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A 1996 Bentley Continental T Coupé, which was first owned by music legend Sir Elton John, was one of the highlights at Bonhams’ Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars Automobilia sale at Rockingham Castle, Leicestershire on Saturday 19 June. Sold for £58,700, the car has only 25,000 miles on the odometer.

The sale made £822,957 in total with an 82% sale rate. Jamie Knight, Group Head of the Motoring Department at Bonhams, says: “This is a pleasing result showing a continuing demand for Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars.”

Top prices were also paid for a 1924 Rolls-Royce 45/50 hp Silver Ghost Drophead Coupé, formerly the property of famous motoring author and collector David Scott-Moncreiff, which fetched £82,900; a 1930 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Sedanca de Ville, previously owned by Emily Macy Brewster of the Brewster coachbuilding family, which sold for £77,400; and a 1949 Bentley Drophead Coupé, which made £52,100.

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK. 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 five throughout the UK. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Boston in the USA; Toronto, Canada; and France, Monaco, Australia, Hong Kong and Dubai. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 57 specialist areas. By the end of 2009, Bonhams had become UK market leaders in ten key specialist collecting areas.For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, go to (May 2010).

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