29 June 2012
The 2012 Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed
sale was an unprecedented, record-breaking
success. Robert Brooks, Malcolm Barber and
Jamie Knight took to the rostrum as the sale at
the 20th annual FoS broke many world auction
records on its way to a £22m plus total.
Malcolm made history selling the ex-Sir Henry
'Tim' Birkin 1929-31 Bentley 4 ½-Liter 'Blower'
Single-Seater. to an anonymous telephone bidder
at just over £5m – the highest price ever achieved
for a British car at auction. Meanwhile Robert
was the ringmaster of what Jamie Knight has
described as "a piece of pure theater" as 'The
Corgi' 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp 'Silver Ghost'
Double Pullman Limousine realized £4.7m,
the highest price achieved for a Rolls-Royce at
auction, beating Bonhams' own record achieved
in December 2007. Elsewhere one of only 19
right-hand drive Ferrari 275 GTS Spiders realized
£561,500, a world auction record.
Bonhams offered cars from five different
collections at the sale, including several once
owned by famed watchmaker George Daniels,
of which the 'Birkin' Bentley was one. Another
ex-Birkin car in the collection, the ex-works Alfa
Romeo 8C-2300 Spider Lungo in which he took
part in the 1932 Le Mans 24-Hours Endurance
Race alongside his friend Earl Howe, went for
£2,689,500. A 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental
'Fastback' sold for £628,700.
Of the 83 cars offered for sale at Goodwood
67 sold, a very good sale rate of more than 80
Other highlights of the sale included a 1985
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Saloon that was
originally the property of Sir Elton John selling
for £78,220, a 1963 Lotus-Ford Type 27 Racing
single-seater for £101,180, and a few unusual
lots including a full-sized 2000 Lotus M250
concept clay model that made £4,600 and a
replica 1961 Zephyr 6-engine Ford Thames Lotus
Cars Ltd van that sold for £23,000.
To see a video highlight of the 'Birkin' Bentley
and 'Corgi' Rolls-Royce coming under the
hammer, visit: www.bonhams.com/video/10841.
The full list of results from the Sale can be viewed