Exclusive footage depicts historic moment Bentley became most valuable British car sold at auction at £5 million

29 Jun 2012, Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Supercharged Single-Seat Racer

Exclusive footage depicts historic moment Bentley became most valuable British car sold at auction at £5 million

29 Jun 2012, Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood

Video also shows sale of Rolls-Royce, which realized £4.7 million, a new world auction record for the marque.

For the first time, Bonhams can offer exclusive video footage of the historic moment a 1929 4½-liter supercharged 'blower' Bentley became the most valuable British car ever sold at auction, selling for just over £5 million. Click here to view this video.

The footage captures the excitement and atmosphere of anticipation that accompanied the sale, which began with an opening bid of £2 million and concluded with the single-seater being sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for a premium inclusive price of £5,041,500.

The Bentley was the ex-Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin race car that, in period, raised the Brooklands Outer Circuit record to 137mph.

The video footage, captured during its sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, also shows another record-breaking sale. Click here to view this video

'The Corgi' 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp 'Silver Ghost' Double Pullman Limousine sold for £4.7 million including premium, the highest price achieved for a Rolls-Royce at auction.

Robert Brooks, Chairman of Bonhams, said: "Bonhams has sponsored this event from its inception some 20 years ago. These results again prove the appraise of provenance and rarity, offered for sale in the best possible surroundings."

Click here to see the auction of the 1929 4½-liter supercharged 'blower' Bentley.

Click here to see the auction of 'The Corgi' 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp 'Silver Ghost' Double Pullman Limousine

Top lots at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale:

Lot 204 – Ex-Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin, The Hon. Dorothy Paget-owned, Brooklands Outer Circuit Lap Record Breaking 1929-31 4 ½ liter supercharged ' Blower' Bentley single seater £5,041,500

Lot 272 – "The Corgi" 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Double Pullman Limousine £4,705,500

Lot 206 – Ex-works Le Mans 24-hour race, Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin / Earl Howe, Italo Balbo, Johnny Wakefield 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Spider Lungo £2,689,500

Lot 202 – 'Floretta' – ex-works, ex-Wil-de-Gose, John Pole, 'Sam' Clutton / Dr Bob Ewen / Jack Williamson / George Daniels 1908 Itala Grand Prix Car £1,737,500


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com

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