Bonhams has sold the late Robert White’s extensive collection for £3m at auction, with proceeds going towards cancer diagnosis and treatment facilities in his home county of Dorset
Bonhams has sold the substantial collection of entrepreneur and businessman Robert White at auction, raising a total of £3million. Proceeds from the sale set to fund advances in cancer treatment and diagnosis in White’s home county of Dorset.
White’s collection contained a number of classic cars, motorcycles, watches and vintage cameras. As the founder of one of the UK’s leading photographic retailers, White was known for his passion for collecting.
Four cars were offered in the sale, with a 1930 Bentley 4½-Litre Le Mans-style Tourer selling for £315,100 to a European bidder. Just 670 4½ Litre Bentleys were built between 1927 and 1931, with this particular model offered carrying the popular Le Mans-style Tourer coachwork, made famous from the Le Mans 24-Hour victory in 1928. White’s 1959 AC Ace-Bristol Roadster also sold for £254,620.
White was actually more known for his motorcycle collection, which included a 1951 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow, selling for a strong £88,900. His 1977 MV Agusta 861cc ‘Magni’ sold for £69,700.
Before white died in 2015, he sold his Brough Superiors to his friend and fellow collector Jay Leno. The funds from the Brough Superiors have been used to support the creation of a brand new cancer treatment centre at Dorset County Hospital and new diagnostic facilities at Poole Hospital.
Elsewhere, a rare, handmade British watch from bespoke horologist, George Daniels, soared to more than twice its estimate, achieving £224,500 – a world record price for the model. The 35th Anniversary George Daniels watch took three years to design in conjunction with Roger Smith, and is one in an edition of just 35 ever made.
Debbie Fleming, Chief Executive of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘We’re so grateful to Robert for his immense gift, which will be of benefit to patients for years to come.’
‘Robert curated a fantastic collection, with beautiful items desired by collectors around the world, so it’s of no surprise that the sale has done so well,’ said Ben Walker, Bonhams Head of Motorcycles and head of the auction.