981 (1£ ~ $1.409) .

Elton John - 5 of his Bentleys
5 of the 9 Bentleys in the auction

Elton John - 1978 Aston Martin
1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, sold for £80,750

Sir Elton John decided to sell the automobiles because he does not get to drive them enough any more. "I'd rather they went to people who can get pleasure out of them everyday", Elton said. Although he was in Atlanta at the time of the auction, Sir Elton followed the progress of the sale and the final outcome was quite surprising. "There's obviously a lot of money to be made from second-hand cars! It's great to know that the people who have bought my cars place such a high value on them, and that the care that has been put into looking after them over all the years has been well worth it. I hope that all of the new owners enjoy these cars as much as I did."

Elton John - 2 of his Bentley Convertibles
Bentley Convertibles
The automobiles in the auction were:

1956 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback
sold for £196,250

1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur
sold for £67,550

1962 Bentley S3 Saloon - sold for £54,050
1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Saloon
sold for £86,250

1964 Bentley S3 Continental Convertible
sold for £69,750

1965 Bentley S3 Continental Fixed Head Coupe
sold for £41,125

1965 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster
sold for £80,750

1973 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine by H.J. Mulliner - sold for £223,750
1975 Bentley Corniche Convertible
sold for £49,350

1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
sold for £80,750

1984 Aston Martin V8 Volante
sold for £86,250

1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
sold for £102,750

1986 Ferrari 412 Coupe - sold for £42,300
1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante
sold for £101,650

1987 Ferrari Testarossa - sold for £49,350
1987 Bentley Turbo R Saloon - sold for £49,350
1992 Ferrari 512 TR - sold for £89,550
1993 Jaguar XJ 220 - sold for £234,750
1995 Bentley Continental - sold for £163,250
1997 Bentley Turbo R 400 Saloon
sold for £82,950

Elton John - Jaguar E-Type and XJ 220
Jaguar XKE, sold for £80,750
and XJ 220, sold for £234,750
Elton John - several of his cars in the driveway
Sir Elton John's Driveway
Elton John - Ferrari 512 TR and Testarossa
Ferrari 512 TR, sold for £89,550
and Testarossa, sold for £49,350

The buyers of Sir Elton John's automobiles were private parties as well as institutional buyers. Every single automobile sold above the already high estimates - some reached three to four times the amount estimated. Several of the automobiles sold might leave the UK since they have been bought by foreign bidders, but the majority may stay in Great Britain.

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