Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen cars featured in $5.4M auction


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Silverstone Auctions closed its 2018 season out 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.

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Automotive icons

A 1945 Willys Jeep MB once owned by McQueen sold for £84,375 ($110,000). Silverstone Auctions said that the restored vehicle was the subject of a fierce bidding war until the hammer dropped.

“To sell two of Hollywood’s most beloved superstars’ 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.”

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Lined up at the finish

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, as well as a 1996 BMW 850 CSi. Each car fetched a price of £85,500 ($111,000).

A 1958 Volkswagen Beetle restored by Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead sold for £33,750 ($44,000). All proceeds from that sale were donated to the Brain Tumour Research Trust in Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

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