A charity auction selling Sir Jimmy Savile’s most prized possessions was on course to raise a huge £1million last night. Sales of the late DJ’s trade mark cigars, cars, sunglasses and tracksuits were likely to raise three times the estimated price.
A Rolls Royce nicknamed The Beast belonging to the late entertainer sold for an enormous £130,000. It still had his personalised JS 247 private number plate, just one of many of his cherished number plates attached to it and was expected to be the highest priced single item at the sale Saviles Hall, Leeds.
The luxury wheels were brought by an internet buyer as hundreds of the star’s fans watched on.
Many at the auction were fans determined to pick up smaller items including lamps, egg cups and pieces of his famous golf bling. Care home owner Angela Swift splashed out £22,000 on Sir Jimmy’s yellow BMW bubble car after he did a good turn for her residents. Ms Swift said she wanted to repay the Jim’ll Fix It star who died aged 84 last October, for opening a care home in Stockton-on-Tees.
The first item to go was a highland suit which went for £280. The tweed jacket and kilt was the first first of 549 lots to go under the hammer in aid of Sir Jimmy’s Charitable Trust.
Stuart Levin who paid £700 for a gold tracksuit said he will be auctioning it later in the year for his Make A Dream charity. Other lots included sir Jimmy’s exercise bike which sold for £75 and a novelty egg cup teapot with a picture of Sir Jim holding it went for £380.